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Alexander Alekhine vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
"The Yates Motel" (game of the day Jan-28-2016)
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 7, May-06
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Karlsbad Variation (E62)  ·  0-1



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Sep-20-06  Tomlinsky: This is a fabulous win by Yates over Alekhine. The whole kinghunt is conducted in a 3x3 block of squares and his kings pawn never even moves.

When he had his good days Yates played some delightful chess. Alekhine didn't want him to play in the New York 1924 Tounament as Yates had beaten him in the two previous clashes.

Feb-16-07  Marmot PFL: "Although Fischer’s contemporaries credit him with what Soviet rival Mark Taimanov once conceded to be a “truly encyclopaedic erudition” of the game, they are talking about knowledge of opening theory and endgame analysis. Fischer biographer Frank Brady claims that there were relatively few works of history in Bobby’s library. This writer once saw Fischer interviewed on television by Dick Cavett, who stated quite correctly that F. D. Yates had twice defeated Alexander Alekhine. Bobby called Yates a weak player and said that no such thing had ever happened. Astonishing! Here, then, is Yates’ celebrated 1st Brilliancy Prize win over Alekhine - a game featuring an extravagant and famous combination of which Bobby was evidently unaware. Some sources mistakenly give two more moves, 51. Kg3 Qf2+ 52. Kh3 Qh2, mate." (Larry Parr, Chess Beat)

May-23-08  ToTheDeath: One of the most accurate attacking masterpieces ever played.

46... Qd1!!- The *ONLY* move that wins!!

May-23-08  FHBradley: This is one of Yates' three greatest games, the other two are Bogolyubov vs. Yates, Baden-Baden 1925: Bogoljubov vs Yates, 1925 and Vidmar vs. Yates, San Remo 1930: Vidmar vs Yates, 1930. It's astonishing how a player whom people often regard as "mediocre" can play games like these.
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  whiteshark: Alekhine wasted an opportunity that <28.Qg4!=> would have offered him.

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May-24-08  ToTheDeath: Good eye <whiteshark>, that does look like an improvement. However after 28..Qd2 29.e5 I would seriously consider the exchange sacrifice 29...Rxd5 with good compensation.
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  whiteshark: <ToTheDeath:... with good compensation> Yes, it's really an interesting position after <28.Qg4 Qd2 29.e5 Rxd5 30.Nxd5 Qxd5>:

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White will lose a second pawn, his king's position isn't very safe and bsq♗ is dangerous and the remaining pawn are weak.

Jun-29-08  Amarande: White's best move in the trap would be 47 Qf7, but even here Black still retains an extra piece and an easy win:

47 Qf7 Qd3+! (and NOT, here or on the next move, Qxc2?? as Qf8 would be mate! In no winning position should this ever be forgotten about - a drastic example from 'real life': G Garcia vs Ivkov, 1965) 48 Qf3 (if the King moves, Qxc2 is now check) Be5+ 49 Kg2 (else the Queen is lost) Qxc2+ and after 50 Kf1 Qxb2 or 50 Qf2 Qxf2+ Black wins quite easily with the extra piece.

Jan-15-09  WhiteRook48: argh. Alekhine loss. What was he drinking now?
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  Phony Benoni: Probably a more apropos question is: What was Yates drinking? And where can I get some?
Nov-27-09  spotkicker: We have known Alekhine with his sacrifices and combinations. However, here is a counter attack against to him. Alekhine was greater generally, but Yates is great in this game. 33...Rg4!! and rest of Black's moves are brilliant.
Mar-27-11  sevenseaman: Yatey, matey, what a scintillating attack! You must have had a couple of knives in your pocket as well!
Jan-26-12  screwdriver: I'm an Alekhine fan, but this Yates really played a nice game here. Gotta give props, looks like he has a great future.
Dec-20-12  Tigranny: It's amazing how even a player likes Yates can crush Alekhine like this.
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  kingscrusher: Yates won the British Chess Championship many times: 1913, 1914, 1921, 1926, 1928 and 1931.
Nov-11-13  RookFile: Alekhine was unrecognizable in this game. Not sure that he even made a serious threat at any point in the game.
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  SteinitzLives: One of the earliest KID's by a well known player, following lots of modern principles. Alekhine could have played f4 a couple of times which would have helped him, or sought a Q trade to go into a less than = endgame, but noooooo, little Alex (who had few if any droogs) had to stick his queen way out of play.

Give Yates credit though, the ending combination, and his handling of the early KID when little knowledge was out there about it, were superb!

Jan-28-16  TheTamale: Granted, I'm not the most astute chess analyst, but Alekhine is not recognizable in this game. He plays the first half of the game nonchalantly, as if it's inconceivable a player of Yates' strength could possibly beat him. Then he just gets BEEFED.
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  perfidious: <Tomlinsky....When he had his good days Yates played some delightful chess....>

Indeed he did.

<....Alekhine didn't want him to play in the New York 1924 Tounament as Yates had beaten him in the two previous clashes.>

It should be noted that Alekhine fared rather well after this meeting, scoring +7 =1 over the remainder of their games and clearly better than other top players did in Tarrasch vs Yates, 1910 and Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1911, after objecting to their opponents' inclusion in the respective events.

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  kevin86: Black's queen, black's bishop, and white's king have a neat dance at the end.
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  Phony Benoni: This seems to happen when Old Classics get selected as GOTDs. Everybody has had their say already, so there are few new substantive comments.

Sort of a shame. This has always been one of my favorites, especially the final combination where White's king keeps reeling like a guest caught in one of the horror film hotels where new dangers lurk in every room.

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  fiercebadger: great combo , yates had a draw in hand , but 42..g5! is the nail in coffin
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  Ron: I first came across this game in Tarrasch's _The Game of Chess_, where he annotated it.

Yates played a hypermodern defense, which was heresy to Tarrasch, but that did not prevent Tarrasch justly praising Yates' play in this game.

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  WorstPlayerEver: 11. Bd2 seems the right plan here.
Apr-14-19  sudoplatov: 46...Qg1+ also wins; of course, after 47.Kh3 Qd1 follows with the same plan.
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