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V Gonsiorovsky vs Alexander Alekhine
"AA Battery" (game of the day Jun-20-2006)
Blindfold simul, 6b (1918), Odessa UKR
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  0-1


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Premium Chessgames Member Please! Jackmandoo was either joking or trolling. Alekhine was of course the one blindfolded, and playing several people at once.
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  WannaBe: < was of course the one blindfolded, and...>

Now, that raises some interesting questions, when did the practice of simul/blind and GM playing white pieces began? Does there exist any simuls/blind now, where GMs play black? And is there a real adv. what color the GM play?

Jun-20-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Beautiful game!!

Particularly 20...Qxe4 and 21...Qe3! were very impressive.

But why did White not play 8.dxc6? Is there a trap? If so, I don't see it.

Jun-20-06  Ezzy: <WannaBe> This is a post you wrote yesterday.

<WannaBe - "I was too busy playing chess, drinking beer, gambling, and looking at cute girls" =)>

This raises the question whether you should be permanantly blindfolded for your own safety. :-)

Jun-20-06  Ezzy: <> Very clever pun.
Jun-20-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I get the "AA" part, but is there anything in this game that reminds one of a battery?
Jun-20-06  Ezzy: <EmperorAtahualpa> All cell battery's have "AA" or "AAA" written on them to denote the battery size. A battery is also a fortified structure which Alekhine has produced in this game.
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  tamar: Chessgames is reserving the pun "Alkaline Alekhine" for those long-life endgames against Capa :)
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  Jack Kerouac: I don't 'see' how anyone could think Alekhine would blindfold an opponent and not himself.
Jun-20-06  Ezzy: <tamar: Chessgames is reserving the pun "Alkaline Alekhine" for those long-life endgames against Capa :)> That is also very impressive. Well thought out!
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  tamar: Thanks <Ezzy> I am sure chessgames is debating whether to delete the whole page!

I don't know which is most hilarious, jackmandoo's original post, PaulLovric's robotic second, or chessgames' exasperation that it had to explain that the amateur players were not blindfolded in this game.

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  Phony Benoni: Generally a simul giver, blindfolded or not, takes White in all games, but it's not unheard of for them to take Black upon request. Indeed, in a blindfold simul it might even be a help, as it gives a chance to make the positions more distinct.

As to White not playing 8.dxc6, that looks very dangerous with the impending pin on the e-file. White needs to get his king out of there pronto.

Jun-20-06  Ezzy: <tamar: I don't know which is most hilarious, jackmandoo's original post, PaulLovric's robotic second, or chessgames' exasperation that it had to explain that the amateur players were not blindfolded in this game.> LOL. Yeah, sometimes you just start to lose faith in the human race. :-)
Jun-20-06  Castle In The Sky: Maybe both players were blindfolded and had earplugs.
Jun-20-06  dakgootje: yes and they just smelled when the opponent had moved

*waits patiently until the whole page is deleted*

Jun-20-06  CapablancaFan: Thanks <chessgames> for clearing the blindfold question up. Also to all those who made comments about how silly it was for anyone to assume that Alekhine wasn't blindfolded, if you know anything about blind-simul games the blindfolded GM almost always has the white pieces! So I don't think it was that idiotic of an assumption.
Jun-20-06  Ezzy: <CapablancaFan: So I don't think it was that idiotic of an assumption.>

Yes it was. Take your medicine. :-)

Jun-20-06  Ezzy: <CapablancaFan: So I don't think it was that idiotic of an assumption.> Your words, nobody elses.
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  MrMelad: trolling... lol
Jun-20-06  CapablancaFan: <Ezzy> I don't get it?
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  kevin86: This is one of the rare game when both sides offer the queen--on successive moves,no less.

Of course Alekhine doesn't fall for 23...♕xf2??? 24 ♖e8# but it was nice to see it even possible.

Jun-20-06  jackmandoo: You guys are so cute. Sorry about the confusion, I figured most of you would know that I was joking. Hey just a little fun fact: A "Battery" in military terms defines 6 howitzers that are part of a firing unit. It can be less than six if a gun or two is down but never more. So If I was to say "Battery, 3 rounds, HE." That would mean that each gun in the firing battery would fire three rounds of High Explosives.
Jun-20-06  lopium: ahahahazz!! What a joke, to blindfold the opennent of Alekhine!!! Too funny. Well very clever pin yes, sounds very hard to play such a game with eyes, and without, almost impossible.
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  ajile: White should have played 14.QxR. At least he gets a rook and bishop for the Queen and doesn't have the Black bishop entrenched in his position on the Q-side.
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  Calli: Another one of those games of questionable origin by AA. He claimed it was one of six blindfolded in Odessa 1918. No one, however has found a record of that exhibition, which, if Alyehkin played Black blindfold, surely would have notable. Boris Verlinsky who was in Odessa in 1918 said Alyehkin played an impressive Queen sac against Gonssiorovsky, but in 1912. This seems very plausible to me; that Alyeckie played Gonssiorovsky as Black in a casual game in 1912, but later he embellished it when publishing the game. That would be right up his alley. This game is like many other things about AA - fuzzy and not quite clear what the truth is.
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