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Alexander Alekhine vs Journal l'Action Francaise
Blindfold simul, 28b (1925) (blindfold), Paris FRA, Feb-01
Queen Pawn Game: Torre Attack (D03)  ·  1-0



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Apr-27-03  novacane: Is the rook sacrifice a blunder or was it intentional(to get the pawn to 6th rank)?
Apr-28-03  bishop: The sacrifice was absolutely intentional, world champions do not overlook a Rook being attacked by a Bishop. It seems to me that Black could have gotten in the moves ...f6 and ...e5 blocking the Bishop's protection of the d-Pawn. Alekhine would not play like this in a tournament game, but against a simul player there is very little risk.
Oct-02-03  John Doe: Under torunament conditions a world champion won't overlook a Rook being attacked by a Bishop, but in a sim two move deep threat maybe.

But probably not.

Oct-03-03  drukenknight: First of all this player is pretty good to be up the exchange vs Alekhine.

Second. One thing you notice about Alekine games, he almost never misses a tricky pawn move, his pawn play is the best I have seen.

I think Alek. finally figured out his opponent in the latter stages of the game. Although black is pretty good tactically he has some odd ideas about pawns, he allowed the pawn to become passed on the b file for no reason I can see.

ALek. must have noted how odd that was and got an idea a few moves later.

Feb-01-05  schnarre: The aggressive King was a nice touch in this game. Too often the King isn't employed with such ferocity.
Feb-02-05  Leviathan: <Too often the King isn't employed with such ferocity> I wonder why this happens so often ;) (maybe our chess is too conservative?)
Feb-03-05  schnarre: <Leviathan> Perhaps, though Steinitz frequently sortied his King--with his Gambit the White king can often cross the board. The King within one square can be as powerful as a Queen, & unlike the Queen the King can't move to a square where it can be pounced on. The attacking King: something to ponder!
Feb-04-05  Leviathan: <The King within one square can be as powerful as a Queen> The king is indeed the most powerful piece on the board in some endgames where most (if not all) the major pieces are exchanged.

King attacks during the middlegame are usually much too reckless, but sometimes kings join the raging battle anyway - and the result are spectacular fireworks:

Teichmann vs Consultants, 1902
Short vs Timman, 1991

Feb-04-05  schnarre: <Leviathan> No kidding about fireworks in these games!
Jun-10-15  TheFocus: From the blindfold simultaneous exhibition in Paris, France on February 1, 1925 at the Petit Parisien.

Alekhine scored +22-=3-3 to set a new blindfold record.

The opponent here was a team from Journal l'Action Francaise.

See <La Strategie> 1925, pg. 30.

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