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Vigdorchik vs Alexander Alekhine
St. Petersburg (1914) (unorthodox), St. Petersburg RUE
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights. Exchange Variation (000)  ·  0-1



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Dec-08-05  lopium: I don't understand the last move. I guess Bd4 to save the queen. 17.b4 was bad, and Alekhine saw it. He could won the rook for his bishop avoiding to lose his bishop on c5.
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  tpstar: <lopium> ChessBase 8.0 confirms this gamescore and result (25. Rd3 f1=Q+ 0-1) but I don't get it either: 26. Bxf1 Bd4 (26 ... hg?? 27. Rxe3) 27. Qxd4 Bxd4 28. gh with a drawish endgame. Interesting that 18 ... Bxb4!? appears to be a mistake due to 19. Qb5 & 20. Qb8+ (thus 18 ... Bb6) but Black has 19 ... Be1! forcing 20. Qb8+ Ke7 21. Qd6+ with a perpetual. Then 21 ... 0-0? is a clear error losing to 22. Qxd4 (22 ... Qe1+ 23. Bf1) so I wonder if this game was mistranscribed at the time.

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  Calli: <tpstar> Its an odds game! Remove Black's f-pawn to begin the game. Now the final combo makes sense.
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  tpstar: <Calli> Thank you very much. So it's 25 ... f1=Q+ 26. Bxf1 Rxf1+! 27. Qxf1 (27. Kg2? Rf2+) Qe4+ 28. Qg2 Qxd3 and Black wins a piece. That explains why AAA was so eager to play against f2 (9 ... Qh4 & 10 ... Bc5).

Are there other odds games by Alekhine that should be corrected?

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  Calli: <tpstar> Its the only AA odds game that I know about. Odds games virtually disappeared when chess clocks became widespread. The players simply switched to time odds instead of pieces.

In the game, Vigdorchik should play 17.Qf3 while he has the chance.

Sep-07-06  KOCCMOHAYT: amasing trip by c pawn
Sep-08-06  NBZ: The missing f-pawn also explains why 22. Qxd4 isn't possible- 22. Qxd4 f1=Q+ 23. Bxf1 Rxf1+ 24. Kg2 Qe2+ winning a rook
Sep-08-06  Aspirador: <amasing trip by c pawn> It's actually the b-pawn :)) Can this be corrected by (see discussion above)
Nov-11-06  karik: I wonder if this is the longest pawn trip in an actual game. 2+4sqrt(2) = 7.65...
May-14-19  NBZ: I wonder if anyone knows of other odds games on CG? This one was a ball.
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  beatgiant: <NBZ>
There are a few hundred on this site.

In the search form on the main page, enter 000 for ECO code (the code for chess variants). If you want, you can also restrict it by player, year etc. as usual. Morphy, Tarrasch and Philidor have the most games here.

May-14-19  NBZ: Thanks <beatgiant>!
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