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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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  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.


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  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.
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  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  zydeco: The story is a bit hard to swallow. How can a player keep his opponent from resigning?
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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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