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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
"A game of chess represents the struggle of two parties, and that's why all the principles generally typical for the struggle between two opponents can be extended to this game." (M. Euwe).
Born: May 20, 1901 in Vatergraphsmer; died: November 26, 1981 in Amsterdam.
A chess player from Netherlands, the 5-th World Champion (1935 - 1937) in the history of Chess Championships, the International Grandmaster (1950), the International Arbiter (1951), the FIDE President (1970 - 1978), the Doctor of Mathematics.
Max Euwe got acquainted with chess at the age of 4. At 10 he started his participation in chess competitions. Since 1921 M. Euwe has won the National Champion's title 13 times. He has played more than 30 games with the world's strongest chess players.
1935, Netherlands. The World Championship match Alekhine - Euwe. . Euwe won with the score of 15.5 : 14.5 (+ 9, - 8, = 13) and became the 5-th World Champion.
1937, Netherlands. The return match Euwe - Alekhine. . Euwe lost the title with the score of 9.5 : 15.5 (- 10, + 4, = 11).
For Euwe the rational, mainly logical approach to chess art is typical."Euwe is the genius of self-discipline. He has become a strong master owing to his remarkable capacity for work, his ability to productively utilize every minute..." (G. Kmokh, the International Master and the International Arbiter, Austria).
As the FIDE President, Euwe has made a significant contribution to the development and popularization of chess, promoted the consolidation of international sports ties.