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Alexander Alekhine vs Heinrich Maurer
Simul, 40b (1930) (exhibition), Vienna AUT, Oct-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  1-0



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  Benzol: 23.h3 Was a nice touch.
Nov-25-05  Cogano: Agreed! It was the move of a genius. I have trouble visualizing the board after a mere move or two (especially since I'm not experienced enough to at least make an educated guess of my opponent's most logical move/ reply!). I can't even begin to imagine how he visualized what it would look like after an amazing 6 moves! That is truly amazing. I know others will disagree but I really think that Dr. Carl Hartlaub is at least close to Alekhine's level of genius. I haven't seen that many players whose attack is so thorough, calculated & intelligent, that even the act of defending against it still works into the plan of attack. That is to say, that if Hartlaub were attacking a knight for example, and Black ignored the attack, he would be checkmated. Whereas if he defended, while that might block the original line of attack, he would expose himself to another line of attack that also leads to mate. It's the idea that he can keep only 1 door closed at a time! Two good examples are his game against Testa in 1912 Danish gambit. The other one, I'm not sure if it's in this sys-tem, is against Beharry, played in Bavaria in 1911. Charousek is pretty brillian too. It's a pity that both he & Morphy died so young. Imagine what chess would've been like had they survived to add more to chess theory!
Nov-25-05  misguidedaggression: <I can't even begin to imagine how he visualized what it would look like after an amazing 6 moves! That is truly amazing.> You're kidding, right? This looks like it was from one of his average drunken 40 game blindfold simuls. Oh and Dr. Carl Who?
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  Benzol: <Cogano> You can find the Beharry game here Hartlaub vs Beharry, 1911
Nov-25-05  lopium: 27.Rxd7 was an error?? It seems black saved his rook for a bishop, (I'm really sorry, I can't find my word, I'm too old I guess. The time too should influence me : 0:33). Hmm. Well, black saved his rook but could have lost it, and only save his bishop, but here he lost a bishop for saving his rook. Ahahahz!!
Dec-25-05  Cogano: <misguidedaggression> No I'm not kidding. I've had little to no playing experience. So forget about visualizing a board after any number of moves. My priority now is to get playing experience period. & it's Dr. Carl Hartlaub, a German master or grand- master. Thanks for the comments, though they were critical. Season's Greetings and Happy New Year.
Dec-26-05  syracrophy: A brilliant masterpiece! After 34...Kf5 35.Nd2+ Kg5 36.Nf3++ A pure Alekhine-style mating combination!!!
Aug-07-09  The Rocket: this game is soooo nice
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  GrahamClayton: If Black declines the Queen sacrifice with either 25...♕xe8 or 25...♗xe8, what does Alekhine then play? 26.♕b3 doubling rook and queen on the b-file seems the most logical move.
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  Stonehenge: According to, black's 23rd and 24th move were reversed.
Oct-04-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Vienna, Austria on October 4, 1930.

Alekhine scored +30=4-6.

See <L'Echiquier 1940>, pg. 74-74.

Oct-04-15  TheFocus: Date should be <L'Echiquier 1930>, pg. 1042.

Stupid texting on a phone. One day I must buy a real computer.

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  sachistu: Regarding the kibitz from <Stonehenge>... the Dutch newspaper Het Volk has two variances in the score. In addition to Black's 23rd and 24th moves, Black's 8th and 9th moves were reversed. Those two variances are given in the score from Magyar Sakkvilag, 1931, Issue #3,p.74-75. The book Alekhine in Europe and Asia gives the score as given here. Donaldson et al. do not give a source for the game.

It's not clear which version is correct. However, in the version given here e.g. 23...Ne8, White has the possibility of 24.Ne5!?. That option does not seem to work in the version given by Het Volk and Magyar Sakkvilag due to 24...Bd6 when the sacrifice on f7 does not appear to be quite sound.

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  MissScarlett: Skinner & Verhoeven give two sources - <1. L'Echiquier 1930, p1042; 2. Magyar Sakkvildg 1930, p74-5.> So <L'Echiquier> must be the source for the current version.
May-14-22  Chessist: Reichspost, 12.10.1930:

Dr. Heinrich Maurer, member of Deutscher Schachverein

May-14-22  Amarande: A fun fact: In German style trick taking card games (such as Skat and Sheepshead), the term "Maurer" refers to an ultra-cautious player, the kind who won't take any risk that isn't a sure thing, and is normally as a result an unfun bore to play against.

This "Maurer" proved to be quite the opposite, meanwhile ...

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