Alexander Alekhine

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Alekhine, Alexander

Alekhine, Alexander (əlyĕkhˈēn), 1892–1946, Russian-French chess player, b. Moscow. He became a naturalized French citizen after the Russian Revolution. At the age of 16 he gained the rank of master and in 1927, by a surprising defeat of Capablanca at Buenos Aires, became world champion. In 1930 at San Remo, Italy, he did not lose a single game in a tournament that included all of the major European players. In 1935 he lost the championship to Max Euwe but regained it in 1937 and kept it until his death. His clear and realistic style and the brilliance of his middle-game and end-game combinations are found in his book, My Best Games of Chess, 1924–1937 (1939).


See study by R. G. Eales and A. H. Williams (1973).

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Alekhine, Alexander


Born Oct. 20 (Nov. 1), 1892, in Moscow; died March 24, 1946, near Lisbon; buried in Paris. Russian chess player, world champion from 1927 (after defeating J. R. Capablanca) to 1935 and from 1937 (after defeating M. Euwe, who took the championship from him temporarily) to 1946. Emigrated to France in 1921.

Alekhine was a representative of the Russian chess school of A. D. Petrov and M. I. Chigorin. He was a brilliant master of combination play and was the world’s champion in blindfold chess. His chess moves are thoroughly studied not only by Soviet chess players but by chess players all over the world.


Moi luchshie partii. Translated, edited, and with a foreword by N. I. Grekov. Moscow-Leningrad, 1927.
Mezhdunarodnyi shakhmatnyi turnir ν N’iu-Iorke, 1927. Moscow-Leningrad, 1930. A collection of all championship games. (Translated from German.)
Na putiakh k vysshim shakhmatnym dostizheniiam (1924–27). Moscow, 1932. (Translation.)
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