The life of Savielly Tartakower was marked by paradox. He was a passionate man who fought for the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1914-18 and then for the Allies against Germany in the Second World War.
He changed nationalities four times, being born Russian and becoming in turn Austrian, Ukrainian, Polish and French. A debonair gambler, poet and wit, he was yet haunted throughout his life by a youthful indiscretion in pre-war Vienna.
And he was also a world-class chess master who left a legacy of beautiful play and fascinating accounts of the game. In life inscrutable, half a century after his death some of Tartakower’s mystery can now be fathomed.
David Lovejoy was born in London and educated at Oxford University. He is currently a journalist living in Australia. As an amateur chess player his highest achievement was the championship of Queensland many years ago. He has written a successful autobiography called 'Between Dark and Dark'.
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