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Alexander Alekhine vs Donald Kirk
"Kirk to Enterprise" (game of the day Mar-27-2006)
Simul, 30b (1924) (exhibition), Hamilton Club, Chicago, IL USA, Feb-05
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit (C28)  ·  0-1



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Mar-27-06  Rookinstein: Fantastic game by Kirk withstanding Alekhine's attacks
Mar-27-06  TigerPawns: not great, this was a TERRIBLE game by both players. 11... Qc5+ was a blunder (Alekhine followed with a blunder of his own as 12 Qd4 is simple and wins). Black should have played e.g. 11...Qxe5 12.Re1 Ne4 13.Bd3 f5.

it was just a simul anyway - must be out of ideas for the game of the day. What an insult to Alekhine.

Mar-27-06  EmperorAtahualpa: This game reeks of alcohol! :)

Nice pun though!

Mar-27-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <What an insult to Alekhine.>

<TigerPawns> Why? Alekhine played it, so he can be accounted for it. And of course, with or without this GOTD, everybody knows Alekhine was a brilliant player.

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  offramp: Is there any chessplayer in this crazy old world of ours that would not give everything they own to play one game like this?
Mar-27-06  weary willy: <Is there any chessplayer in this crazy old world of ours that would not give everything they own to play one game like this?> Yes, me

Come on, it's clear white missed ....Qc5+ (in a drunken stupor?) and then just thrashed a bit until black exchanged down. Black was neat and accurate, but nothing too creative. My firstborn is safe until I play something a bit more imaginative.

Mar-27-06  dakgootje: <TigerPawns> Yes it might be terrible played if you analyse the game, maybe with computer. Though if you just play through the game it seems quite nice.

Candidate for Game Collection: Brilliances By "Unknowns" ?

Mar-27-06  ajile: I'll bet Alekhine was thinking BEAM ME UP SCOTTY!
Mar-27-06  cuendillar: I disagree, how high is the bet?
Mar-27-06  dakgootje: <ajile> Yes...or BEAT ME UP SCOTTY! ;-)
Mar-27-06  TigerPawns: <dakgootje> don't want to sound rude, but it could only seem nice to a VERY weak player.

<MEmperorAtahualpa> it seems like an insult because it's not a good game, and therefore the only thing I can imagine is interesting about it is that Alekhine, one of the all time greatest, played so badly. so it was a simul, so he was drunk, so what? wouldn't we all rather see a *good* game?

...can anyone infer from this who my favourite all time player is?

Mar-27-06  harce sarmiento: Alekhine was so unbeliavable, many people cant understand him, including myself, it was a simul,nothing else.
Mar-27-06  Jim Bartle: "it was a simul,nothing else."

Have the game scores for Spock, Dr. McCoy and Scotty survived?

Mar-27-06  dakgootje: <<dakgootje> don't want to sound rude, but it could only seem nice to a VERY weak player.> AHHH now im hurt! ;-)

Your rude! Nah okay, to be honest, you might have mis-interpreteted my post a little. I wanted to say something like that both of them probably didnt do the right moves all the time, but when skipping through it, it seemed nice as they both fighted for it, instead of that one of them just got blown off the board rather easy. Maybe the word nice was misplaced, more...entertaining...

Mar-27-06  HannibalSchlecter: Part of me is a little suprised at how badly Alekhine played as well and part of me isn't. It's no kept secret that Grandmasters will play considerably worse in a simul situation. I heard it said that a master would be a favorite against a grandmaster giving a simul. Not only was Alekine probably taking only a few seconds to think, he also likely was not taking it as seriously as he normally would a match/tournament game.
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  Eric Schiller: <Hannibal> In a simul, play isn't necessarily "worse", but many, including me, will use a different set of openings, and will play any sacrifice that looks interesting. OF course with so little time per move the quality resembles a blitz game much of the time. But many strong players, especially Koltanowski, produced some of their greatest games in simul situations. (My simul game against Reshevsky is one of my best, but it was Reshevsky of course who was giving the simul.) Reshevsky vs E Schiller, 1972
Mar-27-06  who: <Sniper> I was wondering that too. There are only 5 games where someone plays 4.Nf3 another one of which is Alekhine vs De Klerck, 1933.
Mar-27-06  McCool: Alekhine is down by three points, and then 13. Rxf6? not a very good move I think.
Mar-27-06  deefree: Personally, I rather enjoyed seeing Alekhine get his butt kicked. He could be a real @#$%. Consider the way he treated Capablanca who was a prince among men. Or the claptrap he printed while "hiding out" in Nazi Germany during WWII. Certainly Alekhine was one of the greatest chess players of all time, but he wasn't one of the greatest people by any stretch. 3 cheers for the victor here, Kirk.
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  OhioChessFan: Man, everyone has a bad move to point out. I think following up Rf3 with g4 was a ridiculous waste of time. I suspect Black would have played the Bishop to g4 anyway if White had simply played Rg3+.
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  khense: Fun game to zip through in five minutes. Considering that white was Alekhine, I wouldn't have sold Mr. Kirk any life insurance until about move 22.
Mar-27-06  Knight13: There goes a rook... :)
Mar-28-06  TigerPawns: shameless self promotion from eric schiller. might even lead to the sale of more of his "chess books".
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  GrahamClayton: This game was played during a 40 board exhibition at the Hamilton Club in Chicago on the 5th of February, 1924. Alekhine scored +30, =5, -5.

Source: "Alekhine in Europe and Asia", John Donaldson, Nikolay Minev and Yasser Seirawan, International Chess Enterprises, Seattle, 1992.

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  TheFocus: Skinner and Verhoevev end this game at 24...Re2.
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