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Alexander Alekhine vs Arthur Kaufmann
"Man on the Moon" (game of the day Apr-07-2013)
Casual game (1919), Odessa RUS
Queen Pawn Game: Krause Variation (D02)  ·  1-0


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  Bishoprick: Didn't understand much of what was happening here. The complications and combinations are completely beyond me.
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  catlover: Especially to someone of my level, Alekhine's combinations do seem to come out of nowhere.

I don't get the pun.

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  FSR: <catlover: ... I don't get the pun.>

<Man on the Moon is a 1999 American biographical comedy-drama film about the late American entertainer Andy Kaufman>

There is some nontrivial possibility that Alekhine's opponent in this 1919 game was not, in fact, Andy Kaufman (1949-1984).

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  Bobby Spassky: Dead comedian Andy Kaufmann was known as the man on the moon.

Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian Andy Kaufman. Kaufman, along with his role on Taxi, was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world.

Apr-07-13  King Sacrificer: Interesting final position. Here i added 11 more queens, which wouldn't save Kaufman from mate.

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Apr-07-13  IndigoViolet: <I don't get the pun.> Don't blame you; this is not a pun, this is junk. The understanding is that a pun should have some reference to chess, in general, or, better still, the chosen game in particular. So on all three counts, this fails.
Apr-07-13  ughaibu: Great idea!
Apr-07-13  shivasuri4: <King Sacrificer>, I think you missed Qxe5 in that hypothetical position.
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  HeMateMe: <Kaufman, along with his role on Taxi, was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world.>

Has that wrestling title been in play much, in the past few years?

Apr-07-13  King Sacrificer: <shivasuri4: <King Sacrificer>, I think you missed Qxe5 in that hypothetical position.>

Thanks. I knew there was a mistake, as always.

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  perfidious: Let's play Twister, let's play Risk (yeah yeah yeah yeah).....
Apr-07-13  Gambit All: Man on the Moon was actually a tribute song to Andy Kaufman by REM. The movie title came from the song.
Apr-07-13  tivrfoa: 34 white to play? =)
Apr-07-13  SaVVy66: <king sacrificer>.. black wont get a spare move for qxe5 ... its a mate even with 11 qweens..!
Apr-07-13  Xenomorphy: Monopoly, Twenty-one, Checkers, and Chess (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Apr-08-13  Moszkowski012273: Not a great game for Alekhine at all... Black was equal or winning up until his queen left the board.. EVEN then he had a chance for equality after Alekhine missed 31.Nd7 which happens to be mating.
Apr-08-13  aliejin: Stunning game
I will analyze this game, helped by software, not to search "imperfections", but to better appreciate

I think there are people who must refine
how to appreciate a game.

Example Capablanca / Janowsky, SS1911. as we know, is one of the Cuban's best games. but the
Polish game was spectacular, could win and could tie
There were flaws, but so is chess.

One day computers will play perfect chess,
but no one will be interested ... .. we always
will prefer to see the
human chess masters

Personally I prefer not perfect combinations
but those discussed over and over and which is
impossible to reach a conclusion ... (For example,
there are a lot, Thal Larsen 1965)

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  kevin86: black promotes...and white wins,anyway.
Sep-10-13  naderino: 35... Rb2+ seems to be good for black or not?
Nov-30-13  Owl: why not 33...Bg8
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  Phony Benoni: <owl> After <33...Bg8>:

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White plays 34.Nf5+. If black takes the knight, we have 34..gxf5 35.Qf6+ Kh5 36.Qg5#

That leaves 34...Kh5, when White still plays 35.Qf6:

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Now if 35...Kg4 36.Kg2 traps the king, and Black must give up to rook to stop mate with 36...Rb2+ to even delay mate.

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  TheFocus: An off-hand game played in Odessa, Ukraine in June, 1918.
May-13-15  Oliveira: <Moszkowski012273: ... Alekhine missed 31.Nd7 which happens to be mating.>

Alekhine missing a checkmate? Oh no, sir! 31... Kh6 saves Black.

Jun-16-17  RKnight: Better for Kaufman was 35...Rb2+, 36 Kg1 Rb1, 37 Qd3 (37 Kg2 repeats) Rxf1, 38 Qxf1 Qxf1, 39 Kxf1 a5 But AA would still win the endgame as the a pawn is stoppable.
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  MissScarlett: C.N. 10586: <‘On pages 229-233 of our book Arthur Kaufmann. A Chess Biography, 1872-1938 (Jefferson, 2012) Peter Michael Braunwarth and I presented clues suggesting that Kaufmann met, and played against, Alexander Alekhine in Odessa in June/July 1919. Recently, Dominique Thimognier (Fondettes, France) has discovered incontrovertible proof thereof, in Georg Marco’s chess column in the Neues Wiener Journal. Mr Thimognier points out that in the 2 October 1920 column (page 3) Marco gave a position from the familiar Alekhine v “Dr A. Kaufman” game discussed on pages 230-232 of our book. Black was indeed Arthur Kaufmann...>
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