Today’s chess tactics are from actual games played during the 1924 Paris chess olympiad–July 12 to 20– which was the first such team event of its kind. The organizers of the summer olympics decided to consider chess a sport to help facilitate its organization. As well, at this historic event FIDE was created (July 20, 1924). http://www.olimpbase.org/1924x/1924in.html
As only amateurs could participate at the Olympiads in those days, it should not be surprising that Paris’ most famous player (Alexander Alekhine) was the tournament director of the event!
The solutions to today’s tactics can be found at http://www.wtharvey.com/ol24.html
Unless otherwise stated, the side with the ‘dot’
is to play and win. Good luck!
Manuel Golmayo de la Torriente vs Kornel Havasi, Paris, 1924
White Mates in 4. Hans Johner vs Shaun Smith, Paris, 1924
Herman Mattison vs Luis Palau, Paris, 1924
Stefano Rosselli Del Turco vs E Malmberg, Paris, 1924
Anatol Tschepurnoff vs Victor Kahn, Paris, 1924
K Vanek vs Marcel Duchamp, Paris, 1924
Black Mates in 5. Ion Gudju vs Carl Behting, Paris, 1924
Ramon Rey Ardid vs Giovanni Cenni, Paris, 1924
Kornel Havasi vs Max Euwe, Paris, 1924
John O’Hanlon vs Max Euwe, Paris, 1924
Gerard Oskam vs George Koltanowski, Paris, 1924
Sandro Kohn vs Joern Schulz, Paris, 1924
Here are some rare photos from the 1924 chess olympiad
The event had 54 participants from 18 teams. Alekhine can be seen seated in front of the chessboard. Only one of the participants was female.
The olympiad was held at the prestigious Majestic Hotel
While no longer the Majestic Hotel, this is the building today!
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS