This is my 100th Chessable blog post. The number set me thinking about what was happening in the world of chess 100 years ago.
The world was still trying to return to normal in 1920, following a time of unparalleled tragedy and catastrophe. The Roaring Twenties waited in the wings, ready to step in with prosperity, freedom and all that jazz.
Meanwhile, back on the chess board, new events were emerging. October 1920 brought the First USSR Chess Championship. Alexander Alekhine is the inaugural champion. Within a year he will leave Russia for good; in 1927 he will become World Champion, a title he will eventually take to the grave after a turbulent and controversial tenure.
100 Years Ago: Alekhine on the Attack
Alekhine’s terrific tactical skill allowed his opponents very little respite. Here are two snippets from the tournament, showing how he used tactics to finish off his games in style.
Alekhine’s queen is under attack, as is the bishop on d4. It doesn’t matter; he is still in full control of the position.
He played 25 …Bxf3! and White resigned. The key line is 26 Rxe8 Rxe8 27 gxf3 Re1+ 28 Qxe1 Qf3 checkmate.
The white king is in big trouble in the next example too.