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"The fact that a player is very short of time is, to my mind, as little to be considered an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the time he committed the crime." -- 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
107 Great Chess Battles 1939-1945
107 Great Chess Battles 1939-1945 [Dover Books on Chess] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486271040
ISBN-10: 0486271048
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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107 Great Chess Battles
107 Great Chess Battles [Oxford chess books] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780192175908
ISBN-10: 0192175904
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Alekhine My Struggle
Alekhine My Struggle [Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9784871874205
ISBN-10: 4871874206
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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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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Alexander Alekhine's Best Games Algebraic Edition
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 Best Games
Alexander Alekhine's Best Games [Batsford Chess Library] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780805047233
ISBN-10: 0805047239
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
Deux Cents Parties d'Echecs v 1
Deux Cents Parties D'echecs V 1 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780900846113
ISBN-10: 0900846119
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Deux Cents Parties d'Echecs v 2
Deux Cents Parties D'echecs V 2 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780900846298
ISBN-10: 0900846291
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Gran Ajedrez
Gran Ajedrez (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788424503406
ISBN-10: 8424503406
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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Hastings 1936/37 International Chess Tournament
Hastings 1936/37 International Chess Tournament (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780939433155
ISBN-10: 093943315X
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My Best Games 1908
My Best Games 1908 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679140238
ISBN-10: 0679140239
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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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My Best Games of Chess 1908 - 1937
My Best Games of Chess 1908 - 1937 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486249414
ISBN-10: 0486249417
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937
My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781936490653
ISBN-10: 193649065X
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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My Best Games of Chess 1924-1937
My Best Games of Chess 1924-1937 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780679140245
ISBN-10: 0679140247
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New York 1924
New York 1924 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781888690484
ISBN-10: 1888690488
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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New York 1927
New York 1927 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781888690835
ISBN-10: 1888690836
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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New York International Chess Tournament 1924
New York International Chess Tournament 1924 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843821250
ISBN-10: 1843821257
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Nottingham 1936
Nottingham 1936 [21st Century Editions Russell] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781888690637
ISBN-10: 1888690631
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Nottingham International Chess Tournament 1936
Nottingham International Chess Tournament 1936 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843820642
ISBN-10: 1843820641
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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