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Alexander Alekhine vs Karl Ruben
Clock simul, 10b (1930), Copenhagen DEN, Apr-25
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  0-1


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Feb-16-07  Whitehat1963: Alekhine, in his prime, gets his behind handed to him by a nobody. Was this a simul perhaps?
Jun-17-09  ughaibu: Click on his player page, hardly a nobody. Nevertheless, does anyone know what this event was?
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  chancho: The game was from a simul:

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  Calli: The game was part of a 10 game clock simul on 25 April 1930. Alekhine and Capablanca seemed to specialize in these difficult exhibitions where the GM must play X times faster than their opponents. X being the number of boards. In this case, the time control was 20/hr. Therefore, Alekhine had to make 200 moves in an hour. Alekhine's strategy included a quick 16 move draw against the best player, Erik Andersen. Probably a few games against lesser players were won early on, thus lessening the burden.

AA played the Danish Olympic team plus a few others, winning 8 losing 1 drawing 1.

Other games in the simul
J Gemzoe vs Alekhine, 1930
Alekhine vs A Cruusberg, 1930

Jun-19-09  WhiteRook48: Black sacs TWO Exchanges?!
Jun-19-09  ToTheDeath: 15.Bxc7! Rc8 16.Bxd5

As played Black got a strong attacking position for his material investment. It's good strategy to take the fight to the simul giver and play for complications- who in most cases simply doesn't have the time to work out all the forcing variations.

Jun-19-09  ughaibu: Calli: very interesting, I thought the national team kind of thing had only been done by Kasparov. Do you know any more, the whos and whens, about the history of these extreme simuls?
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  Calli: Don't know the history of them. I suspect that they arose out of some clubs packing regular simuls with strong players. A somewhat famous clock simul is Capablanca's 10 boards at Leningrad in 1935. He only scored 3w-4l, but the strength of the players was such that it was still looked upon as an achievement. See V A Vasiliev vs Capablanca, 1935
Jun-21-09  ughaibu: Thanks Calli.
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous clock exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 25, 1930.

Alekhine scored +8=1-1.

Time control was 20 moves an hour.

See <Skakbladet 1930>, pg. 72-73.

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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro

8...d5 9.dxe5 Be6 10.Nbd2 Nc5 11.Bc2 d4 12.cxd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14.Nf3 Qxd1 15.Rxd1 c6 16.Be3 Bd5 17.Rac1 Ne6 18.Bb3 Bxb3 19.axb3 c5 20.g3 Be7 21.Kg2 h6 22.Rd2 a5 23.Ra1 f6 24.Rc1 f5 25.Ra1 Ra6 26.h4 Kf7 27.Rd7 ⩲ (0.54) Depth: 28

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