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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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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
Apr-22-18  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.

Apr-22-18  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.
Feb-04-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: There is part of the first Cavett interview at:

and what seems to be the whole of the second interview at:

Presumably, the discussion about Yates and Alekhine took place in the first interview.

I am curious to know why Cavett mentioned Yates' wins over Alekhine.

Apr-11-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I just saw this variation:

44 ... Bg1+

45 Kg3 Qf4+

46 Kg2 Qh2+

47 Kf3 Qxc2

48 Qe5+ with perpetual check

Apr-12-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I just realised that

44 Kg3

would have been met by

44 ,,, Qd1

as on move 46 in the game.

May-07-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: <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 got Vera Menchik's nationality wrong in two interviews with Dick Cavett, stating that she was Hungarian:



May-07-21  Granny O Doul: They're all Hungarians to me.
Dec-10-21  The Kings Domain: Gotta admire Yates' dogged persistence in gaining the win.
Feb-19-22  Ron: In my search for the longest chess combination, I remembered this game.

Black's combination starts with 33. .. RxN!!! and White resigned on move 50.

May-31-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I think Yates was intending to sacrifice on g4 a while before he actually did so and also that he was playing for a draw by perpetual check, which was on offer, but became intrigued by the possibility that he might win.

Like other commentators, I'm astonished by his ability to find exactly the right plan, alternately forcing the white king and rook apart and then together, so as to maximise his chances on the dark squares.

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