Grandmaster Strategies: Alexander Alekhine and Irina Krush
Like any other competitive sport, the game of chess has its own hall of fame, which includes people known as chess grandmasters. These are people who were, and still are, considered the greatest chess players of their time, and many of them had their own unique strategies for winning games.
Here are two famous grandmasters who used the opening and endgame, respectively, to earn their titles.
Alexander Alekhine was a Russian grandmaster who became well-known during the 1920s. He represented both Russia and France in major chess tournaments, and was named the fourth World Chess Champion in 1927.
His most famously known strategy is the Alekhine’s Defence, a chess opening that appeals to aggressive players. The opening begins with black tempting white into creating a central mass of pawns, and then attacking that mass to upset the balance on the board very quickly.
Irina Krush is a modern-day chess grandmaster from the U.S. who is considered to be the greatest American female chess player of the current age. She first won a championship at the age of 14, and is known for playing a very powerful game that relies on early domination of the board.
Krush has discussed her king and pawn endgame strategy with school chess teams around the country.
There are many other chess grandmasters that players can study to gain insight into winning strategy. People such as Bobby Fischer, Gary Kasparov, and Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov are famous greats that are often mentioned, but let’s not forget Mikhail Botvinnik, Judit Polgar, and Magnus Carlsen as other names that can be explored for examples of great strategists.
Learning from the great chess players of our time and throughout history is the best way to improve your chess game.
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