Died: March 24, 1946 in Estoril, Portugal
Playing Style and Legacy:
Alexhine was one of history's great attacking players, and is known for his ability to play creative and deep combinations. This allowed him to find complications in positions that appeared quiet to most players. Some of his famous combinations are so deep that even modern players and computers have not conclusively shown whether they are completely sound.
Alekhine's legacy includes developing Alekhine's Defense (1. e4 Nf6), as well as several variations in other openings.
World Championship Matches:
1929: Defeated Efim Bogoljubow 15.5-9.5 (+11 -5 =9) to retain World Chess Championship
1934: Defeated Efim Bogoljubow 15.5-10.5 (+8 -3 =15) to retain World Chess Championship
1935: Lost to Max Euwe 15.5-14.5 (+8 -9 =13); Euwe becomes World Chess Champion
1937: Defeated Max Euwe 15.5-9.5 (+10 -4 =11) to regain World Chess Championship
Retained World Chess Championship until death in 1946.
- Won First USSR Chess Championship in 1920
- Won 1930 San Remo tournament with 14/15 score
- Won 1931 Bled tournament(20.5/26) by 5.5 points ahead of Bogoljubow
- Won four top board prizes for France in Chess Olympiads