Friday, June 16, 2006

Euwe: "Alekhine lives!"

This is not really about chess but there is a little tid bit about Max Euwe.

Former world chess champion and then Fidé president Max Euwe had reportedly exclaimed, after being defeated by a Nepalese competitor in the late 1970s, "Alekhine lives in Nepal!" The homegrown chess master was Baburam Bhattarai, the Communist ideologue, and later a senior standing member of the politbureau of Communist Party of Nepal. Mr Bhattarai, who abandoned a promising career in chess to pursue politics, says chess is to Communists what water is to duck. According to him, Communists were chess cognoscenti.

And that's it. The rest is about Nepalese politics. But if you want to, you can read the entire article here.

1 comment:

Malejewicz said...

Well Robert Fischer lives in Iceland after being arrested in Japan for "Visa irregularities" and was blackballed by the USA for his match with Spassky played in Belgrade in the 1990's.Political intrigues and chess have never divorced themselves from each other.
My understanding is that there has always been a cloud over the death of Alexander Alekhine. He did collaborate with the Nazi's remember. I believe he was 'capped' on the orders of Lavrenti Beria. Alehkine's assasination seems very plausible.
I do not believe he was living in Nepal.