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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Semion Alapin
"Morphyesque Miniature" (game of the day Oct-16-2018)
Saint Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE
French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  1-0


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Oct-23-10  bystander: < Gars May-20-10; My copy of "My System" (G. Bell and Sons, 1950), states that this game was played in Carlsbad, 1911, not in Saint Petersburg, 1914. The notes on the book and on the page are the same, verbatim.> Interesting. My copy (Chess Classics, Quality Chess, Sweden 2007) states this game is played in Vilnis 1912.
Oct-23-10  bystander: <ozmikey 10-11-10 Some notes on this game and comments on the dating, thanks to the indefatigable Mr. Winter:> I did not read this post properly. Mr. Winter gives 5 possible years and places were this game could have been played. See link attached to ozimikeys' post.
Nov-01-10  Elsinore: Since this game bears a strong resemblance to "A Night at The Opera", perhaps the pun should be "Mate A La Morphy". I'm guessing that Semion Alapin is the creator of the Alapin variation in the Sicilian (2.c3)
Nov-13-10  SirChrislov: The date and location of this game remain a ?? to this day.

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  Peligroso Patzer: This comment from Oct-11-10:

<ozmikey: Some notes on this game and comments on the dating, thanks to the indefatigable Mr. Winter:>

... refers to item #6784 from the October 2010 issue of Chess Notes:

Jan-09-12  shakespeare: Maybe Nimzo saw the more elegant mate and choose it - because 15. Bxc6 something takes the B - 16.Rhe1+ some pieces interposes and mate next move - would have been the fastest mate
Jan-09-12  RookFile: 9....Qxg2 was really bad. It's a beginner's idea to go hunting for material, already down in time. Make a move like that and you deserve whatever happens to you.
Feb-01-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Very much in the spirit of Morphy's Opera House Game. Many sacrifices culminating with a queen sacrifice and a rook checkmate down the middle supported by a bishop.
Apr-12-12  hotwax: "Notes by Nimzowitsch except where noted."
Unfortunate wording :)
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  Calli: The year (1914) and place (St. Petersburg) are finally established by Per Skjoldager's research:
Jun-05-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914.
Your score: 33 (par = 24)


Nov-27-14  MindCtrol9: I remember a game of Murphy with the same mate where was based on pins killing the king with the only two pieces left which were Rook and Bishop.
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  SpaceRunner: My copy states may 1914 !
Hernov 1977,Copenhagen!

My copy of "My System" (G. Bell and Sons, 1950), states that this game was played in Carlsbad, 1911, not in Saint Petersburg, 1914. The notes on the book and on the page are the same, verbatim.

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  GrahamClayton: An awesome demonstration of open diagonals for the bishops and open files for the rooks!
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  ChessHigherCat: 12 O-O-O!!! Now that's confidence! (or maybe "justifiable hubris", if it's not a contradiction in terms)
May-01-18  WorstPlayerEver: Nothing wrong with 9... Qxg2 10. Bf3 Qh3 according to SF :)
Oct-16-18  RookFile: 5...Nxc3 6. bxc3 Nd7 isn't bad.
Oct-16-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: For those wondering in general about <chrisowen> posts, his 2010 offering above is still somewhat coherent.
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  OhioChessFan: Yeah, he started out that way. Then went to his best phase, the sort of, kind of, semi-coherent posts that told something of a narrative. Last couple years they've been bad, just a random series of single words with none of the charm that gave you a sense of "I can almost figure this out" that used to be so entertaining. Come on, <chrisowen>, get back on your game.
Oct-16-18  dhotts: After move 13 the comments say White's advantage in development is too great...No kidding. This anti-development game by Alapin is a joke.
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 26 dpa done

<<1. + / = (0.28): 10...Qh3> 11.Qe2 g6 12.0-0-0 Bg7 13.Bg5 0-0 14.Rd3 e5 15.Bxb7 Qxd3 16.Qxd3 Bxb7> 17.Nf3 e4 18.Qb3 Bc6 19.Nh4 e3 20.f3 Re8 21.Bxe3 Nd7 22.Bf4 Ne5 23.Bxe5 Rxe5 24.Qb6 Re6 25.Qb4 a5 26.Qc4 Rd8 27.c3 Be5 28.Kb1 Rd2 29.h3 Bf6 30.Rg1 Ree2

2. + / - (1.13): 10...Qg6 11.Qd2 Be7 12.0-0-0 e5 13.Rhg1 Qd6 14.Qc3 Qc5 15.Ne6 Qxc3 16.Nxg7+ Kf8 17.bxc3 h6 18.Bc5 Bd7 19.Rd6 Rg8 20.Bxb7 Ra7 21.Bxa7 Bxd6 22.Be3 Rh8 23.Be4 Ba3+ 24.Kd2 Nc6 25.c4 Ne7 26.Nh5 f5 27.Bb7 f4 28.Bb6 Rg8 29.Rxg8+ Nxg8 30.Bf3 Ke7 31.c5 Be6 32.c6 Kd6 33.Ng7 Bxa2 34.Nf5+

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  jith1207: <Cheapo by the Chosen>: If only someone had replied <ChrisOwen> post here in that fateful time, he wouldn't have sought out revenge.
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  chrisowen: <jith1207> Glib as ever focus arrives tap le diet ok in?
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  OhioChessFan: Much better chrisowen!
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  jith1207: <ChrisOwen>: I want to reply you, especially after you have chosen me to respond. I am just waiting for my stage to reach another few notches of insanity to comprehend and converse with you. I'm really sorry.
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