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Alexander Alekhine vs Dawid Daniuszewski
All Russian Amateur (1909), St Petersburg RUE, rd 18, Mar-11
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: BLACK TO PLAY

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Black found the crispest win with 33...h3+! After 34.Kh2 Qxg6 <so that if 35.fxg6 Rxf1 and 36...R8f2+ wins the queen>, Alekhine was reduced to playing 35.Rxe5 and desperately seeking perp.

The cutest line would have been 34.Kg1 Qxg6 35.fxg6 Rxf1+ 36.Qxf1 h2+!

Jun-05-10  Calli: Romanovsky and Alekhine were the youngest players in the tournament and became fast friends. Romanovsky lost quickly in the round and went over to observe this game. Unfortunately, Alekhine, as you can see, lost too. According to Romanovsky, Alekhine got up from the table after losing to Daniuszewski and the first thing he said was "I can't believe you lost to Rotlewi!"
Jun-05-10  ughaibu: Alekhine's comment isn't so strange, if this is the game: P Romanovsky vs Rotlewi, 1909
Jun-05-10  Calli: strange? I thought it was funny.
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  Phony Benoni: <Calli> There's a little bit of a story behind Alekhine's comment.

This game, and P Romanovsky vs Rotlewi, 1909, were played in the penultimate round of the All Russian Amateur tournament. Alekhine and Rotlewi had been duelling for first place most of the way, but in the previous round Alekhine had defeated Rotlewi to open up a 1.5-point lead.

Hence, Alekhine could have clinched first place by winning this game. Even with losing, he would clinch first if Romanovsky defeated Rotlewi, and even a draw would have still left him with a one-point lead.

As it was, he had only a half-point lead and would have to win to assure first place. While he was able to take care of that little detail in B Maliutin vs Alekhine, 1909, it's easy to imagine his comment to Romanovsky had a bit of disappointment as well as humor.

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