This game was from a tournament that was the last before the great war, infact the Russian Alexander was arrested as a spy becuase it was held in Germany, a few other Russians and East European players at the tournament in Mannheim, were arrested too but Alekhine was soon let out to go home. The chess scoresheets used were used in evidence as prospective spies, anyone who has seen chess scoresheets will understand the missunderstanding. They (chess scoresheets) are a record of each individual game and you can use them to recreate any game with precission. They have writing like Nxf5 and Bf4 on them as you can see from the text below of the moves. They were what was used to keep this record of the game, even though all the game scoresheets played throughout history, have since been placed into a database on a computer and its a record of the database that this games score comes from.
1.e4 e6 this is called the french defence, at the time most chess players were replying e5 to e4 still. The French Defence has a reputation of being fairly solid.
2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 This is called the classical system of the French Defence.
5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4 This was the first showing of this move at the highest level now one of the most popular French Defence moves. It was played by Emanuel Lasker in 1910 (4 years earlier) but not against strong opposition. Its a gambit but it has a fierce reputation as White has a strong attack against the king with the open h-file.
6...Bxg5 7.hxg5 Qxg5 Taking up the gauntlet c5 was safer. [7...c5+/= ]
8.Nh3 Qe7 9.Nf4 Nf8?? [9...c5~~ ]
10.Qg4!? the double threats are 11.Qxg7 or 11.Ncxd5 exd5 12.Qxc8+
10...f5 11.exf6 gxf6 12.0-0-0 renewing the Ncxd5 threat as with the king on e1, if Ncxd5 then exd5 is check from the line being opened from the Black Queen on e7 to the White King on e1. With the White King safely away on c1 now opening up the position leads to the loss of the Bishop on c8 again.
12...c6 13.Re1 Kd8 14.Rh6 e5 15.Qh4 Nbd7 [15...exf4?? if Black takes the Knight then everything falls for Black. 16.Rxe7 Kxe7 17.Qxf6+ Ke8 18.Qxh8+- ]
16.Bd3 e4 17.Qg3! Qf7 [17...exd3?? again everything falls if this time Black takes the Bishop. 18.Rxe7 Kxe7 19.Qg7+ Kd6 20.Qxh8 ]
18.Bxe4! dxe4 19.Nxe4 Rg8 20.Qa3!! this seemingly Queen shuffle has an enormous potential in creating problems for Black which are unsumountable.
20...Qg7 21.Nd6 Nb6 [21...Qxh6 22.Nf7+ Kc7 23.Nxh6+- ]
22.Ne8!! what on earth is the Knight doing there???? but it is a completely conclusive move.
22...Qf7 [22...Qd7 23.Nxf6 when the Kitchen sink is hanging.]
23.Qd6+ Qd7 24.Qxf6+ there is no defence to Mate ie (24...Qe7 is the only move and 25.Qxe7#). 1-0