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Alexander Alekhine vs Karl Gilg
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 3, Mar-10
Budapest Defense: Alekhine. Abonyi Variation (A52)  ·  0-1



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Mar-12-04  ughaibu: Nice to see that the Budapest can also win long games, even against Alekhine.
Dec-23-04  Whitehat1963: Gilg? Who is this guy beating Alekhine with black?
Dec-23-04  acirce: Among the 20-25 strongest players at the time according to so maybe not a very big upset.
Dec-23-04  duckets: Karl Gilg actually has a pretty big following in my local club. I have personally not examined his games, but admirers claim that he often played down a piece instead of resigning as seems to be the norm nowadays, and patiently waited for a blunder from his opponent.
Apr-01-05  Abaduba: <acirce> Still a huge upset, IMHO. gilg was apparently very good, but this Alekhine we're talking about. Vallejo is a top 20 player, but if he had beat Kasparov the chess world would certainly made a huge fuss over it. Regardless, thanks for the link.
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  keypusher: Alekhine was in no hurry to resign in this game, either. Maybe he thought Gilg didn't know the Lucena position?
Apr-02-05  meloncio: Alekhine wrote in My Best Games (1924-1937): "I always had funny experiences against the Budapest, except against Gilg in Semmering 1926".

The funny experiences were Alekhine vs I Rabinovich, 1925 , Alekhine vs J A Seitz, 1926 and Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1932 After 1937 there is another one: Alekhine vs L Gallegos, 1944 .

Apr-02-05  Calli: Gilg was in fact undefeated against Alekhine. In addition to the three games in the CG database, he also won a blindfold game (both players were blindfold). Therefore 2 wins 2 draws although one might not include a blindfold game in such a record.
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  keypusher: Boy, he didn't do too well against Nimzowitch, though.

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  Richard Taylor: I think Gilg had a quicker win with 27...a:b4 if 28. Ba4 b:a3+

29. Kc2 R:e4 30. Bb5 R:b5 31 c:b5 Rc4+ 32. Kb1 Qb3+ 33. Ka1 Qc3+ 34. Kb1 Rb5+ wins

29. Ka1 Qc3+ wins

White has eg 28. R:h4 Qe1+

eg 29. Kb2 b:a3+ 30. K:a3 Qc6 or c8+ and mates

if 29. Be1 b:a3+ 30. Kc1 there are some complex lines but black can just play QxB+ etc

There are other lines after Blacks first move here of course

Jun-17-06  Maynard5: This game is notable for its sharp tactical play on both sides. Alekhine's initial attack on the kingside, with g5 is premature, but still extremely dangerous. Nevertheless, Gilg is able to create counterthreats on the queenside (note moves 19-24) that take the wind out of White's attack on the other wing.
Dec-11-08  whiteshark: I thought about <22.b3> first, but <22...Bxb3+ 23.Kxb3 Rb6+ 24.Kc2 Qb2+ 25.Kd1 Qxa1+ 26.Bc1 Rxe4!!> is crushing.

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Dec-11-08  whiteshark: <<Richard Taylor>: I think Gilg had a quicker win with 27...a:b4 if 28. Ba4 b:a3+> Indeed your continuation is much stronger. Nice lines with heavyx pieces agains a wide open ♔!

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Dec-11-08  whiteshark: <28...Rxe4!!> or <28.Qxa3> lead to a similar sudden end.

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Dec-11-08  Katu: @ Keypusher: What is the Lucena Position?
Dec-11-08  whiteshark: <Katu>


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  Richard Taylor: Gilg certainly knew the Lucena!


Thanks for your comment. It seems a bit churlish to criticise Gilg's paly - he must have been a pretty good player!

These "obscure" geniuses arise from time to time but - they take up some other activity or give up chess for some reason.

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