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David Przepiorka vs Alexander Alekhine
Bad Pistyan (1922), Piestany CSR, rd 16, Apr-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1

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Oct-10-07
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  Gypsy: In this game, Przepiorka sealed for an adjournment. Curiously, when he immediately afterwards decided that the game was hopeless after-all, Alekhine did not let him resign and insisted on playing out the adjournment.

Here is why: The tournament had been a horse-race between Alekhine and Bogolubov. There was to be a rest day before the last round, but only if there were some adjourned games. Otherwise, the tournament organizers thought, why not play the last round without a break and let the participants depart a day early.

It turned out, however, that Alekhine truly and seriously craved that day of rest before his last round game against Reti. For a long time Alekhine pinned his hopes on the game Opocensky vs Samisch, 1922. But when that game turned into a draw, Alekhine's own game with Przepiorka was the only one left.

That is why he did not let Przepiorka resign after the adjournment envelope was sealed.

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The punchline of the story? Alekhine, Bogolubov, and Reti all got a rest day. In the last round, Alekhine vs Reti, 1922 ended a draw while Euwe vs Bogoljubov, 1922 ended in a Black win. Thus Bogolubov won the sole first place and Alekhine only tied Spielmann for second and third.

Apr-09-09
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  whiteshark: Nice backround story, <Gypsy>! :D

But I still don't understand what Aljechin intended. At least he didn't get an advantage out of it.

Aug-11-09  returnoftheking: Thanks for the story Gypsy. Still a bit strange, in effect Alekhine forced himself to play while giving Boguljubow, Reti and his competitors a free day.
Aug-11-09  slomarko: maybe AA was drunk when he planned that adjournament "strategy".
Aug-11-09  returnoftheking: Then maybe <gypsy> already suggested that explanation when he told the punch line of the story.
Aug-12-15  ToTheDeath: Alekhine works off some early pressure and trades into a better endgame, then maneuvers like a boss with his king fearlessly walking up the board and finishes off in style with a queen sac leading to a winning knight fork. Great game.
Jul-23-20
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  zydeco: The story is a bit hard to swallow. How can a player keep his opponent from resigning?
Jul-24-20
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  MissScarlett: Alekhine threatened David with the Gestapo. Oh wait, sorry, that was the next war.
Jul-25-20  aliejin: What an attractive game!

The story about that Alekhine
did not allow her adversary
abandon .... is approaching dementia

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