Visiting Monsieur Alekhine

I came back yesterday from a brief trip to Paris with my son Sam. Top of our agenda was a visit Alexander Alekhine’s grave at Montparnasse Cemetery, which along with the promise of seeing a few railway stations won out over Euro Disney. OK, we march to a different beat…

It’s not easy to persuade one’s 10 year old son that he’s not the central attraction, which is why most of the photos featured his very important presence. At least in this one I got him to smile:

Son Sam With Alekhine In The Background

This one was taken in one of those brief moments when I got Sam to stand elsewhere. Admittedly it isn’t as interesting though the purists will probably like it:

Alekhine’s Grave Without Son

Finally here’s a close up of a message left by a Russian speaker. It was left on g1(?) and had been written on the back of what looked like a bus ticket, an oblique reference to his game against Richard Reti?

An Improvised Thank You Message

I too would like to take this opportunity to thank Alekhine for his wonderful games, without which the World would have been a much poorer place. And here’s that game against Reti:


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: