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Allies vs Alexander Alekhine
Telegraph game (1931) (correspondence), Reykjavik ISL, Aug-??
Indian Game: Pseudo-Queen's Indian. Marienbad System (A47)  ·  0-1
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  whiteshark: [Event "corr radio/telegraph"]
[White "City Reykjavik"]
[EventDate "1931.08.??"]

"During his visit to Iceland in 1931, <Alekhine> started up two games with members of the Reykjavik Chess Club, evidently while having lunch in the restaurant of the Hotel Borg. Despite the unusual circumstances under which they were played, Alekhine characteristically took the games seriously. (This game was published in various periodicals, including "Chess Review", October 1933, with annotations by Alekhine.)

Because all but the first few moves were played by telegraph or radio transmission, the games are properly considered correspondence games, probably the last played by Alekhine, according to Harding. So we have an interesting composite game: First, a few moves are played informally in a restaurant in Reykjavik, without sight of the board.

Then Alekhine made a journey by ship to Denmark, and while the ship was at sea, moves were transmitted by ship's radio. When the ship docked at Copenhagen, the Icelanders lost contact with Alekhine, as he travelled by rail across Europe to Bled in Yugoslavia. But from Bled Alekhine wired his address and another move, resuming the game. And over the next few weeks the game was finally completed, with moves transmitted by telegraph!

The main players representing the chess club, according to Harding, were <Eggert Gilfer, Brynjólfur Stefánsson, and Hannes Thórður Hafstein.> The other game, with Alekhine playing White, was drawn but has not been handed down to us.

By the way, we can fix the date of the games with some accuracy. The Olympiad in Prague finished on 26 July, and Alekhine travelled to Iceland. In August, Alekhine started up the games in Reykjavik and departed for Bled, arriving before 22.08.1931. The games then were then completed by 29.09.1931, when the tournament in Bled ended."

-- Myers

May-21-18  zanzibar: <

EDITORS NOTE; When Dr. Alekhine
was in New York recently, we asked
him to annotate one of his games for the
Review, preferably one which had not
been previously published, The result is
the following splendid effort of the
Champion, which he mailed to us from the
S.S. New York, on his return trip to
Paris.

The game was played in Iceland, where
Alekhine toured shortly after the Prague
Congress in 193L It was one of two
encounters started in Reykjavik, but finished
later by telegraph, the Club communkating
with Alekhine on his journey
to Bled/ where he was destined to score
one of his greatest triumphs.

>

Chess Review (Oct 1933) p6

Slightly differ account, but given the commissioning request, and publication of game, it must be considered reliable.

It's a little suspect for the game to start as an ad hoc blindfold in a restaurant - but it's possible.

Sep-11-19  Gottschalk: Allies were Chess Club of Radic-Bohemia
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