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Alexander Alekhine vs Milan Vidmar
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 1, Aug-21
Four Knights Game: Nimzowitsch (Paulsen) (C49)  ·  1-0



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Nov-18-04  marekg248: 8.Ng4! 9.Nh6+! and 15.Nxf7+! Great opening play. 18.Qd3 stops 18...Bh3!
Dec-07-04  Paul123: I’m just getting to the point where I can analyze GM games in depth and appreciate them. This game is fantastic! The tactics! Thrust and counter thrust! From around move six to eighteen these guys where on fire! I like to analyze one move at a time without looking at the outcome. Just when I thought Alekine had given the telling blow Vidmar would counter attack!

Alekine’s 9. Nh6+ was sweet!

I loved how Vidmar saves losing a piece due to his knight being pinned. Vidmar’s 12…d4 was nice. I totally missed this when analyzing the position. Then Alekine’s 15. Nxf7+ sent the hole thing spinning tacitly again!

I love how Alekine's pawn on e4 influence the game!

After move 18 “when the smoke clears” things quite down with Alekine having the winning position, but around move 28. Vidmar “IMO” say’s I’m not going down without a fight. Great fighting chess

Dec-07-04  kostich in time: To quote Alekhine himself, "My games with Doctor Vidmar have generally been full of life and struggle." Carlsbad was Alekhine first really great Tournament, and this game helped make his reputaion.
May-16-05  beastboy: Yes I agree on th e4 pawn. If that pawn wasnt there Alkhine would have to search harder for the tatical poistion gained after 15.nxf7 check even thou the e4 pawn was taken before but nailing hte knight shut 11. d3 pinning the knightto blacks queen
Sep-08-08  pom nasayao: Black's 33...Bxg2 is really a desperate move. It would have been very damaging had the W Bishop not posted at d4.
Oct-11-08  notyetagm: White to play: 38 ?

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38 ♖a8-f8! <remove the guard> 1-0

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Alekhine's 38 ♖a8-f8! seeks to <REMOVE THE GUARD> of the 2-2 <LOOSE> g7-mating square next to the Black h7-king by attacking the critical Black f7-rook defender.

Oct-11-08  ThePawnOTron2: 31...Bf1 would like to decoy the White king to f1 where it would be checkmated. As pom nasayao says, 33...Bxg2 would be quite all right for Black if the f2-square was not defended.


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  thegoodanarchist: After 31...Bf1, Alekhine writes "Black has no satisfactory defence and so he can without danger indulge in this little pleasantry."
Apr-29-10  ricdias: I can't understand the idea behind black's 8th move. White can play Re1 pinning the knight which black would answers with d5, but white then follows with d3... the black discovered attack Nxc3 is weak too and it comes to nothing.

Other option for white is to trade knights and then activate his rook with gain of tempo...

Please, can anyone help me to undestand black's idea behind his 8th move?

Sep-02-10  kellmano: <ricdias: I can't understand the idea behind black's 8th move. White can play Re1 pinning the knight which black would answers with d5, but white then follows with d3... the black discovered attack Nxc3 is weak too and it comes to nothing.>

If white played 9. Re1, then .....Nxc3 is possible and if 10. Rxe8, then ....Nxd1 is winning, and if 10. dxc3, then Be7 is possible.

Alhekine's 9. Nh6+ is a pretty great move anyway.

Sep-02-10  kellmano: BTw always a delight to stumble across <thegoodanarchist>'s quotes from Alekhine. Haven't read that book; I may just have to buy it.
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Alekhine> finished shared 8th, event won by <Teichmann>.

"Alekhine, a young Russian aristocrat, ambitious and talented, has the makings of a great player, but first of all he must attempt to master his nervous temperament."

<Wiener Schachzeitung> 1911, pp. 306-7

Jan-11-12  King Death: <jessica> Alekhine managed to harness it enough even if he never totally overcame it. Weren't there some writings as late as the 1930s that discussed his mannerisms at the board?
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  jessicafischerqueen: <King Death> There are writings spanning his entire career concerning <Alekhine's> mannerisms at the board, including notorious incidents of hurling chess pieces (boards) and being in various states of drunkenness.

Unfortunately, many of these anecdotes are half-truthed or even totally unreliable in terms of provenance and fact.

Jan-11-12  King Death: <jessica> Maybe I wasn't clear. The kind of stuff I meant was mannerisms at the board not some of the stories we've both seen.
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  jessicafischerqueen: <King Death> aha I have you now. Yes there are plenty of those, I'll post a few as I come across them. I'm working on <Alekhine> for the next long while, so I'll post stuff on this topic on his player page.
Feb-18-14  Poisonpawns: 7..Qe8 was not needed;why place the queen in harms way? I prefer 7..Re8

Instead of 11..Qe5? Nxc3 12.bxc3 Be7=

May-05-14  ThePlacer: i think black could have played 13...Bd6 threatening mate first and then dxc3
May-21-18  Olavi: Vidmar should have played 9...gxh6 10.Qg4+ Kh8 11.Qxe4 Bxc3 12.Qxe8 Rxe8 13.dxc3, when Alekhine in '1908-23' gives the edge to white, while Tarrasch in 'Die moderne Schachpartie' thinks that black stands rather better - odd one, that.

8...Nxg4 9.Qxg4 d5 is easy.

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  andrewjsacks: Unusual and creative tactics in this game.
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