10 Most Brilliant Chess Players of All Time

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Alexander Alekhine

Alexander was the 4th official world champion and held the title from 1927 to 1946 (with a small exception during 1935-1937). He was a genius and a very well-rounded player, with an extremely special ability for combinational play in complex situations.

He also was the one to teach the chess world that rules and principles can be broken, based on a very concrete analysis of the specific and unique position. Alekhine became a world champion by defeating Jose Raul Capablanca in 1927, despite being an underdog (he’d never won a single game against Capablanca before that match).

Alekhine’s reign as a world champion was very long, but he managed to defend his title only two times (both times against GM Efim Bogoljubow in 1929 and 1934).

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