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Victor Berger vs Alexander Alekhine
Margate (1937), Margate ENG, rd 2, Apr-01
Indian Game: Döry Indian (E10)  ·  1-0


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Dec-08-02  pawntificator: 36... Qxf4?? 37 NxB??
Dec-08-02  ughaibu: As bad as Petrosian's famous blunders.
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  FSR: Winter in Chess Note 6387 quotes CHESS magazine ("probably the most incredible double oversight in the history of first-class chess") and Chernev ("the worst blunder ever seen on a chessboard").
Jan-09-14  mcgee: The worst double blunder in chess history? Hmmm. Black is a piece down with no compensation if he tries anything else on his 36th move; White should still be winning even after 37 Nxe4 for exactly the same reason. How exactly could Alekhine have improved on anything he played after 37 Nxe4? White still has an extra piece, the Black king is horribly exposed, the white bishop cuts out any potential threats and if Black tries to avoid exchanging queens he probably gets mated very quickly. It's notable because it features a relatively obscure playing missing a chance to win the queen of a world champion (albeit not the reigning one). But it's not like Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956 where White goes from overwhelming advantage to defeat in one move or J Emma vs Stein, 1966 where Stein put his queen en prise after a 20-minute think and Emma didn't see it. It's aesthetically interesting but neither 36...Qxf4 or 37 Nxe4 should change the outcome of the game.
Feb-11-15  1 2 3 4: If you press the "pgn" button, you can see that this was on April Fools day, coincidence or not?
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  zanzibar: Featured on p5 of Horowitz & Reinfeld's <Chess Traps Pitfalls & Swindles> where Alekhine's position before 34...Nf4?? is identified as completely winning.

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5r2 /1b1p2kp/1p6/p1pn1q2/P1BbN1p1/6P1/1P2RP1P/3Q1NK1 b - - 0 34

Actually moving the Black knight to any square off the f-file is winning (as is 34...b4) though c3 is best (then b4).

The multiple blunders by both players are blamed on "grueling" time trouble

<each player only had a few seconds for his remaining moves before the time control>.

I haven't looked too closely, but perhaps Black's (Alekhine's) first blunder is 32...Bd4 allowing 33.Nd6 when 32...Bxd5 wins a pawn outright.

Maybe Alekhine was partly blinded by thinking his attack on White's king was stronger than it really is?

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