NAME: Machgielis (Max) Euwe
BIRTHDATE: May 20, 1901
BIRTHPLACE: Watergrafsmeer, The Netherlands
CREDENTIALS: Include being World Chess Champion from 1935 to 1937; president of FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs) from 1970 to 1978; and the person who successfully arbitrated the World Championship Match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer.
MODUS OPERANDI: Chess style reflects his deeply analytic and logical mind -- no unsound traps, outstanding combinations, superb use of tactics. Strictly follows guidelines for positional play.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Grew up in a house where chess was a common sight -- both parents were players, and he began joining them at the board when he was four. Even though he was the best in the world at chess, the game did not hold as much priority in his life as his work in mathematics and mechanics. Other interests included swimming, flying, and boxing! It's reported that Bobby Fischer made this humourous comment about GM Euwe -- That man is too normal. There must be something wrong with him. During World War II, Euwe reportedly led underground efforts to distribute food to the needy. He died in 1981 without ever being a professional chess player -- always choosing to remain an amateur.