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Alexander Alekhine vs Hans Fahrni
"Fahrni Rubble" (game of the day Aug-01-2014)
Mannheim (1914), Mannheim GER, rd 11, Aug-01
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13)  ·  1-0

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Apr-30-11  dale2222222: thanks phony benoni
Apr-30-11  Yodaman: Checking with the computer, if black plays 22...Nc4 instead of 22...Qf7 black will be able to survive for 29 moves longer until 54.Qea6#

My guess is that Hans Fahrni saw 22...Nc4, but knew that it would be losing eventually, and so decided to give Alekhine the beautiful mate in three.

Apr-30-11  Lil Swine: Alekhine's genius seemed to regenerate every time he drops them into his chess games.
Apr-30-11  BobCrisp: Drops what? F-bombs!? Maybe that's the secret of how he beat the invincible <Capablanca>, destroying his urbane equanimity with a stream of potty-talk.
Apr-30-11  WhiteRook48: 6 h4 is an excellent theoretical novelty
May-04-11  David2009: Interesting notes by Reti, who tried the attack against Spielmann - Reti vs Spielmann, 1919 - and lost after Spielmann improved with 9...a6 10 Qg4 g6 in place of 9...Nf8. Spielmann repeated the feat in the same tournament - Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 - and the same defence. Nothing daunted, Bogoljubov beat Spielmann in an exhibition game after the tournament, and subsequently used the gambit on many occasions with generally good results, notably including Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942. See http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

According to the database, Alekhine vs Fahrni, 1914 is the first and last time 9...Nf8 was played.

May-17-11  Llawdogg: Wow! Nice bishop sacrifice for two central pawns. That really ripped open the game for Alekhine.
Apr-13-12  Gambit All: Looking at Yodeman's 4/30/11 post with a better continuation,I also believe the alternative ...22 ♕e7 would not have been bad. Then 23. ♘xf6 forks ♕ and ♖; and Alekhine wins ♖ and pawn for ♘. But since Fahrni was already up a ♗, he has only a small material deficit and he could have held out much longer.
Apr-13-12  Shams: "Mannheim Steamroller" could have worked too, but the chosen pun is better.
Aug-15-12  csmath: Example of tremendeous tactical power of young Alekhine and one of the cleanest and the easiest to understand. If you want to know how to blow French to smithereens, study how Alekhine was doing that.
Oct-05-12  Conrad93: This whole gambit is pointless after 8...Qh6.
Oct-05-12  Conrad93: Nfxd5 was the obvious move through the whole game and Alekhine missed it.
Aug-01-14  ColeTrane: I think it was im a Keene book where I got turned on to this gambit. lopping the knight around to f4 is solid
Aug-01-14
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  FSR: Lame notes by Reti: one gets the impression that one would have to be nuts not to play 6.h4, which is tantamount to a forced win.
Aug-01-14
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  whiteshark: <FSR: Lame notes by Reti> Right! Aljechins notes* are more extensive and far more eye-opening.

* "Meine besten Partien 1908-1923", game 31

Aug-01-14  morfishine: <FSR> The notes read like Reti was preparing his notes for a book, which he abandoned thinking "What am I doing? I should be working on a book about MY games"
Aug-01-14  ElSegundo: <bengalcat47> Jinks' most memorable comment for me was when his attempt to get into space in some contraption failed miserably; he turned to look out at the audience and said, unabashed: Well what is space anyway? Nothing!
Aug-01-14  TheTamale: "Fahrni Rubble"--good grief. Funny, though.

I love the way Alekhine makes it look as if his opponent is losing from move 1.

Aug-01-14
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  kevin86: A mate will come quickly!
Aug-01-14
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  thegoodanarchist: Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones!
They're a modern stone age family.
Aug-02-14
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  FSR: An example of non-suicidal play by Black in this line:

[Event "WchT U26 08th"]
[Site "Helsinki"]
[Date "1961.07.26"]
[EventDate "1961.07.17"]
[Round "9.2"]
[White "Westman, Jan Erik"]
[Black "Westerinen, Heikki MJ"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C14"]
[PlyCount "76"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 Bxg5 7. hxg5 Qxg5 8. Nh3 Qe7 9. Nf4 g6 10. Qg4 Nc6 11. O-O-O Nb6 12. Rh6 Bd7 13. Bd3 O-O-O 14. Rdh1 Qb4 15. Nfe2 Nxe5 16. Qg3 Nec4 17. Bxc4 Nxc4 18. b3 Qa3+ 19. Kd1 Nd6 20. Rxh7 Rxh7 21. Rxh7 b5 22. Nc1 b4 23. N3e2 Bb5 24. Qe5 Qb2 25. Nf4 Qc3 26. Qe3 Qb2 27. f3 Nf5 28. Qd2 Nxd4 29. Rxf7 Rh8 30. Nh3 Nf5 31. Qxb4 Ne3+ 32. Kd2 Nc4+ 33. Kd1 Ne3+ 34. Kd2 Qxc2+ 35. Kxe3 Qxc1+ 36. Kf2 Qb2+ 37. Kg3 Qe5+ 38. Kf2 Be8 0-1 (time)

Aug-02-14  optimal play: "Fahrni Rubble" lol...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qk...

Mr Slate: If you'd care to join the ladies in the "Garden Room", Betty, I'll show Barney where the boys play.

Betty Rubble: OK, see ya later.

Barney Rubble: What do the boys do for fun here J.S.? Bowling?

Mr Slate: Heavens no! CHESS is the big game here!

Barney Rubble: Oh sure sounds like fun fun fun!

Mr Slate: Oh it is! Go on in, there's a tournament going on.

Barney Rubble: Hey, ah... any you guys wanna shoot a game o' pool?

LOL!!!

Apr-30-18  ChessHigherCat: Insane advance in development by move 13
Oct-11-20  Stolzenberg: Black could try 17. ... Qd6 18. Bxe4 Rg8.
May-03-21  SymphonicKnight: What a brilliant attack by Alekhine! Fahrni's major mistake in this game is 9...Nf8? which Stockfish rates at about +2.5

He should have played 9...Nc6!, (+0.0) when a plausible continuation is 10.Qd2 a6 11.a3 b6 12.0-0-0 Bb7 and it is hard to hurt black, e.g. 13.Nfxd5 exd5 14.Nxd5 Qd8 when black has a slight advantage.

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