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Leifchild Stratten Leif-Jones vs Alexander Alekhine
Simul, 12b (1923) (exhibition), London ENG, Oct-??
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen Variation (B04)  ·  1-0



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Apr-15-03  BLD9802: Comforting to see how even the greats can have an off day. :)
Apr-15-03  bishop: This is the only game by this fellow Jones in the database, so the game was either from a simul or it never happened.
Apr-16-03  refutor: Leif Jones LS isn't the person's name..."LS" stands for Lower School if i'm not mistaken...he did some simuls vs. teams from schools where the players would vote on the moves...i believe this is one case
Jan-04-04  Whitehat1963: Alekhine loses an Alekhine in 28 moves against a nobody! Could have been a simul.
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  Benzol: This game is from a simultaneous display in London, October 1923.

" Just before leaving for Holland, Alekhine played in a rather unusual simultaneuos display at the residence of F W Hirst in London. The display was played on twelve boards against five opponents who played on multiple boards. The Rt. Hon. Leif Jones, a prominent member of the House of Commons Chess Club, played on two boards and won one of them ( this game - Ed ). Sir John Simon obtained a draw, and Alekhine won on the other ten boards ". - From Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games, 1902 - 1946 by Skinner & Verhoeven.

Jan-04-04  Whitehat1963: Speaking of simultaneous exhibitions, what are the most impressive simultaneous exhibitions anyone has ever heard of? What about blind simuls? I remember reading somewhere that Capablanca once played against 200, and that Alekhine played against 300 (I could be wrong). I also remember reading in the Guiness Book of World Records many years ago about a guy -- don't remember who -- who played like 56 people blind and won 50 and drew six, losing zero. Incredible. Wish I knew who that was. Anyone know any better records than that?
Jan-05-04  Calli: "L S" is probaby a title. Maybe "Lord Speaker"? although that sounds like he would be in the House of Lords. Any Brits out there?
Jan-05-04  square dance: <whitehat1963>it might have been george koltanowski, i believe he was supposed to be the best blindfold player.
Nov-09-04  weary willy: Refutor wrote: <Leif Jones LS isn't the person's name..."LS" stands for Lower School if i'm not mistaken...he did some simuls vs. teams from schools where the players would vote on the moves...i believe this is one case>

'fraid not ... another creative British name: "Leifchild Stratten Leif-Jones - created Baron Rhayader 25 Jan 1932 MP for Westmorland North 1905-1910, Rushcliffe 1910-1918 and Camborne 1923- 1924 and 1929-1931. PC 1917. Peerage extinct on his death". So, it probably is from a simul - possibly against the British Parliament (upper and lower houses) ... but not in consultation! "LS" isn't a common abbreviation

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  offramp: He played extremely well!
Nov-09-04  Calli: <weary willy> Excellent research. Thanks!

Name is almost as bad as CHO'D Alexander :-)

Nov-09-04  WMD: By playing 1...Nf6, did Alekhine hope to take Leif out of his book?
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  tpstar: Perhaps he was just trying to keep up with the Joneses. And by busting out 1 ... Nf6, AAA turned over a new Leif in opening theory.
Jun-08-06  wind: hello
Jun-08-06  borisbadenoff: <wind: hello> Hello too.
Oct-17-06  thesonicvision: what are you people talking about?
white's play is far from extraordinary.
black simply blundered with
alekhine dropped a piece in a simul
and people are analyzing this?
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  beatgiant: <thesonicvision>
<black simply blundered with 14..Ne4?> But Black's position looked difficult already.

If 14...Ng4 15. Qd1 Nh6 drives his knight out of play and leaves it exposed to possible Bxh6 breaking the kingside later.

Or if 14...Ne8, White can gain control of the d-file while Black's king's rook is out of play: 14...Ne8 15. Be3 Qc7 16. R1d1, so if 16...Qxe5 17. Rd7 Bd6 18. g3, and Black's position looks very precarious.

Could someone who knows this opening line comment?

Feb-22-08  kaligula: i'm agree with thesonicvision becouse this is just a great blunder by 14. .. Ne4 ?? nothing extraordinary
Apr-01-08  Knight13: Apart from the blunder the move 6...Nf6 is good, as many people would've played 6...Nb6 automatically.
Jul-10-08  whiteshark: Beating Alekhine? You better run for your Leif, Jones!
Sep-21-08  I Offer You A Resign: I just realized.

If 27. ... fxg6
28. Bf6!!

and if 28. ... Qxd2
29. Qxg7#

if 28. ... Bxf6
29. exf6, with mate next move, unless black sacrifices either his rook or his queen.

Aug-19-16  The Chess Express: This is an interesting way to play against the most dangerous line of the Alehkine. After

1. e4 Nf6
2. e5 Nd5
3. d4 d6
4. Nf3 dxe5
5. Nxe5 Bf5
6. c4 Nf6
7. Nc3 Nbd7
8. Bf4 e6


9. Be2 <Nxe5>
10. Bxe5 c6
11. O-O Bd6
12. f4 h6

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9. Be2 <dxe5>
10. dxe5 Ne4
11. Qa4+ c6
12. Rd1 Qc7
13. Nxe4 Bxe4
14. O-O a5

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look okay for black. Unfortunately after:

1. e4 Nf6
2. e5 Nd5
3. d4 d6
4. Nf3 dxe5
5. Nxe5 Bf5
6. c4 Nf6
7. Nc3 Nbd7

white can play


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and win a ♙. If black tries:

7. Nc3 <e6>

to defend the ♗

8. g4

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looks like it causes black problems. Is there an answer to this?

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