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Alexander Alekhine vs Arthur West
"Decline of the West" (game of the day Mar-31-2016)
BCF Major Open (1923), Portsmouth-Southsea ENG, rd 6, Aug-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0
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Mar-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Typical game of AAA.
Mar-28-16  JimNorCal: Qh7 looms.
Mar-31-16  Chesstorian72: Mate in 6

29. Nf6 Kf8 30. Qh7 Rxe5 31. fxe5 Be6 32. Qxh8 Ke7 33. Rxg7 Bf7 34. Nxd5 cxd5 35. Rgxf7#

Mar-31-16  The Kings Domain: For a while I thought that Alekhine's games have not held up well with time. I tended to agree with Fischer's comment that "You've seen one you've seen them all". But after playing through this game it reminds me why the man was a huge personal influence on my play and his aggressive, attacking style is one of the best and most inspiring in the game.
Mar-31-16  not not: what else do you do once you won "the battle of centre"?

start positional grind, until your opponent's pawns drop?

or go for his king?

Alechine preferred the latter, and usually he would finish other king off in classy manner and without fail;

it might get boring after a while; but he had few positional grinds too

Mar-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <The Kings Domain> One of my first books was Alekhines Best Games Vol I & II, which admittedly has been dissected over the years exposing its flaws. But the book sends a very powerful message about preparing one's position, especially using in-between-moves (intermezzo or interpolation). Thats what I got out of the book: no premature attack and only make your assault when everything is ready/developed
Mar-31-16  The Kings Domain: morfishine: True. His style of play is one of the essential models on how to conduct a successful attack in Chess.
Mar-31-16  posoo: I love aljoochin but DIS game is no different than the ones I play over noodles ij da PARK!
Mar-31-16  aliejin: Alekhine books ever
entertained me like no other.
I agree with what was said by Alexander C.H.O'D
in his book Alekhine 1938-1945
"The games have Alekhine
intrinsic wealth that is independent
the circumstances in which they were played "

The variety of concepts, strategies,
styles of Alekhine is amazing. read what Euwe said
about alekhine after 1937 match(search this site)

Said by Fischer is simply a imbecility.

Alekhine's books have a high
quality because they are the product of the mind
of Alekhine and of the greatest masters
of his time.

If we review the analysis of principle of
century with today's computers at first
view will seem that there are too
questions. But if revised
without committing anachronisms we will
that had a huge merit

Once I read here a group of "observers"
discussing several days, which was not credible a game of 5 queens played against a "NN" in
a casual game .... To my incredible
It is that Alkhine checkmate Capablanca with
4 queens in a game for the title of the world ... and yet happened.

Mar-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Black is about to be mated...so he gives it up.
Mar-31-16  Nosnibor: Is this the same player who played Blackburne in the 1911 British Championship ? His he related to the Scottish player by the same name who also played Blackburne in the 1880's ?
Mar-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Is this the same player who played Blackburne in the 1911 British Championship ?>

Probably, yes. I looked at some <Times> reports for the two events and West's home town is mentioned as Yeovil for both.

Mar-31-16  luftforlife: <Nosnibor>: Britbase's PGN zipfile sources for Arthur George West's games from the 8th British Championship at Glasgow in 1911 include the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, the Glasgow Herald, and The British Chess Magazine. (His game against Joseph Henry Blackburne is not so sourced.)

Here's a link:

http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn...

Britbase's PGN zipfile sources for Arthur George West's games from the 16th British Championship at Southsea in 1923 include the Hastings and St. Leonard's Observer. (The instant game is not so sourced.)

Here's a link:

http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn...

Not definitive proof, and I'm taking the stated sources on faith for the moment, but it appears Arthur George West played in both British Championships. Hope that helps.

Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Not to be pedantic but West didn't play in the British Championship in 1923, but in the Major Open tournament that took place concurrently. I think proof, if required, that West played in the events both in 1911 and 1923 would be found in his obituary that Gaige gives as <BCM, 1935, p.534-536>.
Apr-01-16  luftforlife: <MissScarlett>; Thank you for your correction, and for the research lead. I had given John Saunders's attribution provisional credit. Where might one learn more about Arthur George West's participation in the Major Open? Is that from Jeremy Gaige? (I don't have his volumes, but I know them to be authoritative.) Happy to learn more. Thanks again.
Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Where might one learn more about Arthur George West's participation in the Major Open? Is that from Jeremy Gaige?>

I don't have Gaige's tournament crosstables books either, but the event's cross table appears in the Skinner & Verhoeven volume. West finished secnd last with 2.5/11. As Skinner & Verhoeven point out, most of the media interest concentrated on the concurrent championship contest, so there are fewer surviving games than one might expect. The full score of three of Alekhine's games are missing.

Apr-01-16  luftforlife: <MissScarlett>: Thanks. (Just for ease of reference, and not by way of pedantry, I gather you're referring to Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games, 1902-1946, by Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G.P. Verhoeven (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. 1998)).

In "Alekhine's Tournaments and Matches 1902-1946" by <jessicafischerqueen>, Item No. 49 reads as follows:

"49. <Portsmouth 1923, 12-25 August> 16th British Chess Federation Congress, Major Open Tournament. Clear 1st over A. Vajda, A. Steiner, V. Kahn, J. Drewitt, and others. (British Chess Magazine, 1923, p327.)"

Here's the link:

Game Collection: Alekhine's Tournaments and Matches 1902-1946

Free, ready, and legitimate online access to the 1935 or the 1923 editions of The British Chess Magazine seems unavailable here in the 'States, but the citations are helpful nonetheless. Thanks again.

Apr-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <I gather you're referring to Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games, 1902-1946, by Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G.P. Verhoeven (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. 1998>

In a word, yes. I discovered that the game Alekhine-Heath, from the Major Open. isn't in the DB.

Apr-03-16  luftforlife: <MissScarlett>: Thanks. I'd be grateful to see that game, and perhaps others would too. Not trying to impose, but I do encourage you to upload it, if you'd like to do so. Kind regards.
Apr-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Already done. With some other games, we'll finally tip Alekhine past the 2000 games mark.
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