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Alexander Alekhine vs Mendelevic
Simul, 23b (1930), Liege BEL, Aug-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1-0



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Feb-12-04  niom: my god, so many sacrifices in one game! what a genius!
Feb-12-04  WMD: Skinner & Verhoeven give the opponent as Mendlewitsch, the occasion, a 35 board simultaneous display and the location as Liege, which, I believe, is in Belgium.
Feb-12-04  TrueFiendish: 35 boards at once! Man! Alex wasn't drunk that day...
Dec-07-04  Camus: 27. ... Qe8 (to protect f7) 28. Bxh7 Kf8 29.Rg3 and black cannot avoid mate on the next move. In the played line this wouldn't have worked because the could have escaped on e8 allowing the bishop to cut the rook check.
Aug-31-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Yes, Liège is in Belgium, quite close to my place of birth (Maastricht).
Aug-31-05  EmperorAtahualpa: And by the way.....this game is astonishing!!!
Apr-13-06  MorphyMatt: Nice!
Apr-13-06  suenteus po 147: This is almost a "kitchen sink" game considering how much Alekhine threw at his opponent.
Jun-05-07  zev22407: How would white win after 26)..e6xd5?
If 27)e4xd5 Bxd5 ,I can find only a draw.
Mar-19-08  Samagonka: How could an experienced player of this level play 19 Nd7 instead of Ng4??? He deserved the punishment!
Mar-20-09  WhiteRook48: tremendous sacrificial game
Sep-28-09  WhiteRook48: he was down two rooks in the final position... wins!
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  Phony Benoni: There is some question about the circumstances of this game.

It seems to be established that it was played in Liege, Belgium on August 18, 1930, as part of the opening ceremonies for Liege (1930). However, ACB has no other details about the simul.

The <Cincinnati Enquire>, August 17, 1930, states:

<"The tournament will officially open at 9 a. m. August 18, when the matching of players will be arranged by drawing lots. In the afternoon of the same day world's champion Dr. Alexander Alkhine will give an exhibition of simultaneous play against approximately 35 boards.">

The 35-boards jibes with the information from Skinner & Verhoeven mentioned by <WMD> above. However, and Associated Press report, published in the <Boston Globe> on August 19, 1930, has some different information: " <"ALEKHINE WINS 21 OF 23 IN SIMULTANEOUS CHESS

"LIEGE Belgium, Aug 18

"Dr. Alexander Alekhine of Paris, chess champion of the world, played against 23 volunteer players simultaneously today in the formal opening of the international chess congress. After three hours and a half, the champion wound up with 21 wins and two losses.

"The master's tournament will begin tomorrow afternoon and last until August 30.">

All this seems pretty clear, so why did we have the game sa s being played in Ljubljana? I suspect that someone, seeing Black's name, figured the game was probably played in Yugoslavia. And, in fact, Alekhine did play a 35-board simul (that number again!) in Ljubljana in 1930 (see, for instance, Alekhine vs M Vidmar Jr, 1930). However, that simul was on December 11, long after this game had been published.

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