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Alekhine, Alexander

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
[pgn height=500 initialHalfmove=0 autoplayMode=none] [Event "Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match"] [Site "Buenos Aires ARG"] [Date "1927.09.16"] [Round "1"] [White "Jose Raul Capablanca"] [Black "Alexander Alekhine"] [Result "0-1"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Ne2 Nge7 7.O-O Bf5 8. Bxf5 Nxf5 9.Qd3 Qd7 10.Nd1 O-O 11.Ne3 Nxe3 12.Bxe3 Rfe8 13.Nf4 Bd6 14.Rfe1 Nb4 15.Qb3 Qf5 16.Rac1 Nxc2 17.Rxc2 Qxf4 18.g3 Qf5 19.Rce2 b6 20.Qb5 h5 21.h4 Re4 22.Bd2 Rxd4 23.Bc3 Rd3 24.Be5 Rd8 25.Bxd6 Rxd6 26.Re5 Qf3 27. Rxh5 Qxh5 28.Re8+ Kh7 29.Qxd3+ Qg6 30.Qd1 Re6 31.Ra8 Re5 32.Rxa7 c5 33.Rd7 Qe6 34.Qd3+ g6 35.Rd8 d4 36.a4 Re1+ 37.Kg2 Qc6+ 38.f3 Re3 39.Qd1 Qe6 40.g4 Re2+ 41.Kh3 Qe3 42.Qh1 Qf4 43.h5 Rf2 0-1 [/pgn] [pgn height=500 initialHalfmove=0 autoplayMode=none] [Event "Semmering"] [Site "Semmering AUT"] [Date "1926.03.17"] [Round "8"] [White "Akiba Rubinstein"] [Black "Alexander Alekhine"] [Result "0-1"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 O-O 7.O-O d5 8.a3 Be7 9.b4 c5 10.bxc5 bxc5 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.Bb2 Nbd7 13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Ng4 15. Bc3 Rb8 16.Rb1 d4 17.Rxb7 Rxb7 18.Bxb7 Nxf2 19.Kxf2 dxc3+ 20.e3 cxd2 21. Ke2 Qb8 22.Bf3 Rd8 23.Qb1 Qd6 24.a4 f5 25.Rd1 Bb4 26.Qc2 Qc5 27.Kf2 a5 28. Be2 g5 29.Bd3 f4 0-1 [/pgn] [pgn height=500 initialHalfmove=0 autoplayMode=none][Event "Blindfold Simul, 5b"] [Site "Tarnopol AUH"] [Date "1916.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Alexander Alekhine"] [Black "M von Feldt"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [EventDate "1916.??.??"] [PlyCount "35"] 1.e4 {Played in the hospital of Tarnopol (Poland). Alekhine was a driver of Red Cross vehicles and was wounded during a rescue operation.} 1...e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.exd5 Nxd5 {?! 4... exd5} 5.Ne4 f5 {?!} 6.Ng5 Be7 7.N5f3 c6 8.Ne5 O-O 9.Ngf3 b6 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.O-O Re8 12.c4 Nf6 13.Bf4 Nbd7 14.Qe2 c5 15.Nf7 {!!} 15...Kxf7 {15... Bxf3 16. Qxe6} 16.Qxe6+ {!} 16...Kg6 {16... Kxe6?? 17. Ng5#} 17.g4 {!} 17...Be4 18.Nh4# 1-0 [/pgn] [pgn height=500 initialHalfmove=0 autoplayMode=none] [Event "Blindfold Simul, 5b"] [Site "Tarnopol AUH"] [Date "1916.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Alexander Alekhine"] [Black "M von Feldt"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [EventDate "1916.??.??"] [PlyCount "35"] 1.e4 {Played in the hospital of Tarnopol (Poland). Alekhine was a driver of Red Cross vehicles and was wounded during a rescue operation.} 1...e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.exd5 Nxd5 {?! 4... exd5} 5.Ne4 f5 {?!} 6.Ng5 Be7 7.N5f3 c6 8.Ne5 O-O 9.Ngf3 b6 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.O-O Re8 12.c4 Nf6 13.Bf4 Nbd7 14.Qe2 c5 15.Nf7 {!!} 15...Kxf7 {15... Bxf3 16. Qxe6} 16.Qxe6+ {!} 16...Kg6 {16... Kxe6?? 17. Ng5#} 17.g4 {!} 17...Be4 18.Nh4# 1-0 [/pgn]

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