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Alexander Alekhine vs Ernst Gruenfeld
"The Importance of Being Ernst" (game of the day Mar-30-2011)
Vienna (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 5, Nov-18
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  0-1



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  thegoodanarchist: Walter Browne once smashed his opponent's chess clock after losing.

Unlike some of the tall tales printed on this page, my story is true.

Dec-09-06  Plato: <thegoodanarchist> Are you implying that my story is false?!
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  thegoodanarchist: <Plato> I named no names - the guilty know who they are :)
Dec-21-06  blazerdoodle: I think this thread is - ah, quite toast.
Dec-20-08  WhiteRook48: Nimzowitsch once resigned saying "WHY MUST I LOSE TO THIS IDIOT?" At the end of this game Alekhine threw the King across the room. Oh, and the Danish Guy did (What the!?) cut the heads off all the Queens.
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  HeMateMe: READ THIS PAGE! The comments are hilarious. Also, quite a nice game by Mr. G. I don't think I've ever seen an Alekhine game where he gets swindled in a tactical motif.

If Ernest Gruenfeld had a crossover dribble, and Ernie Gruenfeld could mate in three, would they be billed as "the gregarious Gruenfeld guys?"

Nov-06-10  Monoceros: Someone should make up (and make stick) the ultimate story of an Alekine loss. Throw everything in there. Alekhine staggers in late to a game with Max Euwe, cradling his Siamese cat in one arm and a bottle of brandy in the other. His cat paws at the board during the game and the arbiter finally ejects her after she pees on Euwe's suit. Finally Alekhine loses after blundering his Queen, hurls all the pieces at Euwe, at the arbiter and everyone else in the hall, in big fistfuls, then goes to his hotel room and smashes up every stick of furniture. Disconsolate after his loss he straightaway dumps his wife and marries her aunt. I'm sure I've forgotten some of the details.
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  perfidious: <Monoceros> Alekhine then tries to leave the country, forgets his passport, and when asked for it, proclaims, 'I am Alekhine, chess champion of the world. I have a cat called Chess. I do not need papers'.
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  Phony Benoni: "I am Alexander Alekhine, millionaire. I have a mansion and a yacht."
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  Phony Benoni: Who cares about this game? Just read the kibitzes. Although there's one that doesn't make sense:

<capanegra: Here is the story writen by Hans Kmoch and Fred Reinfeld:

"Alekhine hit on still another way of resigning during the Vienna tournament of 1922. Gruenfeld had played what was then his new defense. Alekhine had tried to refute it and had failed. The game was adjourned. Alekhine naturally realized that he was lost but was still curious to know whether his opponent might have sealed a mistake. So, when play was resumed after dinner, he appeared in the tournament room. Wearing his hat and overcoat, he went to his table which happened to be located near the entrance. When he saw that Gruenfeld had sealed 54…f3 (the strongest move), Alekhine resigned –by taking his King and throwing it across the room.">

If this is true, the king must have bounced back and landed on h2, since the score records one more move.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I had to look up the origin of <Phony Benoni's> 6 Nov 2010 pun on Google ("Hare Brush"), and it is truly one of the all-time great CG lines. However, we mustn't forget that when Alekhine tried to leave the country, he was accosted by the bridge keeper who said that he "must answer questions three, lest the other side he see. What is your name?" "Alexander Alekhine."
"What is your quest?"
"I seek another bottle of brandy."
"What--is your favorite opening?"
To be continued...
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  HeMateMe: "Going Gruen"
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  HeMateMe: It was said AAA had to be beaten three times, in the beginning, middle game and ending, to lose one game.

I guess this shows it. Even down the exchange, he made it tough for Gruenfeld.

Mar-30-11  backyard pawn: Thank you to all the posters for their illuminating contributions to this game. I can hardly wait for Friday's posts.
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  AylerKupp: Yes, posters, thanks. For a while I thought that I had stumbled into the kibitzing in one of LMAJ's games by mistake. But I once did have an opponent pick up his king and throw it across the board after I checkmated him. Honest!
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  kevin86: Alekhine was holding on-down a rook and two pawns for a bishop. In the end,the bishop goes and any facade of a chance goes away.
Mar-30-11  Jack Kerouac: Alright. I'll join the fun-- Noting his position was lost, Alexander rose up and curtly stated,"I have a club named after me so if you will excuse me, I must attend my AA meeting."
Mar-30-11  Chessmensch: A nice Gruen.
Mar-30-11  Gersch: This was the first game to have played the Gruenfeld defense, to this day this is the opening I have the most trouble against.
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  Penguincw: < ♖♘ sac: 28...Bf8 >

How is this an exchange sac? Black wins the exchange.White loses the exchange.

Mar-30-11  capanegra: 22.Ra4 looks very bad. The Rook con c4 is not very useful, but in a4 was even useless. I would have tried to consolidate the predominance of the open file with 22.Rc1. White seems to have a better position then.
Mar-30-11  Llawdogg: LOL Kibitzing gone wild.
Mar-30-11  castilho: Isn't it amazing to read such inspiring histories about those well-educated, fine, sophisticated players of the past? It just brings the very best in all of us, doesn't it?
Mar-30-11  theodor: <<AylerKupp>: Yes, posters, thanks. For a while I thought that I had stumbled into the kibitzing in one of LMAJ's games by mistake. But I once did have an opponent pick up his king and throw it across the board after I checkmated him. Honest!> I new you were an omnipotent!
Mar-30-11  WhiteRook48: i think 26 Bxe7 Rxd5 27 Nf1 should stop some of the pressure
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