19 January 2014

Alekhine Dozes at the Board

The number of interesting items has picked up since the previous edition of Top eBay Chess Items by Price (see Chess Set Brands and Character Families), but is still not up to usual standards. Of the two auctions I had on today's short list, I chose the item pictured below. It was titled 'Alexander ALEKHINE ALEJIN Russia World CHESS Champion AUTOGRAPH Argentina 1925', and sold for US $650 after a single bid.

I liked the item more for the photo than for the signature, which I already featured once in 'A' Is for Alekhine's Autograph. The description said,

You are bidding for a large picture (20x28cm) with Original AUTOGRAPH of the French-Russian World CHESS Champion. ALEXANDER ALEKHINE signed in his visit to Rosario (Argentina) on October of 1925, before he won the challenge to Capablanca in Buenos Aires.

The position on the board might occur after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3. The Queen's Gambit puts me to sleep as well.

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