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Francisco Jose Perez Perez vs Alexander Alekhine
Blitz tournament (1943) (blitz), Madrid ESP, Oct-22
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Pierce Gambit (C28)  ·  1-0


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Dec-01-02  PVS: Alekhine was pretty far gone at this point. He already had cirrhosis of the liver, duodenitis and hardening of the arteries.
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  Benzol: Must have been a bad day at the office
Sep-11-03  Sylvester: He may have been drinking hard all the time by then.
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  tpstar: Guys, let's not be too harsh on a blitz game, especially if Alekhine himself was blitzed at the time. I concur that 5 ... g4 & 6 ... gxf3 are greedy and time-consuming (although this idea works much better after 0-0), plus 7 ... gf? was uncharacteristically bad. I think Fischer was right on target in these KGA lines with ... d6 plus an eventual ... h6 protecting the dark squares. Perhaps 10 ... Qf6 11. Nd5 Qg6 might have held out longer.
Mar-25-04  drukenknight: is there a worse alekhine game?
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  tpstar: Oops, I forgot to mention 10 ... Qf6 11. Rxg2+ Qg6 12. Be5+ Nf6 and I see nothing immediate for White. In fact, 13. Nd5 Qxg2 14. Nxf6 Nxe5 15. Ne8+ Kg8 16. Nf6+ is a cute perpetual. Remember Black is already up two pieces here. And I meant 7 ... fg? was the decisive mistake. Drukenknight, I cringe at the mere idea of my blitz crushes being published!
Jun-03-04  pawn2E4: drukenknight,probably not!! lol....i could have lost like that haha
Feb-01-05  Abaduba: <g4 & gxf3 are greedy> There's nothing wrong with taking a knight for insufficient enemy counterplay! The muzio has been considered unsound for ages; the point is to out-trap and out-combine an unprepared opponent - like the besotted and unhealthy former world champ. Though 7...fg is definately bad, as you said. Anyways, Fischer's bust is overrated, IMHO. There's no reason why the Paris Attack isn't a perfectly reasonable response; Fischer himself said that White "has chances to fight for a draw" (see the article where he publishes his analysis) but is still losing in that line.
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  beatgiant: <tpstar> <10 ... Qf6 11. Rxg2+ Qg6 12. Be5+ Nf6 and I see nothing immediate for White> How about then 13. Rxg6+ hxg6 14. Bxf6+ Kxf6 15. Qxh8+ and Black ends with only two minor pieces for a queen.
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  tpstar: <beatgiant> Thank you very much for fixing the hole. So if 12. Be5+ Black must play 12 ... Nxe5 instead, since the other line wins the Rh8, and then 13. Qxe5+ Nf6 14. Rxg6+ Kxg6 (14 ... hxg6? 15. Nd5) and Black has marginal chances to hold.
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  beatgiant: <tpstar>
<Black has marginal chances to hold> Very marginal indeed after 10 ... Qf6 11. Rxg2+ Qg6 12. Be5+ Nxe5 13. Qxe5+ Nf6 14. Rxg6+ Kxg6.

White can continue <15. Qf5+> Kg7 16. 0-0-0, and I don't see how Black can save his knight, e.g. 16...d6 17. Qg5+ Kf7 18. Rf1 followed by Nd5 or e5, etc.

Nov-17-05  AlexanderMorphy: too much alekhole for alekhine!
Nov-27-05  Chopin: Must have been the Red Wine.
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  Honza Cervenka: "Pierce" Gambit (this is not Muzio) can be good material for a pun here. AA was really Pierced in this one. 7...fxg2 was a mistake and 7...d6!? 8.0-0 Bg4 was better though white still has considerable initiative for sacced material, for example 9.Rxf3!? Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Qf6 11.e5 dxe5 12.Nd5 Qd6 13.dxe5 Qc5+ 14.Be3 Nxe5 15.Qf5 Qd6 16.Bf4 Bg7 17.Re1 Qc5+ 18.Kh1 Qxc4 19.Bxe5 Bxe5 20.Nf6+ Nxf6 21.Rxe5+ Kf8 22.Qxf6 Rg8 23.Qe7+ Kg7 24.Qg5+ Kh8 25.Qf6+ Rg7 26.Rg5 Rag8 27.Rxg7 Rxg7 28.Qd8+ Rg8 29.Qf6+ =

Of course, there can be many improvements for both sides.

Btw, 11...Kf6 was somewhat better though then white wins by 12.Qf3+ Ke6 13.d5+

Mar-25-09  WhiteRook48: Stop drinking Alekwine
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: where have you gone?
Sep-08-09  theodor: hi, guys. whatever you say about the loss of the grate Alekhin, this game(along with other similar)is a good justification for my early retirement from competitiv chess(in the early 70'ies in my socialist country-bulgaria, there was not professionalism in sports). the opening was always a nightmare for me(I have a bad memory): even now I expect at every opponents move to be demolished! I made this effort to write this few sentences to make you the point: without good knowledge of openings, one cannot expect high ranking - only partial successes! the deduction: - chess is for fun, not for big results! all we are doing, is - killing the time! but in reality, it's rather the opposite; ''omnia vulnerant, ultima necat!''
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  Diademas: This is the shortest game I can find in the database lost by a reigning World Champion,
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  Landman: Games like this make me think *I* could be World Champion. I think I'm capable of playing at this level.
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  Calli: Alekhine was supposed to play in the Madrid 1943 tournament (Keres 1st). However, he didn't show up for round 1 on Oct 4. They had to start without him. Apparently, he finally arrived on Oct 15 during the tenth round. He had last played at Salzburg in June and was in Vienna giving simuls in August. Where he spent the rest of time is unknown and another mysterious chapter in the Alekhine story.
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  tamar: Alekhine was blitzed.
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  fm avari viraf: One cannot appraise the strength of World Champions just by losing a game in this fashion. A World Champion has many sterling qualities to be on the zenith whereas the others lack & lag behind always so <Landman> there you are.
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  perfidious: <fm avari viraf> Even producing another lacklustre effort from the loser of this game (Alekhine vs P F Johner, 1911) proves absolutely nothing, as anyone who's played through a few of Alekhine's games will surely attest.
Dec-25-13  Ilundain4ever: Actually is: 6.Bxf4 gxf3 7.Bc4.

Please correct this.

Source: "Escuela de ajedrez" of Antonio Gude.

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  TheFocus: From a blitz tournament held in Madrid, Spain on October 22, 1943.

Alekhine finished in 5th place.

See <A. Alekhine>, pg. 132-133.

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