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Alexander Evenson vs Alexander Alekhine
Match (1916), Kiev RUE, rd 1, May-21
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  0-1


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Apr-24-03  suenteus po 147: Very nice zugzwang ending. White can't threaten the queen or check the king, and moving the bishop loses his queen and the game. And White's only pawn moves lead to 49...Rd1 and the end of the game. Alekhine was the Man!
Apr-24-03  AgentRgent: Many people might quickly play 48...Qxg1+ thinking that Rook vs Bishop would surely be a won endgame. Alekhine's play was brilliant even if he was less than enjoyable as a person.
Apr-25-03  suenteus po 147: That's a very good distinction, AgentRgent, between the play and the man. Alekhine was a drunk and somewhat questionable character from everything I've heard and read, and it's often such the case with brilliant men. I'm a writer, so I know all about guys like F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce and how they had similar stories and reputations to Alekhine, and they also lived during the same time (go figure). Every field which attracts brilliant people often has its same characters. So while we can't approve of what kind of people they were, it's important we recognize and appreciate their brilliance and contribution to their field. (and it's also a good point about most people playing 48...Qxg1+, I've done the same thing with the same reasoning in similar [though not exact] situations, but I missed perhaps subtle and brilliant ends)
Aug-03-05  sneaky pete: 46... Rd1 (47.Qc8+ Kg7 48.Qb7+ Kg6) is a quicker win. Alekhine must have had this possibility in mind, when he presented this game in "Meine besten Partien 1908-1923" with a different ending: 41... Rxa1 42.Qxa1 Qe2 43.Rg1 Rd1 44.Qa8+ Kg7 45.Qa7+ Kg6 46.Qe7 Qxe1 47.Qe8+ Kg5 48.Qg8+ Kh4 0-1.
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  Calli: <Sneaky Pete> Another fake by Alekhine. He had already annotated the correct game score in Shakmatny Vestnik 1916 (p.146-148). In those notes, he says 41...Rxa1 would have been "a simpler continuation".

A tragic note - Shortly after the Alekhine match, Evenson was shot dead in the civil war.

Oct-20-11  SoundWave: Alekhine's play reminds me of Karpov at his best.
May-21-14  sicilianhugefun: Black's pawn at F4 plagued white's camp... it provoked White to play C3 (sad necessity) to give room for the White Queen but the d3 square became a weak hole that was so beautifully and powerfully exploited by Alekhine' mainly by entrenching a Rook on it.
Dec-06-16  wilfredo munoz: Great kibitzing ya'll!
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  Zephyr10: I don't know why, but there's something that strikes me as ponderous in Alekhine's play in this game, while the very similar performance by Smyslov in Smyslov vs Polugaevsky, 1970, in my opinion, simply sparkles!
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