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Alexander Kevitz / Albert Pinkus vs Alexander Alekhine
Clock simul, 3b (1929), New York, NY USA, Mar-24
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  0-1
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May-08-05  britny rules: yummy
Dec-08-06
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  Calli: A few comments:

1) Alekhine gave two different versions of moves: one version in My Best Games and another in a Swiss magazine (Schweizerische Schachzeitung). Neither is correct, although at move 43 he arrives at the actual game.

2) The game was one of three, a clock simul against three very strong consulting pairs. However, Alekhin lost quickly to Leonard Meyer and Lester Samuels, Alekhine vs Meyer LB/Samuels L, 1929. The other team of Kashdan and Hermann Steiner blundered and that game ended also ended quickly, so this game remained.

I find AA's annotations somewhat odd. Why is a6 the "safest spot" and not b7 or a7? He also appears to avoid the critical question on move 45, considering only Bg1 when the Kg1 would avoid the check from the bishop at f3.


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After 45.Kg1 (analysis) now Re4 is not good and 45...Ne4 46.Nf1 might hold.

Dec-12-06  capanegra: <Calli> I agree with Alekhine that a6 is the safest spot. If the King stays at a7 or b7, he would be exposed to receive a check on the seventh. For instance, had he played directly 42f5 43.exf5 gxf5 44.Rxe5 dxe5 45.Qe3 e4 46.d6! cxd6 47.Qxg5! and now Black cannot reply 47Bf3+ 48.Nxf3 exf3 because White takes the Rook with check. What do you think?

As for the 45.Kg1 Ne4 46.Nf1 continuation, 46f4 looks crushing to me. 47.Rxe4 Bf3 48.Ne3 fxe4 leads to mate; 47.Rd3 f3 48.Ne3 Nxf2 49.Kxf2 Qxh2+ also leads to mate; and 47.gxf4 Bf3 48.Rxf3 Qxf3 wins the exchange and keeps the attack.

Dec-13-06
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  Calli: <capanegra> "As for the 45.Kg1 Ne4 46.Nf1 continuation, 46f4 looks crushing to me."

After 45.Kg1 Ne4 46.Nf1 f4 47.g3xf4 attacks the Queen and the rook at e5. Black appears to lose material.

Dec-14-06  capanegra: Oops, you're right! I didn't see the attack at e5. So, the 45.Kg1 continuation might be worth considering.

Dec-15-06
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  Calli: <capanegra> Black probably still wins with f4 but only with proper preparations. That is my complaint; the annotations don't really explain the game properly.
Dec-18-06  capanegra: True, Alekhine wasn't especially distinguished for being an accurate commentator. But do you agree with my previous opinion about his comment regarding the safest spot at a6?
Mar-02-15
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  sachistu: Hi <Calli> re:1) "Alekhine gave two different versions of moves: one version in My Best Games and another in a Swiss magazine (Schweizerische Schachzeitung). Neither is correct, although at move 43 he arrives at the actual game."

Are you basing this on your analysis or do you have another source which you feel is more reliable than MBGOC 1924-1937? If it is another source, would you please share the version you suggest is correct? (Or are you saying the version given here on the site is correct?) I have the MBGOC version as well as the one given here. I do not know which year of SSz you are referencing, but if it is before 1929, I probably do not have it. Thanks in advance!

Oct-03-15
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous clock exhibition in New York, New York at the Manhattan Chess Club on March 24, 1929.

Alekhine scored +2=0-1.

See <The Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, April 4, 1939.

Oct-03-15
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  TheFocus: 1929. Darn phone.
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