|Jul-20-06|| ||whatthefat: A world champion losing to a high school?! Yikes. I don't want to fall back on the weary excuse of Alekhine's alcoholism, but...|
|Jul-21-06|| ||A.Alekhine: High School basically means he is competing against the whole school right?|
|Jul-21-06|| ||Bufon: Poorly played by Alekhine, even it if was all the school.|
|Jul-21-06|| ||Peligroso Patzer: I would love to know more about the circumstances of this game, for example, exactly how moves were chosen for Black and whether this was part of a simul. As far as the first question goes, apparently it was some sort of consultation game; it seems more likely that Black would have been a consultation team comprising the members of the chess team at JMHS, rather than the whole school, but that is mere speculation on my part. Does any one know something about the background of this game?|
|Jul-21-06|| ||Landman: Maybe the guy's last name is "School", and his parents decided to have some fun naming him.|
|Jul-22-06|| ||Calli: This was a huge 50 board simul with 4 players per team. Capablanca had done the same a year earlier. The reason for the events was that Herman Helms of the American Chess Bulletin felt that staging something spectacular in the middle of the depression would lift spirits. Herman was a good guy!|
Anyway, JMHS team consisted of A.Douglis, H Levinson, H Spielman and B Weil.
|Jul-22-06|| ||weisyschwarz: Alekhine went down badly. Are you sure he wasn't blindfolded?|
|Jul-22-06|| ||whatthefat: <Calli>
Thanks for the information.
|Jul-22-06|| ||LPeristy: Geez, I wish my high school would play a simul against a world champion.|
|Jul-23-06|| ||Calli: Since the games from this event are under various classifications in the DB, I have gathered them in a collection Game Collection: Alekhine vs New York for convenience.|
|Jul-23-06|| ||Bufon: <LPeristy> Dont worry, maybe someday Topalov will visit your school :-)|
|Jul-23-06|| ||Calli: <whatthefat> The collection is updated with some additional info on the simul.|
|Aug-01-06|| ||Calli: For a picture of Capablanca playing in the Armory against many of the same teams see Chess Note 4492: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...|
|Dec-31-06|| ||Nibiru: Alekhine didn't play seriously otherwise he would have played 10.Bxf6 1-0. (10...Qd7/c8 then 11.f3.|
|Jan-05-07|| ||twinlark: Absolutely true, he allowed the kids to win. Not only did he refrain from 10.Bxf6, but when in spite of this effort he still found himself a piece up, he allowed them to win it back (33.Bf5), and then let them keep the advanced b-pawn so it could queen (37.Rxc7) and win the game.|
|Jun-17-08|| ||ravel5184: Who is this James Madison High School? Seems rather a strange name ... HA HA HA|
My guess is that Alekhine was either playing blindfolded, or letting Black go too many times purposely. Plus he played the Four Knights, which is VERY uncharacteristic of Alekhine, if I do say so myself.
|Aug-09-11|| ||Phony Benoni: A lay reporter's view of the simul, with caricatures:|
And a list of all fifty teams, though the reproduction is poor:
|Feb-06-12|| ||belgradegambit: I'm a proud graduate of James Madison High School (its in Brooklyn on Bedford ave) and was on their chess team.
Quiz question: Which 3 time US chess champion graduated from James Madison High School?|
|Feb-06-12|| ||King Death: My first guess was this player: Joel Benjamin.|
|Feb-06-12|| ||belgradegambit: Ding! Ding! Ding! King Death is a winner! Years ago at a tournament Joel stopped at my board and seriously studied the position. My opponet was down a rook for 4 pawns. Later he asked me what was the result. I told him a draw and he agreed it would have been a very tough position to win.|
|Feb-06-12|| ||Penguincw: Alekhine sure played against a lot of teams.|
|May-31-12|| ||Whitehat1963: Imagine the crushing he'd have received from James Madison University!|