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Alexander Alekhine vs Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev
Blindfold simul, 5b (1918) (blindfold), Moscow RUS, Aug-09
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation Accepted (C48)  ·  0-1



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Jun-09-06  kavalerov: The game wasn't perfect, but Grigoriev finishes Alekhine off beautifully, converting a pawn advantage in a Queen and Rook endgame (which was a pawn deficit before 29. Qxd6??, letting the Black rook take over the 2nd rank). Alekhine made another blunder at moves 36 and 37, when the simple 37. ... Qg5 would have won, threatening Qh6#. I'm sure both players were under time pressure. All said, the position after 53. ... Kg5 is a simply beautiful zugzwang, much better looking than the efficient 37. ... Qg5. In the final position 54. h3, for example, is met by 54. ... Kh4 55. Qh1 Qg3+ winning the h-pawn and the game. The Q is busy protecting the g-pawn, so she has to trade herself in, in order not to lose it. This also leads to the end: 54. Qf3 Qxf3+ 55. Kxf3 Kh4 56. Kf4 (or 56. Ke4 Kxh4 57. Kd5 f5 58. Kxc5 f4 59. b4 f3 60. b5 f2 61. b6 f1/Q wins) 56. ... Kh3 57. Kf3 (57. Ke4 transposes to the last line) 57. ... Kxh2 58. Ke4 Kg3 59. Kd5 h5 (Kxg4?? and White will have enough time to promote his b-pawn) and Black wins.

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  Calli: Nikolay Dmitrievich could have won quickly with 30...Rxf2 because there is no answer to Qg2+ or if 31.Qxc5 Qe6+
Oct-28-09  Qb6: Wasn't this the 5 queen game?
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  vonKrolock: That piece of chessical fiction Alekhine vs NN, 1915
Aug-14-11  dotsamoht: <kavalerov> This was a blindfold game, right? Alekhine exhibition, I suppose. So I don't agree with the comment, "I'm sure both players were under time pressure."
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  sachistu: Does anyone have the source for this game? There is another version that goes 36.Re3 Rxf2 37.Qg3 Qd2 38.Qe5+ Kh6 39.Rc3 f6 40.Qb8 Qd5 41.Rg3 Re2 42.a4 which reaches the game position (albeit with Black to move instead of White as in the version given here). The alternative version goes on to move 66. This alternative version avoids 37...Qg5, which was suggested by <kavalerov>. However, White could have played 37.Qe5+ which gives White much better chances of surviving.

This game is not given in the Kalendovsky and Fiala book titled Complete Games of Alekhine. And of course, it's not given in Alekhine's Best Games book.

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  TheFocus: From a blindfold simul in Moscow, Russia on August 9, 1918.

Alekhine's score against 5 opponents is not known.

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  sachistu: Thanks <TheFocus>. My question was probably not clear. I was trying to locate the book, magazine or newspaper that provided the score for this game.
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  TheFocus: <sachistu> This game appears in <Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946> by Skinner and Verhoeven.
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  sachistu: Thanks! <TheFocus>
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  Calli: I would add that Skinner/Verhoeven give the original publication as the Soviet chess magazine "64" in 1931, page 245.
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  sachistu: Thanks <Calli> 1931 is one of the years of "64" that I do not have. Regardless, thanks for the additional documentation.

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