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Max” Euwe was born in Amsterdam in 1901. He was the 5th World Chess Champion, from 1935 to 1937. He was a Dutch chess grandmaster, mathematician, and author. Interestingly He was not a full-time professional player. He worked as a school and college teacher. He became Professor of Mathematics in 1964.
In a match with Alexander Alekhine in 1935 everybody was betting on Alekhine but Max Produced a surprise of epic proportions by beating Alekhine and winning the title. Alekhine won the title back in a rematch two years later. After World War II, Euwe was still the best player in western Europe, and played in two world championship candidates’ tournaments, but was unsuccessful in regaining the title. He also served as President of FIDE, the World Chess Federation, from 1970 to 1978and was successful in expanding chess into more countries around the world.
Max Euwe famous quotes
“Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of giving checkmate to one’s opponent will never become a good Chess player”
“Chess is a sport. The main object in the game of chess remains the achievement of victory”.
“Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation”.