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Alexander Alekhine vs Magazine Vue team
"The Vue is Great" (game of the day Apr-11-2012)
Paris (1935), Paris FRA, Jun-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  0-1


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Dec-15-11  Whitehat1963: Does anyone have some relevant details about the circumstances surrounding this game?
Dec-15-11  AlphaMale: Luckily for you, the Skinner & Verhoeven book of Alekhine's game is my bedside reading at present.

<On June 15, after returning to France, Alekhine gave a simultaneous display on 36 boards at the offices of the newspaper Le Jour in Paris. On each board teams of four or five players played in consultation. In four hours he won 27 games, drew three and lost six.>

The <Vu Magazine> team comprised: F Le Lionnais; Melikoff; Wissiotzky; Mmes Casciani, Melikoff, Vogel.

Dec-15-11  Whitehat1963: Thanks.
Dec-15-11  AlphaMale: <Established in Paris in 1928, VU combined stunning photography with dynamic layouts and first-rate reporting, creating a revolution in journalism and setting the stage for future photo magazines like Life, Stern, and Paris Match.

VU covered a wide and eclectic range of subjects including politics, world affairs, social issues, discoveries, exploration, the arts, sports, and entertainment. It intended to be an illustrated journal of the week’s events—a movie newsreel on paper—and published work by some of the most important photographers of the time: Robert Capa, André Kertész, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Man Ray, and more. >

Vu, vu, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub...

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  Penguincw: Black chases the queen away from protecting h1 & h2.
Dec-15-11  rapidcitychess: ALekhine thought the Magazine was just flashy but it had some thought-provoking articles.
Apr-11-12  mrkangaroo: i think alekhine had a couple of drinks before this game - his play is too bold and he ruined a perfectly good position
Apr-11-12  sevenseaman: I don't know what, Alekhine gradually made his position untenable. Ne3 was acoming and it must give. Its impossible to to continue guarding both h1 and h2.
Apr-11-12  YoungEd: I don't understand Alekhine's play here; he just seems to loosen his own king's position to no real effect.
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  Honza Cervenka: <YoungEd: I don't understand Alekhine's play here; he just seems to loosen his own king's position to no real effect.>

I guess it was a mixture of overestimation of the position and underestimation of the opponent. It is not a rare occurance in simuls like this one and Alekhine is hardly the only victim of this kind of failure.

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  kevin86: Black will mate or win white's queen.
Apr-11-12  Rookey: I've played through the game a second time, this time taking the view of the white pieces player, to see what went wrong with Alekhine's play. When he looked at the position before playing 22. g4, he must have searched for a plan to better his position, maybe advance with a pawn and open up files. The field e4 is under control of black. Alekhine could have played his rook to e1 and force e4, but what was to gain? Only the isolation of his pawn on d4, while blacks rooks would also take their part of the e-file, so this plan seemed pointless. Making pressure on c6 was not looking promising, either, since the black knight stood ready to block the c-file when jumping on c4. So it seemed, black had gained a solid position with equal play, and the only way to bring some tactical entanglement into the game was pushing the g-pawn forward until files would open, and then hope to do some combination and maybe mate the king or something else which sould be decisive. So he opened up files and ignored the dangers for his own king, just to bring back some life into this else stucked looking game. And this might be how he started to go down with this game.. just risking something, and this time, loosing it.
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  WannaBe: "Vue to a Kill"
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  tpstar: Deja VU
Apr-11-12  drpoundsign: Alekhine was a Nazi but he was a Smart Nazi
Apr-12-12  Ladolcevita: Comme la vue ¨¦tait belle!
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Paris, France at the offices of the newspaper "Le Jour" on June 15, 1935.

Alekhine scored +27=3-6. On each board were teams of four or five players.

See <Le Jardin des Echecs>, pg. 61-62.

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