Alexander Alekhine’s Chess Games, 1902–1946

2543 Games of the Former World Champion, Many Annotated by Alekhine, with 1868 Diagrams, Fully Indexed


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About the Book

This is by a large degree the most comprehensive accounting of the games of this brilliant chess player. Presented are 2,543 of Alekhine’s games, in an exhaustive catalog that is the result of many years of digging—an effort unparalleled in the history of chess game collections. Many of the games are annotated by Alekhine and 1,868 diagrams appear overall. The book includes games from his earliest correspondence tournaments in 1902 through his final match with Francisco Lupi at Estoril, Portugal, in January 1946.

About the Author(s)

Leonard M. Skinner is a marine scientist who lives in South Glamorgan, Wales.
Robert G.P. Verhoeven lives in The Hague, the Netherlands, and was formerly a librarian in the chess department of the Royal Dutch Library.

Bibliographic Details

Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G.P. Verhoeven
Foreword by Alex A. Aljechin
Format: library binding (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 824
Bibliographic Info: 1,868 diagrams, references, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 1998
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0117-8
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

Historical Book of the Year—United States Chess Federation. Finalist, Book of the Year—British Chess Federation
“the most substantial historical publishing event of the decade…lavishly-bound McFarland epic…wonderful”—British Chess Magazine; “Alekhine’s career has been thoroughly documented…this magnificently produced book is essential for anyone seriously interested in chess history”—Chess Mail; “extensively researched…massive…raised the bar for single-player collections and biographies by several orders of magnitude…impressive”—; “this is truly a monumental work”—Chess Horizons; “excellent…exceptionally well-investigated…a superb piece of work which immediately takes its place in that highest and rarest class of books: those which permanently enrich our beloved game”—New In Chess; “a fine addition to chess literature…a giant of a book on a giant of a player…highly recommended”—Inside Chess; “astounding…gorgeous…beautiful…any chess historian must exult when seeing the detailed quotations of sources for each game…the authors succeeded in writing a splendid Alekhine Career Record which will be an excellent guideline for further research on Alekhine’s chess…the book will satisfy every demanding reader”—Quarterly for Chess History; “a feast of information…a huge number of games, many well annotated by the champ…an incredible number of complete crosstables and charts…outstanding…thoroughly researched, well written and handsomely produced…full of content…highly recommended”—Blitz Chess; “staggering”—Chess Life; “this book is very well researched and it is the most comprehensive and detailed book about Alekhine so far…highly recommended…a magnificent piece of work”—Seagaard Chess Reviews; “the best-researched and most detailed work”—The Washington Post; “this weighty tome is worth every penny…truly valuable…unparalleled collection of games”—Chess Moves; “the most comprehensive accounting of the games of this brilliant chess player ever published…a labor of love…recommended”—Check; “outstanding”—The Hull Chess Club Magazine; “research like never before!”—Chess Digest; “unique…incredible”—Winnipeg Free Press; “recommended…not to be missed by any Alekhine-researcher”—Chess News; “the best book on one of the greatest players of all”—The Sunday Express, London.