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Alexander Alekhine vs Vladas Mikenas
Kemeri (1937), Kemeri LAT, rd 4, Jun-20
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D74)  ·  0-1



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Nov-25-02  muayad ali: Mikenas could have forced Alekhine to resign on move no.23.....Rc2 24 Qc2 Qf3+
25 Kg1 Bh3
and mates.
Nov-25-02  drukenknight: how about we help alekhine w/ 22 Nd4?
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  Sneaky: I think 22.Nd4 loses material after Qxe2 23.Nxe2 Ne3
Nov-27-02  drukenknight: perhaps I am missing something why wouldnt black capture with the rook: 23 Rxe2?
Nov-27-02  pawntificator: 23...Rc2 is a brilliant move!!

By the way, the rook isn't on e1 in the 22. Nd4 variation so 23 Rxe2 can't be.

Nov-27-02  drukenknight: oh you're right, what the hell am I thinking. Sorry about this.
Nov-28-02  pawntificator: Don't feel bad. Patzer. heh heh, kidding. I couldn't help myself. I respectfully apologize and beg not to be ostracized from the chessgames community for personally attacking DK here. Sorry.
Nov-03-03  Resignation Trap: There is a photo taken at this game in Kemeri:

Dec-23-03  Resignation Trap: Alekhine thought about his 17th move for 50 minutes. During this spell, he went to put a sugar cube into his coffee, but he dropped a white pawn into it instead! Alekhine had poor eyesight, but unlike Botvinnik, he didn't like to wear his glasses. Photographs rarely show him with his glasses.
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  OhioChessFan: It's rumored Alekhein moved twice in a row in this game:
Sep-23-07  Karpova: <5181. Two moves in succession (C.N. 3202)

C.N. 3202 (see page 281 of Chess Facts and Fables) discussed the claim that in a game at Kemeri, 1937 Alekhine played two moves in succession. His encounter with Vladas Mikėnas has been mentioned in that context, but Sandro Litigio (Como, Italy) writes:

‘An article “How I outplayed Alekhine!” by Mikėnas on pages 52-54 of the January 2006 CHESS has his detailed comments on the game against Alekhine at Kemeri, 1937. As Mikėnas mentions no double move, it would seem that any such incident must have occurred in a different game.’>

May-15-08  outsider: i had a chance to talk to Mikenas several times, and i must assure you that he never mentioned such a fact. besides, he never wrote anything like that of what i have read [this implies i have read a lot of what he wrote]. by the way, the bald guy in Trap's photo is Fricis Apsenieks, a very interesting Latvian player, another participant in that tournament. Future generations should know that this was a game of round 4, and Mikenas had lost his three initial games to the players who later came last, second last and third last in that tournament. in the evening before the game, Mikenas was dining, and Alekhine came to him and wished him victory in the next round. only then, did Alekhine enquired who Mikenas was playing in round 4, and having received the answer "You, Sir" [not sure of wording, but more or less something like this], got very annoyed. After Mikenas missed the opportunity to win at move 22, Alekhine remarked it (young man, you had a chance to win; mikenas replied "Well, then i'll try to win for the second time") and Mikenas took it as an insult as he considered it to be impolite to give remarks in the process of play (source: comments by Mikenas)
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  wordfunph: GM Vladas Mikenas after winning 0-1..

"Our relations had always been good but after this game, Alekhine would not speak to me for three days. Great chessplayers do not like to lose."

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  perfidious: <muayad ali: Mikenas could have forced Alekhine to resign on move no.23.....Rc2 24 Qc2 Qf3+ 25 Kg1 Bh3 and mates.>

This is indeed winning for Black, and should provide a POTD.

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  wordfunph: game sidelight..

<The evening before, Alekhine by chance sat down at the same restaurant table as Mikenas. He was not in a great mood, but when Mikenas suggested that a little drink would make things look better, he rejected categorically: 'No, thank you, I only take milk nowadays. It is precisely because of these damned drinks that I lost my title to Euwe!' Mikenas wished him all the best for the return match, which was scheduled later that year, and this improved Alekhine's mood quite a bit. When leaving the table, the exchampion wished his companion good luck for his next game, apparently forgetting that he was going to be his opponent!>

*NIC Magazine 2012 01

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  Peligroso Patzer: <muayad ali: Mikenas could have forced Alekhine to resign on move no.23.....Rc2 24 Qc2 Qf3+ 25 Kg1 Bh3
and mates.>

According to Neishtadt, after Mikenas played <23. … Bxe4>, “Alekhine could not refrain from exclaiming ‘Young man, you could have mated in three!’. *** ‘Never mind’, said Mikenas, overcoming his disappointment, ‘I will win it over again.’” (<Improve Your Chess Tactics>, by NEISHTADT, Yakov, New in Chess ©2012, at page 187.)

Oct-03-13  jerseybob: ResignationTrap: Something bothers me about this picture: white very clearly has a queen on a4, and black a knight on c6, yet neither of those placements occurs in this game! I went through all of Mikenas' blacks from Kemeri and from his games with Alekhine, and can't find a match. This appears to be a Catalan or maybe a Ragozin. They may have been analyzing or blitzing.
Jul-30-14  GumboGambit: <muayad ali: Mikenas could have forced Alekhine to resign on move no.23.....Rc2 24 Qc2 Qf3+ 25 Kg1 Bh3 and mates.>

Then we can say "Mikenas Work Overtime".

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  WorstPlayerEver: 16. Nbd2 is a blunder. 16. Nc3 is better.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Of course, we could mention the move that Mikenas *did* see, 16...Nef4!
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