Alexander Alekhine

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Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine (October 31 or November 1, 1892March 24, 1946) was a Russian-born naturalized French chess grandmaster (officially naturalized in 1927 only three days before the World Champion title), and the fourth World Chess Champion.


  • The fact that a player is very short of time is, to my mind, as little to be considered as an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the moment he committed the crime.
    • In: Chess Life, Vol. 16-18, 1961. p. 113.
    • On the Zeitnot problem.
  • With his death, we have lost a very great chess genius whose like we'll never see again.
    • Quoted in: Edward G. Winter (1989) Capablanca: A Compendium of Games, Notes, Articles..., p. 307; on his great rival José Raúl Capablanca.
  • I study chess eight hours a day, on principle.
    • Attributed in: David Hooper, ‎Kenneth Whyld (1996) The Oxford companion to chess. p. 8.
  • Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.
    • Quoted in: M. Yudovich, ‎A. Kotov (2001) The Soviet School of Chess, p. 42.
  • Chess for me is not a game, but an art. Yes, and I take upon myself all those responsibilities which an art imposes on its adherents.
    • Quoted in: Daniel James Brooks (2013) Poetics. Book 1, p. 72.

About Alexander Alekhine[edit]

  • It was impossible to win against Capablanca; against Alekhine it was impossible to play.
    • Paul Keres, quoted in: Bruce Pandolfini (1992) Pandolfini's Chess Complete: The Most Comprehensive Guide. p. 208.
  • Capablanca was the greatest talent, but Alekhine was the greatest in his achievements.
  • In playing through an Alekhine game one suddenly meets a move which simply takes one's breath away.
  • Alekhine's attacks came suddenly, like destructive thunderstorms that erupted from a clear sky.
    • Garry Kasparov; Quoted in: Raymond Keene (1999) Keene on Chess, p. 243.
  • I can comprehend Alekhine's combinations well enough; but where he gets his attacking chances from and how he infuses such life into the very opening - that is beyond me.
  • Alekhine is a poet who creates a work of art out of something that would hardly inspire another man to send home a picture post card.
    • Max Euwe, in: Fred Reinfeld (1956) Why You Lose at Chess, p. 180.
  • Fortune favors the bold, especially when they are Alekhine.

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