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Alexander Alekhine vs Alan Linnell Fletcher
"Gone with the Windmill" (game of the day Jun-30-2009)
Simul, 6b (1928) (exhibition), Gambit Chess Rooms, London ENG, Jun-08
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0

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Dec-25-13  Nick46: English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation - Don Quixote Endgame
Dec-25-13  WJW147: Alexander Alekhine is the sole reason I fell in love with chess. He may well be the most exciting player in the last 100 years. He took chances and now we mere mortals rest on the shoulders of giants like him. If Alekhine gifts you his queen you are on the well on the way to coming 2nd. His proficiency with the use of pawns is unique and paved the way for many of today's strategies and tactics. Only the other giants of his era, like Lasker and Capablanca, could keep him in check.(NPI)
Dec-25-13  Cheapo by the Dozen: Oh, the puzzle on the home page is fubarred. No wonder I'm even more stumped than usual ...
Dec-25-13
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  OhioChessFan: <Jun-30-09 MostlyAverageJoe: This could be a puzzle position: white to move (26.?): Evaluates on easy Thursday level, but feels easier than that.

Jul-01-09 OhioChessFan: I guess a lot of Alekhine's combinations stun me, but this one is pretty obvious. It's a lot of moves, but 26. Qxe4 should rate out at maybe a Wednesday or Thursday POTD. >

I have zero memory of that post. I wonder if <MAJ> remembers his.

Dec-25-13  King Sacrificer: Great pun for a great game. What an artistic way to finish off the opponent and make people fall in love with chess.
Dec-25-13  lost in space: Got that one easily and quickly.

Just had to see first, that 26. Bxe4 is not possible due to 26...Bxd3.

Dec-25-13
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  Penguincw: If this were black to play, what would black play? 1...Nf6 could prevent mate.
Dec-25-13
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  paulalbert: As pointed out, the position shown on search page doesn't yet show 25 Ba6, so I was working from wrong position. From that position Bxe4 seemed to be OK.
Dec-25-13  zb2cr: I remember having seen this one when it was GOTD. So, no credit for me, it was just memory.
Dec-25-13
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  chessgames.com: Sorry about the previous mistake on the homepage. As you know by now, it should be 26.? and not 25...? For those who had to suffer with the "Black to Play" version of today's puzzle, it's still valid if you consider it a spoiler: the tempting ...Ba6? appears at first to win at least the exchange by skewering the queen, but actually loses due to Qxe4!!

And Merry Christmas to all.

Dec-25-13
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  OhioChessFan: I only pointed out a couple extra ...'s and got deleted for it?
Dec-25-13  Patriot: Material is even. White threatens 27.Nxf5 with complications.

This seems pretty difficult. 26...Ba6 is easy to see but it gets a little complex.

26...Ba6 27.Qb1 Bxf1 28.Nxf5 Bxg2 29.Kxg2 b3 (seems slow) 30.Qxe4 Rb4 31.Qb1 bxa2 32.Qc2 - This is a bit murky.

26...c4 27.Qb1 Qxd5 28.Nxf5 Rxf5 29.Bxe4 Qxe6 looks better for white.

Dec-25-13  Patriot: Ouch--even after the <CG> mistake, I managed to miss the direct Qxe4!
Dec-25-13  Amadori: <We briefly presented this as Black to Play; it should be corrected now. Our apologies; sorry for any inconvenience.>

Ha ha. Ho ho. An evening of pulling my hair out is inconvenient, yes.

Dec-25-13  Amadori: <Ba6? appears at first to win at least the exchange by skewering the queen,but actually loses due to Qxe4!!>

The puzzle implies that there is a win by the side indicated. tut tut

Dec-25-13  gars: I solved it. That's Christmas!!
Dec-25-13  mel gibson: Black can't take the Queen or it's a fast forced mate.

I checked on my computer.
Black still loses in the end even
if he doesn't take the Queen.

Still - it's a great game.
I love those Queen sacrifices.

Dec-25-13  Mendrys: In case there is any confusion the puzzle position should be:


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and not the one shown at the time of this post. In the position shown and not the one above


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26. Nxf5 Rxf5 27. Bxe4 would be best.

In the actual game 26...fxe4 is a helpmate, not that I saw the mate mind you. Houdini thinks 26. Qxe4 b4-b3 27. a2xb3 Bxf1 28. Rxf1 Ne7 is best netting white 2 pieces for his rook.

Dec-25-13  RandomVisitor: 23...Bb7 24.gxf5 gxf5 might be best play and might equalize
Dec-25-13  BOSTER: This is an elegant Nimzo's windmill.


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White to play and win.

Dec-25-13  ajile: Silly opening by Black. Black ends up with a Benoni but a move down since he plays 3..Nc6? and 4..Nb8?

It's hard enough to play the Benoni as Black AND play against Alekhine AND be a move down on the normal line.

Dec-25-13  WoodPushkin: Greetings & Happy Holy Days -

26. QxNe4 is easy to see as B + N guaranty the draw hence the windmill.

29. NxRf8+ is also easy as it fits into the theme of endless check.

However 31.Ne5 requires chess 'vision' especially if one is in time trouble. A nine ply move set ending in a smother is difficult to see in one's head.

Overall an excellent puzzle.

JAH Love

Dec-25-13  Gouvaneur: @Boster:

1.Bh7+ Kh8 2.Bc2+ Kg8 3.Tg2+ Bxg2 4.Bh7+ Kh8 5.Bg6+ Kg8 6.Qh7+ Kf8 7.Qxf7# seems to do the job :).

Dec-25-13  YouRang: <BOSTER> Nice concept: Use the windmill to set up an interference. It's not hard to see how it ends, but a little tricky to see how to get to the ending. :-)
Dec-25-13
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  perfidious: <ajile>: Those were the early days of this type of opening, and it is very easy for us to be wise, so long after the fact.
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