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Georg Rotlewi vs Alexander Alekhine
All Russian Amateur (1909), St Petersburg RUE, rd 17, Mar-09
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  0-1
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Sep-30-06
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  Phony Benoni: I've been going through Alekhine's games from this period, and he rarely ran into someone who was able to make him defend. Rotlewi gives it a shot here, but can't break through and falls victim to the inevitable counterattack. If 38.Rxf2 Rxg3+ will be decisive.
Jul-23-10
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  Chessical: Rotlewi, may have better chances for a draw,


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after the largely forced line of:

<21. Nxg7> Kxg7 22. Bxe5+ Kg6 23. bxc5 bxc5 24. Nxc5 Bxc5 25. Rxc5 Qxc5 26. Rd6+ Qxd6;

now, <26... Kg5?> is a pretty way to lose 27. h4+ Kxh4 28. Rh6+ Kg5 29. Bf4+ Kf5 30. Qf7+ Kg4 31. Qg7+ Kf5 32. g4 mate);

but, <27.Bxd6> with a Queen and two pawns for two rooks and a knight.

Nov-23-11
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  Calli: Rotlewi could win with 16.c5. It threatens the Philidor mate and if 16...d5 then 17.b5! leaves Black's position in ruins.
Nov-24-11  LIFE Master AJ: Rotlewi seems to be considered - at least by some - to be a poor player. However, he was really a first-rate master, although not quite in Rubinstein's or of Alekhine's class.
Nov-24-11  King Death: < LIFE Master AJ: Rotlewi seems to be considered - at least by some - to be a poor player. However, he was really a first-rate master, although not quite in Rubinstein's or of Alekhine's class.>

One of the problems with the old game collections was that many players were introduced to someone like Rotlewi on the short end of a brilliancy by one of the greats you named. Just as you say, it's easy to forget that these players who weren't quite on the level of a contender for the title could play some good chess or else they wouldn't have made it into these events. Not everyone in the bottom half of these old tables was quite as bad as this player. Colonel Moreau

Nov-24-11  JoergWalter: <GEORG ROTLEWI
(born 1889, died 1920) Poland

Georg A. Rotlewi was born in 1889 in Poland. In tournaments he was 1st at Lodz 1909, 2nd to Alexander Alekhine at St Petersburg All Russian 1909, 1st at Hamburg 1910 (Haupttunier, not the master event), 2nd at Munich 1911 and 4th at Carlsbad 1911. He played two matches against Georg Salwe, losing in 1909 (+5, =5, -8) and winning in 1911 (+3, =6, -1). Sadly, after this a nervous illness forced him to give up serious chess>

Oct-19-16  RKnight: <Calli> There is no Philodor's mate because the N on F6 holds the G8 square, so 16. c5 is far from a winning move.
Oct-19-16
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  offramp: Pair of amateurs.
Oct-19-16
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  beatgiant: <RKnight>
<There is no Philodor's mate> after 16. c5 Yes, but there is the threat of 17. Nf7+ Kg8? 18. <Nd8+> winning the queen.
Jun-03-18  The Kings Domain: Poor Rotlewi with all of his sacrifices going nowhere.
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