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"I have had to work long and hard to eradicate the dangerous delusion that, in a bad position, I could always, or nearly always, conjure up some unexpected combination to extricate me from my difficulties." -- Alexander Alekhine
Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine (, )When he became a French citizen, "Alekhine" became the correct way to spell his name in the Latin alphabet. He became angry when Russians sometimes pronounced it "Al-YOH-khin", which he regarded as a Yiddish distortion of his name, and insisted that the correct Russian pronunciation was "Al-YEH-khin". See (October 31, 1892 — March 24, 1946) was the fourth World Chess Champion. He is often considered one of the greatest chess players ever.

By the age of twenty-two, he was already among the strongest chess players in the world. During the 1920s, he won most of the tournaments in which he played. In 1927, he became the fourth World Chess Champion by defeating Capablanca, widely considered invincible, in what would stand as the longest chess championship match held until 1985.

In the early 1930s, Alekhine dominated tournament play and won two top-class tournaments by large margins. He also played first board for France in five Chess Olympiads, winning individual prizes in each (four medals and a brilliancy prize). His tournament record became more erratic from the mid-1930s onwards, and alcoholism is often blamed for his decline. Alekhine offered Capablanca a rematch on the same demanding terms that Capablanca had set for him, and negotiations dragged on for years without making much progress. Meanwhile, Alekhine defended his title with ease against Bogoljubov in 1929 and 1934. He was defeated by Euwe in 1935, but regained his crown in the 1937 rematch. His tournament record, however, remained uneven, and rising young stars like Keres, Fine, and Botvinnik threatened his title. Negotiations for a title match with Keres or Botvinnik were halted by the outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939.

Alekhine stayed in Nazi-occupied Europe during the war, where he played in tournaments which were organised by the Nazis. Anti-Semitic articles appeared under his name, although he later claimed they were forged by the Nazis. Alekhine had good relationships with several Jewish chess players, and his fourth wife was Jewish. After the war, Alekhine was ostracized by players and tournament organizers because of the anti-Semitic articles. Negotiations with Mikhail Botvinnik for a world title match were proceeding in 1946 when Alekhine died in Portugal, in unclear circumstances.

Alekhine is known for his fierce and imaginative attacking style, combined with great positional and endgame skill. He produced innovations in a wide range of chess openings. Statistical rating systems differ about his strength relative to other players, giving him rankings between fourth and eighteenth in their "all-time" lists. Although Alekhine was declared an "enemy of the Soviet Union" after making anti-Bolshevik statements in 1927, in the 1950s he was posthumously rehabilitated and acclaimed as one of the founders of the "Soviet School of Chess", which dominated the game after World War II. He is highly regarded as a chess writer and theoretician, giving his name to Alekhine's Defence and several other opening variations, and also composed a few endgame studies. There is strong evidence that Alekhine "improved" the published scores of some of his games, although in one case he may not have been responsible for the misrepresentation.

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Total Books: 32
My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937
2013 - My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781936490653
ISBN-10: 193649065X
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Alekhine My Struggle
2012 - Alekhine My Struggle [Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9784871874205
ISBN-10: 4871874206
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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New York 1927
2011 - New York 1927 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781888690835
ISBN-10: 1888690836
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Nottingham 1936
2009 - Nottingham 1936 [21st Century Editions Russell] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781888690637
ISBN-10: 1888690631
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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My Best Games of Chess 1924-1937
2009 - My Best Games of Chess 1924-1937 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9784871878265
ISBN-10: 4871878260
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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New York 1924
2009 - New York 1924 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781888690484
ISBN-10: 1888690488
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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New York International Chess Tournament 1924
2004 - New York International Chess Tournament 1924 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843821250
ISBN-10: 1843821257
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Sixty-Six Master Games Played in the London International Chess Tournament 1932
Alexander Alekhine's Best Games Algebraic Edition
1998 - Alexander Alekhine's Best Games Algebraic Edition (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780713479706
ISBN-10: 0713479701
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946  2543 Games of the Former World Champion Many Annotated by Alekhine with 1868 Diagrams Fully Indexed
World Chess Championship 1937
1993 - World Chess Championship 1937 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780713472806
ISBN-10: 0713472804
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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Hastings 1936/37 International Chess Tournament
1992 - Hastings 1936/37 International Chess Tournament (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780939433155
ISBN-10: 093943315X
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107 Great Chess Battles 1939-1945
1992 - 107 Great Chess Battles 1939-1945 [Dover Books on Chess] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486271040
ISBN-10: 0486271048
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Gran Ajedrez
1986 - Gran Ajedrez (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788424503406
ISBN-10: 8424503406
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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My Best Games of Chess 1908 - 1937
1985 - My Best Games of Chess 1908 - 1937 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486249414
ISBN-10: 0486249417
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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107 Great Chess Battles
1980 - 107 Great Chess Battles [Oxford chess books] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780192175908
ISBN-10: 0192175904
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My Best Games 1908
1978 - My Best Games 1908 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679140238
ISBN-10: 0679140239
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World's Chess Championship 1937
1974 - World's Chess Championship 1937 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486204550
ISBN-10: 0486204553
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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On the Road to the World Championship 1923-27
On the Road to the World Championship 1923-27 [Pergamon Chess Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780080297309
ISBN-10: 0080297307
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Alekhine's Greatest Games of Chess
Alekhine's Greatest Games of Chess [Modern Chess Masterpieces] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780713462692
ISBN-10: 0713462698
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My Best Games of Chess
My Best Games of Chess (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780713500226
ISBN-10: 0713500220
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Alexander Alekhine's Best Games [Batsford Chess Library] (Paperback)Paperback