Alekhine loved cats
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Alekhine loved cats. He often played in tournaments with his cat, named Chess, at his side.
"In 1935, an international team tournament was held in Warsaw. Alekhine played top board for France, of which he was a naturalized citizen.
However, on this trip he arrived at the Polish border without a passport. When the officials asked him for his papers he replied:
"I am Alekhine, chess champion of the world. I have a cat called Chess. I do not need papers."
The matter had to be straightened out by the highest authorities."
[Reuben Fine, The Psychology of the Chess Player, p. 53.]