Tuesday 20 May 2014

Max Euwe

Today is the 113th Anniversary of the birth of former World Champion Max Euwe. He became World Champion in 1935, defeating Alekhine 15.5-14.5 in their match. He only held the title for 2 years, losing the return match to Alekhine 15.5-9.5. He was still one of the worlds strongest players until just after the Second World War, playing in the 1948 World Championship Tournament. His last major event was the 1953 Candidates Tournament, although he played for The Netherlands in the Chess Olympiad up until 1962.
In 1970 he became FIDE President and held the post until 1978. Most notably he was instrumental in keeping the 1972 Fischer - Spassky Match on track, as well as dealing with issues arising from the Cold War, when they intruded into the chess world. He passed away in 1981, at the age of 80 years.

Euwe,Max - Fischer,Robert James [D35]
New York m3 New York (1), 1957

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