Sport: Battle in Baden-Baden

In Baden-Baden, Germany, the kings gathered for their last stand. Some in black, some in white, their swart or pallid queens beside them, they saw their knights sally into the ruffle and broil of the encounter to win a momentary conquest, or to fall, dying the death that is reserved for privilege in defeat. It was a lean day that did not see a dozen monarchs overcome. Upon the neat battlefields, the gods of the nations were at war: Sir George Thomas for England, Spielmann for Austria, Rosselli for Italy, Jacques Mieses for Germany, Colle for Belgium, Alexander Alekhine for Russia,...

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