Alexander Alekhine

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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.

World Champion 

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..

Alexander Alekhine, A chess for Children chess article
Alexander Alekhine
Alekhine in 1908
Alekhine in 1908
Alekhine Capablanca World Championship 1927
Alekhine Capablanca World Championship 1927
Alekhine Playing Bogoljobov
Alekhine Playing Bogoljobov
Alekhine 1936
Alekhines grave in Paris
Alekhines grave in Paris