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Alekhine is the 4th World Chess Champion who took away that title from Capablanca in 1927.
«Alekhine evidently possesses the most remarkable chess memory that has ever existed. It is said that he remembers by heart all the games played by the leading masters during the past 15-20 years». - Jose Raul Capablanca
Alekhine was the master of combinations and the professor of jurisprudence. He was known more for his attacking style creating difficult and effective combinations.
He said «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»․
During his career, he got numerous awards for a beautiful game.
“Alekhine's chess is like a god's”. Chess World Magazine
“Alekhine is a poet who creates a work of art out of something that would hardly inspire another man to send home a picture postcard”. – Max Euwe
“While he was hospitalized (during WW I) after being wounded (a contusion of the spine), he became the strongest blindfold chess player in the world. That's how great this guy was. I mean, when normal people go to the hospital, they are totally sad and in pain. Instead, he devoted himself to blindfold chess and became the best in the world in an extremely short period of time. You have to love this guy”. – Terry Crandall (on Alekhine)
“In Alekhine, we are captivated by his exceptional combinative talent and his wholehearted love for chess”. - Mikhail Tal
“Alekhine grew out of the combination. He is in love with it. Everything strategic is only a preparation for him, almost a necessary evil. The stunning blow, the unexpected thrust - this is his element... His imagination catches fire in the attack on the king”. - Emanuel Lasker
Many experts mentioned about Alekhine’s deep and positional games. He was thinking long about positional base until the beginning of the game.
“His fantastic combinative vision was based on a sound positional foundation and was the fruit of strong, energetic strategy. Therefore Alekhine can safely be called the pioneer of the universal style of play, based on a close interweaving of strategic and tactical motifs”. - Garry Kasparov
“Alekhine definitely was a workaholic. He had a strategic talent and was the first player who had a conscious feel for dynamics”. - Vladimir Kramnik
Alekhine perfectly showed himself in blind Chess: He was often called the master of that genre.
The 4th World Chess Champion was very self-confident and had no need for presenting himself.
«I am Alekhine, chess champion of the world. I need no passport». – Alexander Alekhine
«To win against me, you must beat me three times: in the opening, the middlegame and the endgame». – Alexander Alekhine
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