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Alexander Alekhine vs Arthur William Dake
Simul, 43b (1929) (exhibition), Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco, CA USA, May-11
Gruenfeld Defense: Opocensky Variation (D94)  ·  1-0



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Jan-05-02  bishop: 12...ba6? Dake is careless and overlooks that White will get his piece back after dxc6 followed by c7.
Dec-22-03  Dick Brain: There was an international tournament in San Francisco in 1929 in which Alekhine played? I'm surprised. And apparently then George Koltanwosky didn't play in it because I don't see it in his recors. I know Alekhine was busy playing match games against Bogoljubov around the world that year from about June to November.
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  wwall: Or 11...Qb6, and if 12.Qxb6, then 12...Nxb6.

Better may be 12...Bb7, and if 13.cxd5, then 13...cxd5.

Instead of 14...Be2, perhaps best is 14...Nc5 15.dxc5 bxc5. Or 14...Ng4 15.cxd7 Qxd7.

Fred Reinfeld wrote (Esquire magazine, March 1953) that Dake flew to San Francisco from Portland just to play Alekhine, then lost his game in 13 seconds. This was from a 43-board simultaneous exhibition at the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco on May 11, 1929. Dake was the first to lose and had the shortest game. Maybe Alekhine spent 13 seconds total on the game as he passed by.

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  Calli: The odd part about Dake's quick loss was that the San Francisco players had little trouble with Alekhine on this day. AA won 27 games but lost 8 and drew 8. Way below his average for simuls.
Jul-12-08  PinnedPiece: <wwall Dake was the first to lose and had the shortest game. Maybe Alekhine spent 13 seconds total on the game as he passed by.> With moves like 14 Be2 I guess Dake helped out a lot on the quick win.

Whatever was he thinking?

Jul-12-08  PinnedPiece: Why not 14 Be4?
Feb-02-10  Caissanist: I recall that Chernev wrote in Wonders and Curiosities of Chess that Dake and Alkehine were both moving furiously, a second a move or less; the implication was that most or all of the game was played in a single turn.
Oct-04-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in San Francisco, California at the Mechanics Institute on May 11, 1929.

Alekhine scored +27=8-8.

See <San Francisco Chronicle>, May 19, 1929.

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