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Alexander Alekhine vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
"I Know it Was You, Fredo!" (game of the day Nov-29-2020)
Hastings (1922), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Sep-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  0-1



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Sep-14-04  WMD: <Second of all I'm not sure if it was th game but it probably is. After the game Alekhine went back to his hotel room and completely destroyed every piece of furniture he could get his hands on in rage.> And your source would be?
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  Benzol: <RisingChamp> It might have been at the Hamburg Tournament 1910. See Tarrasch vs Yates, 1910
Dec-03-06  sfm: Aljechine never gave up too early. A modern GM would have resigned after 41.-,Rxd3. Playing on after 49.-,Kxe5 is not even seen in average club pay. At the same time: I always admired those who could muster the energy to play one. Every now and then it pays!
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  Domdaniel: <After the game Alekhine went back to his hotel room and completely destroyed every piece of furniture he could get his hands on in rage. > Even if he didn't, it's a good story.

Ah, such a proto-rockstar tantrum.
"How does it feel/ to be on your own?/ Like a complete unknown/ Just like a Rolling Stone?"

Or, to adapt another Golden Age anecdote: "Why must I lose to this ... Yorkshireman?"

Marvelous game, though. There are tactical complexities here that push against the limit of the humanly possible, and still give silicon a brisk workout. Znosko-Borovsky was being a tad cruel when he used this as an example in his book "How Not to Play Chess".

'Do not relax in the hour of victory' was his heading -- but Yates emerged comfortably from the opening, and had the better game for several moves after White's dubious 17.Qe4?! Black had to make two or three mistakes to get into a position where White had a winning shot. First, 24...Ng4?! - weakening the b1/h7 diagonal in hope of a kingside attack - something like 24...Bd5 would keep Black's advantage. Even then, Yates could have drawn: 26...Rc5 holds the balance, but the move played 26...g5, is a 2nd error. Even then, the position is unclear until 31...Bd5? hands Alekhine a clear winning opportunity in 32.Qh7+ Kf8 33.Bg6! -- instead, 31...Qg7 holds it together, and even 31...Qxe5 probably leads to a draw.

Alekhine missed his chance, and soon blundered with 35.Rxf7? -- 35.Bxg7+ draws, while White still has winning chances after 35.Qg8+ (it's hard to see Black surviving in a line like 35.Qg8+ Kd7 36.Qxf7+ Kc6 37.Qe6+ Kb7 38.Qxd5+ Kb8 39.Be4 Rc6 40.b4 a6 41.a4 Ka7 42.b5 R6c7 43.a5! and White wins).

These days, that sort of play in supercharged tactical games leads to accusations of witchcraft, or something.

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  Domdaniel: F.D. Yates was an accountant, who gave it up for life as a chess player and journalist. He died relatively young, poisoned by a leaky gas pipe.

A warning to all accountants.

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  OhioChessFan: Does anyone else think 52...Kd3 looks a bit cheeky? Or am I the only one who'd have played Kf2 immediately?
Sep-15-16  drleper: <OhioChessFan: Does anyone else think 52...Kd3 looks a bit cheeky? Or am I the only one who'd have played Kf2 immediately?>

Hmm, I think 52...Kd3 is just the most direct way. If the white king steps aside, the black king moves in (to c2 or e2) and escorts the pawn home (or black can delay it with g5). Not that it really matters since it's all lost anyway, but aiming to force the d-pawn through seems fastest. Surprising that Alekhine gave Yates the satisfaction of playing that much of the ending out though, as it was obviously hopeless.

Feb-11-18  Grandma Sturleigh: <Stories say that from then on Alekhine would make a point of crushing Yates as painfully as he could when ever they played in revenge.>

Whatever the stories may say, <Yates> crushed <Alekhine> in this one: Alekhine vs Yates, 1923

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  fiercebadger: probably missed Rc3+
Jun-28-20  Howard: Interesting ! Didnít realize that Alekhine had had a completely won game at one point.
Oct-27-20  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Is it really possible that Alekhine missed

33 Bg6 f5

34 Qh8+ Ke7

35 Qg7+ Kd8

36 Qf8+ Kd7

37 Qd6 mate ?

Oct-27-20  Granny O Doul: <N.O.F. NAJDORF> Possible, but I think it more likely that he saw 33...Qe3+ 34. Rf2 and assumed that with one White rook pinned and the other inactive, Black must be ok somehow.
Nov-29-20  Brenin: This game broke Alekhine's heart.
Nov-29-20  Ironmanth: Love the game, and the pun(!), though the latter is a bit of a stretch! "The Godfather" rules! Y'all stay safe out there today, and always. Have wonderful holidays.
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  perfidious: Maybe so, but AAA exacted retribution in the end.
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  HeMateMe: "Mike, you DON'T come to las Vegas and talk to a man like AA that way!"
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  offramp: For this game Yates won the brilliancy prize: a solid gold telephone.
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  RoseMei: I don't understand the pun. Please explain. Thanks.
Nov-29-20  acapo: Can someone explain why the advertisements keep popping up covering part of the board? this is really disturbing
Nov-29-20  Brenin: <RoseMei>: It's a quotation from the film "The Godfather, Part II". See the YouTube link above. The pun involves the names Fred Yates and Fredo Corleone.
Nov-29-20  SChesshevsky: After 47...b4, seems Fredo banging out passed pawns two at a time.
Nov-29-20  morfishine: This game title is sure to be a hit
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  Knightf7mate: Ah!! Thanks those ads are worse than annoying
Nov-29-20  morfishine: This game title is sure to be a hit
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