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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Alekhine vs. Junge – Tactical Instruction

Junge, a fanatic Nazi
     I blogged on Klaus Junge back in 2011 and recently played over his famous loss to Alekhine. Even if you have played over this game before, it's worth a second look because in addition to analyzing it with engines, I have also included Alekhine's notes. 
     The game is instructive because of the “signposts” that indicate the possibility of of a tactical solution for white. For more information on spotting these signposts you can download my pdf booklet Hints on How to Study Chess For the Most Rapid Improvement from Dropbox HERE
     This game was played in the third General Government Championship was held in Warsaw, Lublin and Krakow from 11–24 October, 1942. 

1) Alexander Alekhine 7.5 
2) Klaus Junge 6.5 
3) Efim Bogoljubow 6.0 
 4-5) Fritz Sämisch and Rudolf Keller 5.5 
6) Georg Kieninger 5.0 
7) Alfred Brinckmann 4.5 
8-10) Werner Kunerth,Wolfgang Weil and Hans Roepstorff 4.0 
11) Hans Zollner 2.5 

     These General Government chess championships (Schachmeisterschaft des Generalgouvernements) were Nazi tournaments held during World War II in occupied central Poland. Hans Frank, the Governor-General of General Government, was the patron of those tournaments because he was an avid chess player. The competition began when he organized a chess congress in Krakow on 3 November 1940. Six months later Frank announced the establishment of a chess school under Efim Bogoljubov and Alexander Alekhine. 
     In addition to the above players, Paul Schmidt, Karl Gilg, Josef Lokvenc, Hans Müller Austria, Paul Mross Poland, Teodor Regedziński (who played under the name of Reger), Leon Tuhan-Baranowski (who played under the name of Lisse) and Fedir Bohatyrchuk were also frequent competitors in this series of tournaments. 
     I also did two other posts related to the connection between Alekhine and Bogoljubow and the Nazis.

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