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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-08-11  Wyatt Gwyon: How has this never been the game of the day?
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  Phony Benoni: <Wyatt Gwyon: How has this never been the game of the day?>

What's the pun? Fahrni Rubble?

Apr-08-11  Wyatt Gwyon: That's a good one.
Apr-30-11  shivasuri4: <Phony Benoni>,what does the pun refer to?

Congrats for getting your pun in the GOTD.

Apr-30-11  Jim Bartle: Fahrni Rubble/Barney Rubble/Flintstones.
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  Phony Benoni: <shivasuri4> As Jim Bartle says, it's a reference to a character in an early 1960s television cartoon in the United States. Yes, I'm dating myself.

And an advance apology to all who actually know how to pronounce "Fahrni" for the typical American butchering.

22.Ne8 is a marvelous move.

Apr-30-11  dale2222222: im either losing my mind or this was the GOTD yesterday or 2 days ago or something
Apr-30-11  bengalcat47: <Phony Benoni> I grew up with those cartoons also. Although my favorite character was Mr. Jinks the cat. I'm sure you remember him.
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  Phony Benoni: <dale2222222> It was displayed as the GOTD yesterday for a few minutes, but that was a mistake and the actual GOTD was switched for it.
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  HeMateMe: BAM BAM
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  Once: It's a game to make the French defence look stupid, but it takes a genius like Alekhine to do it. Odd how none of the black pieces seems to be doing much of value. In the final position, black has nearly his entire army left - all that is back in the box is a lone black bishop and a few prawns. And those black pieces are clustered in close attendance around his king. Yet for all that he can't avoid the mate.

But 22. Ne8! What witchcraft!

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  johnlspouge: < <Phony Benoni> wrote: [snip] Yes, I'm dating myself. >

Why? Because nobody else will?


Apr-30-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: Alekhine as usual quick in development.
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  kevin86: If black interposes other than the queen, Qc7# If the queen interposes,white counters that with Qxf6+ mating next...
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  kevin86: btw,tha author of this pun should get bamm-bammed. lol
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

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.
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