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Alexander Alekhine vs Joseph Sawyer
Blindfold simul, 21b (1923), National Athletics Association, Montreal CAN, Dec-01
Slav Defense: Alekhine Variation (D15)  ·  1-0


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Mar-07-05  soberknight: A pun might include the word "adventures".
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  GrahamClayton: A fantastic game by Alekhine. After tying Black down after the first 20 moves, he regroups by exchanging Knights (23.♘e5), strengthening a4 (31.b3), and attacking the c6 square (36.♖c6). Such a strategic game is more of an effort in a simultaneous blindfold exhibition than a miniature with a sharp winning combination.
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  TheFocus: From a blindfold simultaneous exhibition in Montreal, Canada on December 1, 1923 at the Nationale Athletics Association.

Alekhine scored +12=5-4. This broke the previous blindfold record held by Pillsbury at 20.

See <La Presse>, December 7, 1923, pg. 48.

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  zanzibar: I have a different French version ending after 44.Re5. What's the source of this game?

ACB (1924) p6, via Winter, picture of Alekhine + Montreal chess players:

Sawyer is there, although there must be a better photo somewhere, but it's not here:


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  offramp: <soberknight: A pun might include the word "adventures".>

"Just Sawyer Message".

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  zanzibar: <TheFocus>'s reference to <La Presse> isn't to the Paris version, but to

<La Presse (Montreal)>

An earlier account of the event comes from Dec 3, 1923 p11 and is available online:

The source cited by <Focus> gives the game, and it also ends at 44.Re5.

<CG version with 44. ...Rf4 45. Ra5 Rd4 46. Rb5 is wrong>

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