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Sao Flohr (1908-83) was a jour­nal­ist and one of the top play­ers in the world dur­ing the 1930s. From 1928-1937 he played in 50 tour­na­ments, win­ning or shar­ing first prize in 24 of them ahead of such play­ers as Alekhine, Ca­pablanca and Botvin­nik. Flohr had no train­ers or sec­onds and all he at­tained in chess was achieved thanks to his nat­u­ral tal­ent and the ex­pe­ri­ence he ac­quired through prac­tice. In 1937 FIDE des­ig­nated Flohr as the ‘of­fi­cial’ chal­lenger for the world ti­tle against Alekhine, but the po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tain­ties of the time pre­vented such a match tak­ing place. Ear­lier in 1933 he drew a match with Botvin­nik 6-6 af­ter ini­tially lead­ing with two wins. When World War 2 be­gan Flohr fled to Swe­den and then the USSR where he be­came nat­u­ralised. He en­tered the Soviet cham­pi­onship nine times be­tween 1944 and 1955 with­out great suc­cess and con­cen­trated more on his jour­nal­ism. In con­trast to his dour po­si­tional style with the em­pha­sis on the endgame, he was a writer of con­sid­er­able wit- his ma­jor works be­ing his books on the Pet­rosian-Spassky matches of 1966 and 1969.

Flohr,Salo - Lasker,Emanuel [E14]

Moscow, 1936

1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.b3 Be7 5.Bb2 0–0 6.d4 b6 7.Nbd2 Bb7 8.Bd3 c5 9.0–0 Nbd7 10.Qe2 Rc8 11.Rfd1 Qc7 12.Rac1 Qb8 13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Ne4 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Bc4 Rcd8 18.Qg4 Bc6 19.Rxd8 Qxd8 20.Rd1 Qa8 21.a4 a6 22.e6 f6 23.Rd7! Bxd7 24.exd7+ Kh8 25.Qe6 Qd8 26.Bxa6 f5 27.Be5 c4 28.Bxc4 Bc5 29.g3 Qe7 30.Bc7 Qxe6 31.Bxe6 Be7 32.b4 h6 33.a5 bxa5 34.bxa5 g6 35.Bd5 1–0

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