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Alexander Alekhine vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
"Crazy Yates" (game of the day Nov-04-2014)
London (1922), London ENG, rd 10, Aug-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: Great! Another GOTD/POTD with this page stretch. I wonder whose fault it is this time: Alekhine vs Yates, 1922. :|
Nov-04-14  Castleinthesky: <Cenoblanca> thanks for the book recommendation, I just ordered it. To state the obvious, this game is very instructive on positional play and I am amazed that Marcozy (correctly) called this game lost at move 15 and then showed how with minimal commentary. A small error leads to a methodical destruction of position.
Nov-04-14  kevin86: The black rook is soon lost as either rook moved to f8, blocks the king's escape and white mates in two!
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  Domdaniel: It's Al-yokh-een. Definitively.
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  Annie K.: Well... it is true that Al-YOKH-een is the correct pronunciation of this rather common Russian name. However, Alexander Alekhine personally insisted that his name be pronounced differently from the norm. He demanded to be called Al-YEKH-een, and his wish was generally respected then - and should be respected still.

For anyone still unclear on the pronunciation, check out the audio feature on his player page linked above. :)

Nov-04-14  Marmot PFL: Yates was strong player for his day but totally outclassed here by Alekhine. Today the top players have to work much harder to stay on top.
Nov-04-14  Marmot PFL: A Yates win over Alekhine (one of two).

Alekhine vs Yates, 1923

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  Once: Fabulous game and an excellent kingscrusher video. Enjoyed both very much.
Nov-04-14  Olsonist: I was wondering about Rc8 and KC covers that nicely his video.
Jan-30-15  welhelm1982: During the game the board was shaking and that confuses the black
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  offramp: I have annotated this game on a bit of paper. If you want I'll send it to you.
Aug-08-15  SpiritedReposte: What a perfect closing combo. Almost Capa-like.
Feb-20-16  grinlog: Una partida muy instructiva.
Jun-27-16  thegoodanarchist: No one understood this game until Maroczy published his deep and thorough annotations, reprinted here
Mar-06-17  Khinefirovsen: Hmmmm shredder chess analysis gave me for best move 11...Qa5+,...was really 11...h6 a better one?
Apr-03-20  MordimerChess: Maroczy notes are not so great. We still need to get deeper.

Moves 11...f5 and 13...b5 lost the game because they put the pawns on white squares (black bishop squares), also creating huge black square weaknesses (e5) which were exploited by Alekhine. It was one of "the easiest" gaining control over open file example I have ever seen.

Then bringing last piece into the game was brilliant. Even counterplay 30...Bb5 wouldn't help: 31. Rb6 Rab8 32. Rcb7 Rxb7 33. Rxb7 Bf1 34. g3 Rc8 35. Nd7 Rc2 36. Nf6+ Kg6 37. Ne8 h5 38. Ke5 Rxb2 doesn't work because of check mate 39. Rxg7+ Kh6 40. Kf6 Bb5 41. Nd6 Be8 42. Rg8 Bg6 43. Rh8+ Bh7 44. Nf7#

The analysis of the game:

Very creative game by future World Champion, enjoy!

Jul-12-20  Baahubali: A true chess artist who patiently built up and built a viscious attack with remarkable combinations and understood the tactical nuances perfectly ....his Ke5 in the end was a delight.
Jan-20-21  RobertACH: The annotation is pretty worthless in my opinion. Alekhine's notes are far better(despite de fact that he pats himself with a lot of!! marks) and give a greater view on the game and his way of seeing the game in my opinion. (eg. Why didnt white doubled on the 7th earlier). I mean not everyone would have found the king walk to the kingside to mate.
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  woldsmandriffield: A wonderful example of how to punish unwarranted pawn advances. Pawns cannot move backwards!

The game also illustrates the art of exchanging pieces:

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14 Bxd5! cxd5 15 o-o gained control of the only open file, fixed Black pawns on the same colour as his bad Bishop, and cemented dark squared weaknesses.

Alekhine then played to exchange Knights (the Black Knight had potential outposts on c4 or e4) after which Yates had no counterplay. Rook trades would result in an ending of good Knight versus bad Bishop.

It is notable how the dark squared weakness on e5 haunted Black. First, the Knight occupied this square and then in the finish Alekhine brilliantly exploited the square with a little combination resulting in 38 Ke5 1-0

Dec-07-21  tonsillolith: <morfishine: <greenfield67> Regarding the pronunciation of 'Alekhine' numerous opinions by so called "experts" have been submitted. These include Alek-Hine, Alek-Heen, Alyek-Heen, Alyek-Hine, etc.

I like the following, which sounds like 'Al-air-hin'

In the comments is mentioned a plausible explanation for the confounding "e" at the end of the transliteration Alekhine: he spent time among the French, and for them without the e the pronunciation has a very nasally sound, and with the e is the closest one can get

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  fredthebear: <Nov-04-14 Phony Benoni: "Crazy Eights" was a card game from my youth. I don't know if it's been played in the last half-century.>

Me, too.

How to...

For those who ride Bicycles:

The video clears matters up: Really,

Deal out the cards and take turns, one at a time. It's every man, woman, and child for him/herself. This is a card matching game. Each turn, try to get rid of one of the cards in your hand if it matches (same rank or suit) the face-up card on the discard pile. It's an easy race to discard all your cards before the others do, but only one discard per turn. If you can't discard when it's your turn, you must draw from the deck until you draw a discard (taking on extra cards is undesirable). The Eights are discardable anytime (like a free pass that avoids drawing extras from the deck), and you can pick a new suit. Thus, the Eights are the best cards to have in hand because they are ultra-versatile, automatic discards. When all your cards are discarded (your hand is empty), you win!

It's a good simple game, way easier than beating Alekhine.

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  ajk68: Black didn't seem to have a handle on the idea of bad bishop.
Dec-08-21  Dionysius1: I like how the f6 rook is trapped: 38...Rf8 is mate in 2 for White
Jan-12-22  Albertan: NM Sam Copeland does an excellent job of analyzing this game in a video at:

May-30-23  Mathematicar: Wonderful positional masterpiece by Alekhine! And as Ben Finegold would say: Dewhirst - The Worst.
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