Alexander Alekhine Games
Hello Chess for Children kids! My name is Alexander Aleksandrovich Alekhine. I was a Russian chess Grand-master and the fourth World Chess Champion. So listen to my story about how I started playing chess.
Alekhine : Early Life
My youth was privileged because I was born into a wealthy family in Moscow, on October 31, 1892. The name of my father was, Ivanovich Alekhine. He was a landowner and Privy Councilor to the conservative legislative. My dearest mother, Anisya Alekhine, was the daughter of a rich industrialist.
I was first introduced to chess by my mother, an older brother, and an older sister.
Early Chess Career
My first known game was from a correspondence chess tournament that began on December 3, 1902, when I was ten years old. Then I participated in several correspondence tournaments, sponsored by a chess magazine, in 1902-11. In 1907,
I played my first over-the-board tournament. In 1908, Surprisingly, then I won the club’s Spring Tournament, at the age of 15. In 1909, I won the All-Russian Amateur Tournament in Saint Petersburg.
For the next few years, I played in increasingly stronger tournaments, some of them outside Russia. At first I had mixed results, but by the age of 16 I had established myself as one of Russia’s top players.
In April-May 1914, a major St. Petersburg, 1914 chess tournament was held in the capital of the Russian Empire, in which I took third place behind Emanuel Lasker and Jose Raul Capablanca. By the age of 22, I was already among the strongest chess players in the world.
During the 1920s, I won most of the tournaments in which I played. In 1921, I left Soviet Russia. I the represented France since 1925 until my death.
In 1927, I became the fourth World Chess Champion by defeating Jose Raul Capablanca. I defended my title many times and even lost it to Max Euwe. Training very hard I then defeated Euwe and got my title back!
My character was criticized because I never gave a rematch to the man I had won the title from, Capablanca and as a result we became bitter enemies.
When World War 2 broke out I was trapped behind enemy lines and was forced to play in weak chess tournaments by the Nazis.
I am mostly known for my fierce and imaginative attacking style, combined with great positional and end-game skill.
Through chess, I developed my character. Chess first of all teaches you to be objective. You can become a big master in chess only if you see your mistakes and short.
I was also the author of over 15 books.
When the war was over, I still retained the title of World Champion and sadly on Sunday, March 24, 1946, I died.
I remain to this day the only player to die with the title.
Want to Know More?
If you would like to read more about me there is a great article here.
If you would like to read about Capablanca, my rival you can go here..