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Alexander Alekhine vs Theodore Tylor
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 3, Aug-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Benzol: Another one for <Calli>'s Alekhine's drunk collection. He wasn't but makes a mention of it in the 1936 Nottingham tournament book about a master making an oversight and comparing it to a law breaker saying he was drunk when committing a crime.
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  Calli: Just from memory, I remember it as Alekhine saying that managing the clock was a master's responsibility and blaming an error on time trouble was like the law breaker blaming the crime on being drunk.

Wasn't Tylor a very tall man?

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  Benzol: <Calli> That's about it. From memory Tylor was a tall man and almost blind. He was also a Don and lectured in law if I'm not mistaken.
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  Calli: <Benzol> Sorry, I can't put you in the collection because you properly sourced your alcoholic reference. You should pick an AA loss or draw and then blurt out a scotch, vodka or rum accusation. It also helps if you adopt the attitude that your post is something entirely new to CG members and worthwhile reading. Of course, there can be absolutely no documentation presented for your claim. That kind of thing will automatically disqualify a post from inclusion. As you can see, I am pretty strict about the rules for Game Collection: Alekhine was drunk! . ;->
Jan-13-08  paladin at large: As they enter the endgame at move 28, Alekhine is up in material and has the more active rooks. Sustained very fine play by Tylor over the next 25 moves to secure the draw.
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  Calli: 56...Nxg5! is cute. White can't prevent Kg7 and h6 eliminating the last pawn.
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  beatgiant: Does 47. Bxa4 not win? Alekhine may have feared "wrong color bishop for rook's pawn", but 47. Bxa4 Rxb1 48. Kxb1 Kxd5 49. Be8 Ke5 50. h5 appears to avoid that problem. Is this where Alekhine made the time pressure/drunk analogy?
Jan-13-08  dabearsrock1010: <beatgiant> but in your line then gxh5 and the problem remains that it is the wrong colored bishop and the pawn won't survive on the g file with like g5 because it is on a dark square and white's king is too far away
Jan-13-08  dabearsrock1010: oh nevermind I see the bishop can retake the pawn very interesting I will look at it again with an engine
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <beatgiant>--Yes, 47 Bxa4 wins, and this is where he made the time pressure/drunk analogy. He gave the move he actually played two question marks.
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  GrahamClayton: <Benzol>,
Here is the exact quote from the tournament book:

"An awful move, the fact that White was very short of time is, to my mind, as little to be considered as an excuse, as for instance the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the moment that he committed the crime. the inability of an experienced master to deal with the clock should be considered as grave a fault as a miscalculation."

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  Benzol: Thanks <Graham>. After four years it's hard to remember my original post.


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  perfidious: <beatgiant: Does 47. Bxa4 not win? Alekhine may have feared "wrong color bishop for rook's pawn", but 47. Bxa4 Rxb1 48. Kxb1 Kxd5 49. Be8 Ke5 50. h5 appears to avoid that problem....>

Alekhine gave this line as winning in his annotations.

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