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Curt von Bardeleben vs Alexander Alekhine
Duesseldorf (1908), Duesseldorf GER, rd 1, Aug-??
Philidor Defense: Hanham Variation (C41)  ·  0-1



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Apr-15-03  AgentRgent: My chess must be improving... I spotted this one right away!
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  Sneaky: I saw the idea right away (isn't it "always" a queensac? ;-) but kept thinking: it's no good, as Black can just interpose with ♗c1... then what? Finally I saw ...b2 and how truly crushing it is. It's a forced mate, right?
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  crafty: 34. ♘e1 ♖xc1 35. ♕e3 ♖xe1+ 36. ♕xe1 ♖xe1+   (eval -13.78; depth 10 ply; 50M nodes)
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  Sneaky: ok it's not a forced mate, thanks crafty :-/

crafty, sometimes you're like that character 'Data' on Star Trek when he says things like, "Captain, a miss is not as good as a mile--a miss under these circumstances must be approximately equal to 9.375 meters."

Apr-16-03  Shadout Mapes: Robot only want friend.
Jan-10-05  iron maiden: Another early gem from Alekhine, like today's puzzle. This match with von Bardeleben was one of his first successes--although Alekhine himself regarded it very lightly.
Apr-03-05  THE pawn: It wasn't that easy to see. Alekhine is just awsome.
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  chancho: Alekhine called Von Bardeleben an Elderly kindly gentleman who was quite lacking in fighting ambition and what was worse, in any real class as a chessplayer. Von Bardeleben was 48 years old then, not quite elderly. the poor guy suffering hardship in Germany commited Suicide in 1924. he played Steinitz in the famous game at Hastings 1895 where he left the playing hall rather than resign, and lost on time.
Dec-09-05  refutor: does anyone have the games from the rest of this match? in his book "107 Great CHess Battles" he mentions that he won the Dusseldorf title from von Bardeleben in 1908 4.5-0.5, this being one of the games. none of the games (this included) are in megabase...does anyone have the other games?
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  Benzol: <refutor> Sorry mate but you are going to be disappointed. Skinner & Verhoeven say that only this game and a small game fragment have survived from the match.

The game fragment with Alyekin playing Black goes 1.e4 e5 2.f4 ♗c5 3.♘f3 d6 4.b4

A great pity that the match didn't attract the kind of attention that would have insured the survival of the rest of the gamescores.


Feb-12-11  Llawdogg: Beautiful game by the young, teen-aged Alekhine.
Apr-04-17  cwcarlson: 13.Bd3? is too passive; 13.ab cb 14.Nd5 Qc4 15.Ne7+ Kh8 16.f3 is =. Better was 12...a5 with advantage.
Jul-13-19  SVarden: It is indeed a shame that the remaining gamescores appear to be lost, but WWI was raging and most other things had to take a back seat. My computations conclude that Alekhine was just 15 when the game was played. And that was in the days when teen-aged GMs didn't exist.

The gamescore with comments is included in Fred Reinfeld's "The Development of a Chess Genius." Dover Publications, 1959, pp 40-42.

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