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Alexander Alekhine vs Ernst Gruenfeld
"The Importance of Being Ernst" (game of the day Mar-30-2011)
Vienna (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 5, Nov-18
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  0-1
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Mar-30-11
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  HeMateMe: It was said AAA had to be beaten three times, in the beginning, middle game and ending, to lose one game.

I guess this shows it. Even down the exchange, he made it tough for Gruenfeld.

Mar-30-11  backyard pawn: Thank you to all the posters for their illuminating contributions to this game. I can hardly wait for Friday's posts.
Mar-30-11
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  AylerKupp: Yes, posters, thanks. For a while I thought that I had stumbled into the kibitzing in one of LMAJ's games by mistake. But I once did have an opponent pick up his king and throw it across the board after I checkmated him. Honest!
Mar-30-11
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  kevin86: Alekhine was holding on-down a rook and two pawns for a bishop. In the end,the bishop goes and any facade of a chance goes away.
Mar-30-11  Jack Kerouac: Alright. I'll join the fun-- Noting his position was lost, Alexander rose up and curtly stated,"I have a club named after me so if you will excuse me, I must attend my AA meeting."
Mar-30-11
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  Chessmensch: A nice Gruen.
Mar-30-11  Gersch: This was the first game to have played the Gruenfeld defense, to this day this is the opening I have the most trouble against.
Mar-30-11
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  Penguincw: < ♖♘ sac: 28...Bf8 >

How is this an exchange sac? Black wins the exchange.White loses the exchange.

Mar-30-11  capanegra: 22.Ra4 looks very bad. The Rook con c4 is not very useful, but in a4 was even useless. I would have tried to consolidate the predominance of the open file with 22.Rc1. White seems to have a better position then.
Mar-30-11  Llawdogg: LOL Kibitzing gone wild.
Mar-30-11  castilho: Isn't it amazing to read such inspiring histories about those well-educated, fine, sophisticated players of the past? It just brings the very best in all of us, doesn't it?
Mar-30-11  theodor: <<AylerKupp>: Yes, posters, thanks. For a while I thought that I had stumbled into the kibitzing in one of LMAJ's games by mistake. But I once did have an opponent pick up his king and throw it across the board after I checkmated him. Honest!> I new you were an omnipotent!
Mar-30-11  WhiteRook48: i think 26 Bxe7 Rxd5 27 Nf1 should stop some of the pressure
Mar-31-11  LIFE Master AJ: It looks like - that for once - Alekhine's sack did not work.
Mar-31-11  LIFE Master AJ: Sorry that I missed this game yesterday.
Oct-04-11  DrMAL: Re-introduction of formidable Indian defense named after black, after 20.dxe6 black got classic Grünfeld pawn majority on Q-side. Swapping Qs via 26.Bxe7 results in favorable endgame for black but it was only good move. Similarly, 27.Kf1 was required to meet threat, difficult to see how big a mistake 27.h3 was without computer, with 29...Qd1+ Grünfeld showed one key reason why. Black went up clear exchange and gobbled more material via 33...Qxa2 perfectly fine move, position was still easily defendable. Losing second pawn 39...Qxb5 without making further threats white could have resigned, 41.e5 f5 gave black fortress it's all his game from here. Crushing finish, great example of defense!
Nov-28-11  Ulhumbrus: At some earlier point, for example when playing 22 Ra4 instead of 22 Rc1 followed by 23 Rc1-d1, Alekhine may have not foreseen Black's potential ability to make the fork ..Qd1+ attacking simultaneously his King on g1 and Rook on a4.
Jul-09-12  e4 resigns: <Nimzowitsch once resigned saying "WHY MUST I LOSE TO THIS IDIOT?"> http://blog.chess.com/billwall/sore...
Nov-21-14  irishczar: Actually Nimzowitsch said, "Gegen diesen Idioten muss ich verlieren!" Which is, "Against these idiots I have to lose!"
Nov-21-14  john barleycorn: <irishczar> actually, it is singular "this idiot"
Nov-21-14  irishczar: <john barleycorn> Idioten is plural, and idiot is the singular in german.

For example; the plural:

Ich dachte ehrlich gesagt, nur idioten sind glücklich.

I honestly thought only idiots were happy.

and the singular:

Ich bin kein Idiot.

I am not an idiot.

Nov-21-14
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  chancho: <Phony Benoni: capanegra: Here is the story writen by Hans Kmoch and Fred Reinfeld:"Alekhine hit on still another way of resigning during the Vienna tournament of 1922. Gruenfeld had played what was then his new defense. Alekhine had tried to refute it and had failed. The game was adjourned. Alekhine naturally realized that he was lost but was still curious to know whether his opponent might have sealed a mistake. So, when play was resumed after dinner, he appeared in the tournament room. Wearing his hat and overcoat, he went to his table which happened to be located near the entrance. When he saw that Gruenfeld had sealed 54…f3 (the strongest move), Alekhine resigned –by taking his King and throwing it across the room."

If this is true, the king must have bounced back and landed on h2, since the score records one more move.>

Lmao...

Nov-21-14  john barleycorn: <irishczar: "Gegen diesen Idioten..." it is singular, accusative case. Otherwise it would be "Gegen diese Idioten..."
Apr-16-15  newzild: I believe this was the first time that Gruenfeld played the Gruenfeld Defence, although it was not the first recorded instance of the defence being played. That honour goes to Cochrane vs Mohishunder, 1855
Jun-10-17  AlbertodaCruz: bonito jogo das pretas...
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