The Hague-Moscow 1948 Match/Tournament for the World Chess Championship
The Hague-Moscow 1948 Match Tournament
for the World Chess Championship
by Max Euwe
The crossroads of chess history occurred on March 24, 1946, when the 4th world chess champion, Alexander Alekhine, passed away. He was the first – and still the only – champion to die while holding the title. To select a new champion, a powerful quintuple round-robin was held in The Hague and Moscow. The five strongest players of the era, including one former world champion, two future world champions and two perennial contenders, took part in a grueling two-month, 25-round tournament. “The match-tournament of 1948 in The Hague and Moscow was one of the most important events in the history of chess. It produced a new world champion, Mikhail Botvinnik, and it was also the start of a new era in which the championship would be regulated by FIDE by means of an intricate system of qualification tournaments that would function with only small changes for decades.” (From the Foreword by Hans Ree). Max Euwe, the fifth world champion, wrote a splendid account of this historic event. It includes a review of all previous encounters between the participants, background information, as well as all the games of the tournament, deeply annotated by Euwe. This fascinating account is finally available in English. You are invited to follow Mikhail Botvinnik, Vassily Smyslov, Sam Reshevsky, Paul Keres and Max Euwe as they battle for the title and the chess world starts its journey through the post-World War II era and the beginning of the Soviet hegemony.
About the Author
Max Euwe (1901-1981) was the fifth world chess champion. He won the title from Alekhine in 1935 but was defeated in the rematch two years later. He wrote extensively on chess theory and openings and was one of the most respected players of his day.
Print Length: 240 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936490692
Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Inc. (September 30, 2013)