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Alexander Alekhine vs M von Feldt
"Feldt Tip" (game of the day Jun-30-2010)
Blindfold Simul, 5b (1916), Tarnopol AUH
French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  1-0
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Jun-30-10
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  al wazir: Or 17. Nh4+ Kh5 18. Qxf5+ Kxh4 19. g3#.
Jun-30-10
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  HeMateMe: Afterwards, the crowd showered AAA with Feldt tip pens...
Jun-30-10
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  Once: Now that's what you call a real man. Not only does he sac first knight and then queen for a stunning mate, but he does so whilst giving a blindfold simul whilst a red cross driver in 1916.

I bet he did all this whilst swigging back bottles of vodka and terrorising the local female population.

Makes us mortals look rather weedy by comparison, doesn't it?

Jun-30-10
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  gofer: I am not sure that Nf7 Qc8 Qxe6 is quite so crushing for white. After Ne4 Crafty finds lots of resources for black!

http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t...

Jun-30-10
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  kevin86: An old trick...seperate the king from his forces and capture him.

How come two question marks on move 16 blunder possibility and none on the move that actually led to immediate mate?

Jun-30-10  Starf1re: hesyrett: It's nice to see that Alekhine doesn't repeat the inferior 5 Nf3 which Nimzovich played against Alapin. The dynamic 5 Ne4 is typical Alekhine (or Tal) aggression,

Well I wanted to see if this is correct so I loaded up Rybka and ran some analysis on the position. As it looks ugly to my eye Rybka also evaluates the position as bad for white, about -.3. After g5 the best continuation is c6. But anyway, you are totally wrong, 5)Ne4 is not sound play.

The knight move is very pretty but the opponent seems to make a blunder on every play. 14) ...nxe5 keeps the game almost even.

Jun-30-10  JohnBoy: <gofer> - thanks for the comment and link! Indeed, 15...Qc8 16.Qxe6 Ne5 is a most surprising resource. Very much computer generated (so that I would never find it), but excellent. I don't see a quick win for white there.
Jun-30-10  bbfh: What if
15. ... Qc8
16. Qxe6 Kf8
17. Nh6 Ne5
?
Jun-30-10  drleper: <bbfh> 15...Qc8 16.Qxe6 Kf8 17.Nd6! threatening mate and the Q wraps it up. (17...Bxd6 18.Bxd6+ with mate again).

<gofer> Crafty is not bad but there's some free engines which are quite a bit stronger. Check out http://www.stockfishchess.com/ which is a very good one.

Jun-30-10  WhiteRook48: nice one
Jun-30-10  JohnBoy: <bbfh>, <drleper> - read the comment immediately above your two... Both of you miss the point.
Jun-30-10  screwdriver: Well, the game sure looked brilliant. But after reading all the comments, it seems the game played its share of bad moves in order to get the brilliant aesthetics.
Jul-01-10  drleper: <JohnBoy> No point missed. I agree, after 16...Ne5 there doesn't seem to be a quick win, although black's position looks terrible. Analysed with a strong program it's around the tune of +6, still very much lost, despite the resourceful 16...Ne5.
Jul-01-10  JohnBoy: <drleper> - Cool. Not having an engine, how does white extract +6 after 16...Ne5? There seem to be a few moments of tactical mayhem that confound me staring at a diagram...
Jul-01-10
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  Chessical: <15... Qc8> 16. Qxe6 Ne5 puts off an immediate knock-out, but Black King is extremely vulnerable and White has all the play:


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<17. Nh6+> Kh8 18.Qxe5 gxh6 (which is better than <18... Bxf3> 19. Bxf5 Qa6 20. Nf7+ Kg8 21. Be6) 19. d5 Bd8 20. Qc3; and Black is losing material just to fight on with no compensation.

Jul-01-10  kingfu: How about calling this game "The Last Maginot Line" instead of making a lame pun on the poor guy's name?

Did he know he was playing Alekhine?

Or did he think he was just playing a "regular" game?

Jul-01-10  JohnBoy: So <kingfu> gripes about name-based puns here as well. (See today's GotD.) Are references to cultural folly, like the Maginot line, any better? Are we supposed to walk on egg shells to protect Feldt's long-dead feelings? Maybe we should prohibit comments noting that Alekhine was an alcoholic. Rather, say I, a good Alcoholics Anonymous pun is more than welcome...

Get over it, already.

BTW - thanks, <Chessical>, for the analysis.

Oct-10-10  Lil Swine: good game < BARF>! oh, sorry!
Jan-15-11  jdc2: FYI, the position after move 14...c5 is
problem #794 in Reinfeld's book, "1001
Brilliant Chess Combinations".
Feb-25-11  Sharpen Your Tactics: A Knight in a good outpost square is worth a little trouble! alot of moves to get there.
Oct-21-11
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  whiteshark: <Calli> Wouldn't your serious questions regarding this game vanish into thin air if you'd reconsider this post:

May-20-06
<Quirinus: In his book "Meine besten Partien 1908-1923", Berlin / Leipzig 1929, Alekhine gives the following information: <"Gespielt in einer Blindlings-Vorstellung von 6 Partien im Militärspital zu Tarnopol im September 1916".> His opponent's name is given as "M.Feldt". Here the game ends with 18.Nh4#.> ?

At least the publication date in Moskovskiya Vedomosti on 3 December 1916 (Gregorian calendar) would have been within the realms of possibility.

Jan-28-12  alfons: nice moves from alekhine
Mar-29-12  andrej1tomas: why he give the queen??????
Oct-02-12  billyhan: It sure makes vun vunder how Von Feldt at zis point.
Sep-25-16  mulde: A.Schulz on ChessBase' Alekhine-DVD points out the game wasn't played by Feldt or von Feldt, but by a lawyer named Dr.Fischer. Schulz's source were some articles by Dr.Buschke in "Chess Life" during end of 1949 until December 1952. Unfortunately, I can't find these articles in the net. Alekhine's time during and after the WW I seems to be unclear. Some say he was seduced to death by the Russians, others say he worked (peacefully ...) for the Red Cross as a driver. And Dr.Fischer? A medical doctor in the Polish / Ukrainian camp? A captive "by random" as a lot of people in those war-times? We will never know. But the game is absolutely beautiful. Have in mind it is played BLINDfold by "Ali" in a simul!
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