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Alexander Alekhine vs M Prat
"Pratfall" (game of the day Apr-08-2011)
Simul, 16b (1913) (exhibition), Caf de la Rgence, Paris FRA, Sep-10
Queen Pawn Game: Chigorin Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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Apr-08-11  BobCrisp: Especially if the source is not <Alekhine> himself.
Apr-08-11  Madmartigan: The biggest blunder of this game was resigning. After such an attack, you should allow your opponent to mate you.
Apr-08-11  LIFE Master AJ: A really amazing game ... one of my favorites ... nice to see it again.
Apr-08-11  Dupin: I remember this position from the book "1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate" by Reinfeld. Nice to see the actual game.
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  kevin86: It's funny to see all of black's forces look on in horror as their king is destroyed.
Apr-08-11  lost in space: Alexander the Great
Apr-08-11  Koblenz: This game is a masterpiece of pure attacking, in the Alekhine style... !!!
Apr-08-11  queenfortwopawns: <kevin86> says it best.
Apr-08-11  Zan: So it's obvious why <17...Nfd5> would be a poor move, as <beatgiant> explained, but what about <17...Ned5>? It still helps defend f6 blocks the threat of the white bishop on e6, and keeps the king's escape route to g8 open. I don't have a chess engine available right now or a lot of time to analyze, but is there something I'm missing that would prevent <17...Ned5>?
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  Gilmoy: <gtgloner: I remember seeing an old photo of Alekhine in a big room with about 2 dozen or so ... a blind simul ...> That's an awesome photo. Alekhine is in the foreground, in a suit, facing the camera, sitting alone at a completely blank table. Piercing-eyed, bushy-tailed, and sober for the moment :)

Behind him, you can see a playing hall, with 4 long rows of tables, and ~40 persons sitting at them, all in tuxedos or suits, with their heads turned 90 degrees left or right to look at the camera. In front of each person is a full chessboard.

Alekhine isn't literally blindfolded; he simply has his back to everybody else. Some of them are so far from him that they probably have to stand up and shout their moves.

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  Phony Benoni: This one?

Apr-08-11  Calli: Prat was nothing without Whitney.
Apr-08-11  WhiteRook48: oh, Alekhine, you Prat!
Apr-08-11  SirChrislov: Definition of Prat


:a stupid or foolish person.

Origin of Prat

probably from argot prat buttocks

First known use: circa 1961

Primarily used in the United Kingdom. The literal meaning is "bottom" or "rump". It is not always directly translatable to American slang, For example, if you used the term "prat hat" in the U.K., you would likely be laughed out of town by the locals.

Prat: English term for *ss, also used to describe someone as stupid and arrogant.

AKA: Major Dumbass

An overly pretentious person. Someone who is so obviously so into themselves that others notice and they fail to realize it. Example: Seth MacFarlane(the creator of Family Guy) is a total prat.

-Merriam Webster & Urban Dictionary.

Someone who thinks he's making a valuable contribution to the game of the day but truth is, has nothing to do with the game, can also be called a prat.

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  Penguincw: Ooh.What a loss.I think white had a slight advantage by move 14 and by move 23 had the game going his way.
Apr-19-11  SirChrislov: After <29...Kh5> a brilliant win with a ♖ sac:

Instead of <30.g3>:

30.Rh4+!! Kxh4 31.Bd1 Bxe6( ...Rxe6 32.g3+ Kh3 33.Bg4#) 32.g3+ Kh3 33.Be2 Bd5 34.Bf1+ Bg2 35.Bxg2#.

Apr-19-11  Eduardo Leon: <SirChrislov>: In your line, instead of 33...♗d5?, <33...♖f8!>.
Apr-20-11  Eduardo Leon: <Penguincw>, it was already a forced mate by move 22.
Aug-11-13  Amarande: After some analysis, it looks like 20 Qh5+ actually forces mate, without the need to wait two extra moves.

I'm not surprised Alekhine chose to prepare the sacrifice, however: there are MANY variations in this line, and when plumbing it with Ruffian 1 and WinBoard I am noticing horizon effects are ENORMOUS here. One move Black seems OK or just a bit down, next move it's duly evaluated at 327+.

Here is the "primary" variation: 20 Qh5+ Nxh5 21 fxe6+ Kg6 22 Bd3+ Kg5 23 Rf5+ Kh4 24 g3+ Nxg3 25 hxg3+ Kxg3 26 Be2! g6 27 Rf3+ Kg4 28 Rf2+ Kg5 29 Ba3 Rf8 30 Bc1+ Rf4 31 Rxf4 Rf8 32 Rxf8+ Kh4 33 Rf4+ Kg5 34 Rf2+ Kh4 35 Rh2+ Kg3 36 Rd3#.

May-25-14  MelvinDoucet: How do you learn to calculate so precisely and deeply? I practice tactics every day yet I'm pretty sure I'll never reach this level of calculation ability.
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  perfidious: <Melvin> For even such a great master as Alekhine, much hard work went into his creations.

It was said that Tal, another player who was not bad in matters of combination, never missed a chance to try the simplest of problems which came to hand.

During my career, I played a number of grandmasters, and it is surprising how much more they apprehend in a position than we ordinary players, as well as how much more rapidly they get there.

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  louispaulsen88888888: According to The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess, by Chernev, Alekhine announced mate beginning with Qh5+!!
Jan-25-19  Everyone: <Alekhine announced mate beginning with Qh5+!!>

<Everyone> can do that, too.

Apr-28-19  TheTamale: Alekhine makes the claim himself that he announced mate in 10 in A. Alekhine, My Best Games of Chess 1908 - 1923.
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  MissScarlett: Discrepancies in the sources for this game are addressed in C.N. 7040 and C.N. 10042. Curious that Winter should claim: <The worst treatment is on page 308 of The Games of Alekhine by Rogelio Caparrós and Peter Lahde (Brentwood, 1992). Alekhine’s brilliant conclusion beginning with 22 Qh5+ was not even mentioned...> when <Alexander Alekhine’s Chess Games, 1902-1946 by L.M. Skinner and R.G.P. Verhoeven (Jefferson, 1998)> doesn't mention it either.
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