The Unfortunate Fate of Salo Flohr Contemporary chess finds its threshold in the 1930s. The “modernism” of the immortal Morphy, via Steinitz, found full expression in Lasker and Capablanca. In oblique opposition, the hyper-modern school, lead by Nimzowitsch and Reti, developed. Harmonizing these theoretical extremes were such monumental players as Botvinnik, Keres, and, most notably, Alekhine. Indeed, a veritable cauldron of chess evolution boiled and rolled!