NAME: Alexander Alekhine
BIRTHDATE: October 31, 1892
BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
CREDENTIALS: Include twice being World Chess Champion -- from 1927 to 1935 and from 1937 to 1946
Extremely precise and brilliant positional style. Aggressive attacker.
Learned chess from his mom -- some sources say at age 5, others at 11. Became obsessively devoted to studying and playing the game, eventually earning a spot as one of the best players ever. Died in 1946 and, as a sad indication of how distant he had become from other people, he was not buried for weeks because no one could be found to claim the body. Prolific author and annotator. Controversial and abrasive personality. His sayings include Chess is not a game, but an art.