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Alexander Alekhine vs V Zhukovsky
cr RUS (1906) (correspondence), cr RUE, Sep-22
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Rice Gambit (C39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-12-04  Gothic Girl: I like the action here. Rarely does one see Alekhine on the ropes like this, but he handled it well. I think both sides passed up wins along the way in this sharp game.
Jun-29-04  Sj17: Yes; Zhukovsky also manages his lightning setback well. The sequence starting with 15...Nc6 (instead of, say, ...Ne3 followed by Bd6?) feels like a hastily-calculated combination. I wonder if this was a fast game.
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  wwall: 20...Rxd5 doesn't look good. Why not 20...Nxe5, and if 21.Be4, then 21...Rxd4 22.cxd4 Qxd4+ (threatening 23...Qd1 mate) 23.Be3 Qxe4, winning.

Not 24.Qxa7?? Qh1+ 25.Ng1 Qxg1+! 26.Kxg1 Re1 mate.

If 24...Qxf4?, then 25.Rd4 and 26.Qxa7 should win.

Perhaps best is 26.Re5 (preventing 26...Nh2 mate) Nxe5 27.Qxa7 Nc6 28.Qa8+ Nb8 29.Qa5 Re7 30.Qg5 or 30.Bxg3.

Best seems 27...Nf2, threatening 28...Qe2+ 29.Kg1 Qe1+! 30.Rxe1 Rxe1 mate. If White plays 28.Be3, then Black plays 28...Rxe3, still threatening 29...Qe2+ 30.Kg1 Qe1+ 31.Rxe1 Rxe1 mate. If 28.Kg1, then 28...Nxh3+ 29.gxh3 Qxh3, leading to mate.

Not 29.Kf1?? Nh2 mate.

After 30...Qxf2, Black is threatening 31...Re1+ 32.Rxe1 Qxe1 mate. 31.Rg1?? fails to 31...Qxg1+ 32.Kxg1 Re1 mate.

Aug-18-07  Grumpi: This was correspondence game, played 22.09.1905 - 31.07.1906.

Tournament was organized by chessmagazine "Chahmatnoe obozrenie"

V. Zhukovski was russian vice-counsel it Turkey at that time.

Page of Alekhine's notebook:

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  whiteshark: AA gives <17...Ld7 18.Qc5! f6! 19.d6 c6>

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as black's best with a surplus of two pawns with a relative safe position.

imo <19...cxd6!> grabbing a third pawn seems to be even stronger, e.g. <20.Qd5 Nf2 21.Kf1> if 21.Qf7+ Kd8 22.Kf1 Qh1+ 23.Ke2 Qxg2+ <21...Qh1+ 22.Ng1 0-0-0 23.Ba6 bxa6 24.Qa8+ Kc7 25.Qxa7+ Kc6 26.Qxa6+ Kd5 >

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  GrahamClayton: <Grumpi>This was correspondence game, played 22.09.1905 - 31.07.1906. Tournament was organized by chessmagazine "Chahmatnoe obozrenie"

The tournament was a thematic event in which all players had to use either the King's Gambit, Evans Gambit or Vienna Gambit. The Rice Gambit (8.0-0) was very popular in the first decade of the 20th century, due the gambit's inventor, Isaac L Rice, sponsoring tournaments and publications about the gambit, which was found to be unsound.

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  sachistu: The score and the Black player seem to be in dispute. As <Grumpi> pointed out, the Alekhine notebook suggests the score has the intervening moves 34...Qe4 30.Qa8+ Kd7 38.Qg6 then...Qh4 Kg1 Qe1. Fiala and Kalendovsky's book (p34) gives the score as given here (with Zhukovsky as Black). Strangely, they give the same score (but a different correspondence tournament) with Black listed as W. De Jonkovski (also on p34). They go on to suggest this game was played by Alexey Alekhine (but that seems doubtful).

Interestingly, in Alekhine's Best Games of Chess (1908-1923) by Alekhine, Black is listed as W. De Jonkovski, which is at odds with the notebook citation which indicates Zhukovsky. In Alekhine's book, the extra moves (e.g. 34...Qe4 etc) are not given, so apparently something was changed between what Alekhine apparently wrote in his notebook and what he published in his Games book.

I don't have Skinner and Verhoeven's book as a 3rd source, but was wondering if anyone who has it could see how they list this game and let me know. Thanks!

Sep-19-16  Isilimela: All sorts of fascinating sidelines in this game - feed it to an engine and see what comes up! Very instructive.
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  offramp: <Grumpi: This was correspondence game, played 22.09.1905 - 31.07.1906. Tournament was organized by chessmagazine "Chahmatnoe obozrenie"

V. Zhukovski was russian vice-counsel it Turkey at that time.

Page of Alekhine's :

That picture is very interesting, and it's still there! The moves are very clear and it shows the advantage of standard notation over descriptive.

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  whiteshark: REQUEST ANALYSIS

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Black to move

1) -5.44 (29 ply) <17...Bd7!!> 18.Nxe5 Qb6+ 19.Be3 Nxe3 20.Qb4 Qh6 21.Nf3 O-O-O 22.Rxe3 fxe3 23.Bb3 Rhe8 24.Qd4 Kb8 25.Qh4 Qxh4 26.Nxh4 f5 27.Nf3 f4 28.Nd4 Bg4 29.Bc4 h5 30.Kf1 Re4 31.a3 Re5 32.a4 h4 33.Be2 Bxe2+ 34.Kxe2 Rexd5 35.Nf3 h3 36.gxh3

2) -3.41 (29 ply) <17...O-O-O> 18.dxc6 Kb8 19.Qa5 Bxc3 20.Qb5 b6 21.Qa6 Qxc6 22.bxc3 Qc5+ 23.Be3 Nxe3 24.Qb5 Nxc4+ 25.Qxc5 bxc5 26.Rab1+ Ka8 27.Re4 Ne3 28.Rxf4 f5 29.Ng5 Rb8 30.Re1 Rhe8 31.Rf3 Rb2 32.Kh1 Rxa2 33.Rxg3 f4 34.Rf3 Rxg2 35.Rfxe3 Rxe3 36.Rxe3 Rxg5 37.Re7 Kb7 38.Rf7 Rg3 39.Rxf4 Rxc3 40.Kg2 Re3

3) -0.72 (28 ply) 17...Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Qb6+ 19.Nd4 O-O-O 20.Rxe5 Nxe5 21.Qb3 Qxb3 22.Bxb3 c5 23.Bxf4 Nd3 24.Bxg3 cxd4 25.Bxf7 b5 26.Bh4 dxc3 27.bxc3 Rd6 28.Rd1 Rh6 29.Bg5 Rh1+ 30.Kxh1 Nf2+ 31.Kg1 Nxd1 32.c4 b4 33.Be7 Nc3 34.Bxb4 Nxa2

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8 v270317

So Zhuk missed two stronger moves ...

Aug-13-18  Telemus:

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27.. ♘f2!-+

a. 28.♘xf2 ♕e2+ 29.♔g1 ♕e1+! and mate next move

b. 28.♗g3 ♘xh3 29.gxh3 ♕f3+ and two simple mates in four

c. 28.♔g1 ♘xh3+ 29.gxh3 ♕xh3 30.♗e3 ♕h2+ 31.♔f1 g2+ etc.

More calculation needs 28.♗e3! ♖xe3 29.♕f8+ ♔d7 30.♔g1. Here 30.. ♘d1! forces 31.♕xf7 ♕xf7 and Black is winning by material, while 30.. ♘xh3+ 31.gxh3 ♕f3 needs 32.♖f1 ♖e1+! to be seen in advance.

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