GM Alexander Alekhine

Full name
Alexander Alekhine
Life
Oct 31, 1892 - Mar 24, 1946 (age 53)
Place of birth
Moscow, Russian Empire
Federation
Russia

Another candidate for “best player of all time”, Alexander Alekhine was among the greatest attacking players ever and could seemingly pull combinations out of thin air. With a firey will to win, Alekhine was a fighter who never gave up in any position. He had the highest win percentage of any World Champion as well as the longest average draws as well. His complicated, uncompromising play put his opponents on the defensive and his ability to calculate extremely long variations set him apart from any other players in his time.

Alexander Alekhine played his first recorded game of chess, a correspondence game, at the age of 10. It wasn’t until five years later that he played his first over-the-board tournament. By the age of 16 he had shown himself to be one of Russia’s top players. In 1914, Alekhine played in a major tournament and placed 3rd behind the two strongest players in the field. Because of this terrific result, Alekhine became a serious challenger for the World Chess Championship in a short time. In 1927, he faced off against Capablanca in the title match and scored a surprising win. He was able to hold onto this title until 1935 when he lost to Max Euwe. He was able to win the rematch though and regained control of the title. At the end of his life, when he was preparing for another title match against the challenger Botvinnik, he died in his hotel room, thus giving up the title. Alekhine passed away on March 24, 1946.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C51 C53 C52
King's Gambit Accepted (11) : C36 C37 C33 C35 C34 C39 C38
Caro-Kann Defense (28) : B11 B17 B13 B10 B18 B15
Catalan Opening (7) : E09 E02 E01 E00
Budapest Defense (7) : A52 A51
Center Game Accepted (5) : C21
Bishop's Opening (11) : C24 C28 C26
Queen's Indian Defense (17) : E19 E17 E12 E16 E15
Semi-Slav Defense (13) : D49 D45 D46 D43 D47 D48
Petrov's Defense (9) : C42 C43
Indian Game (9) : A45 A50 A46 E10
Dutch Defense (9) : A82 A90 A81 A84
Old Indian Defense (9) : A54 A53
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C40 B00
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A44 A56
Reti Opening (5) : A09 A06
Queen's Gambit Accepted (11) : D22 D28 D23 D26 D20
Four Knights Game (10) : C47 C49 C48
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D73 D78
Alekhine Defense (8) : B04 B02 B03
Torre Attack (4) : A46 A48
Queen's Pawn Opening (20) : E00 A40 D02 D03 D00
London System (2) : A48
Three Knights Opening (3) : C46
Bogo-Indian Defense (3) : E11
Colle System (7) : D04 D05
Vienna Game (12) : C27 C25 C23
Pirc Defense (2) : B07
Modern Defense (1) : B06
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Tarrasch Defense (6) : D34 D32
Italian Game (2) : C55 C50
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D80
King's Gambit Declined (6) : C30 C32 C31
Scotch Game (3) : C45
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
English Defense (1) : A40
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Black Pieces
Petrov's Defense (6) : C42 C43
Queen's Pawn Opening (23) : D02 D25 A40 E00
Giuoco Piano Game (9) : C53 C50 C52
Four Knights Game (10) : C48 C49 C47
Queen's Indian Defense (19) : E19 E12 E17 E15 E16 E14 E18
Philidor Defense (12) : C41
Reti Opening (11) : A09 A04 A06
Old Indian Defense (1) : A53
Catalan Opening (4) : E02
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
King's Gambit Accepted (12) : C34 C33 C36 C39
Caro-Kann Defense (10) : B15 B12 B13
Tarrasch Defense (8) : D32 D33 D34
Vienna Game (6) : C25 C27
Queen's Gambit Declined with 2...g6 (1) : D06
Old Benoni Defense (5) : A44 A43
Gruenfeld Defense (9) : D85 D81 D97 D82 D94
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Semi-Slav Defense (10) : D47 D45 D43 D46
Italian Game (1) : C50
Three Knights Opening (8) : C46
Alekhine Defense (11) : B02 B03
Bishop's Opening (3) : C28 C24
Colle System (5) : D04 D05
Ponziani Opening (3) : C44
Scotch Game (4) : C45 C44
Bogo-Indian Defense (3) : E11
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D73
King's Pawn Opening (3) : C20 C44
Center Game Accepted (6) : C21 C22
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
London System (2) : A48
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
Torre Attack (1) : A46
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01

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