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1. Steinitz 2. Lasker 3. Capablanca 4. Alekhine 5. Euwe
6. Botvinnik 7. Smyslov 8. Tal 9. Petrosian 10. Spassky
11. Fischer 12. Karpov 13. Kasparov 14. Kramnik 15. Anand
"It's easy to learn to play chess, but difficult to learn to play well." (J. R. Capablanca)
Jose Raul CAPABLANCA (Capablanca y Graupera)
Born: November 19, 1888 in Havana (Cuba); died: August 12, 1942 in New -York.
A Cuban chess player, the 3-d World Champion (1921 - 1927), a chess literary man and a diplomat.
Capablanca
Four-year-old Capablanca got acquainted with chess watching his father's play.
 
1902, Havana. At the age of 13 Capablanca defeated J. Korso (+ 4, - 3, = 6) and became the Champion of Cuba.
 
1911, San Sebastian. Capablanca's international debut. The sensational victory: 9.5 points out of 14.
 
The World Championship Matches:
 
1921, Havana. Lasker - Capablanca. Capablanca won with the score of 9 : 5 (+ 4, - 0, = 10) and became the 3-d World Champion in the history of chess.
 
1927, Buenos Aires. Capablanca - Alekhine. After the stubborn struggle Capablanka lost his World Champion's title. The score was 15,5 : 18,5 (+ 3, - 6, = 25).
 
"The Capablanca's play has a fascinating artistic influence. In it, the tendency to simplicity prevails, and in that simplicity there is a unique beauty of pure profundity." (M. Botvinnik, the 6-th World Champion).