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Alexander Alekhine vs Isaac Kashdan
Bled (1931), Bled YUG, rd 10, Sep-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-28-04  WMD: The closest that Alekhine's party at Bled came to being crashed. Kashdan's 70...Qf6+ squandered the fruits of his play, whereas Euwe showed a clear win for Black with the following main line: 70...Qd5+ 71.Ke3 f6! 72.Qc8 Kg5 73.Qh8 Kxg4.
Jan-07-05  Calli: AA's 65.Qc5+?? is blunder that should have lost. He has a perpetual check with 65.Qe5.

True, Kash missed the win. He played a number of draws with AA with only one loss at Pasedena. (The other loss in the CG Database is actually a simul consultation game with H. Steiner).

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  Phony Benoni: Fred Reinfeld, in his book <Practical End-Game Play>, quotes Kashdan on 70...Qf6+:

<A complete miscalculation, which at once throws away the fruits of very considerable labor. After three sessions, something like twelve hours all told, I had for the first time in my career obtained a clearly winning position against the World Champion. ANd then to err on a simple matter of counting which every beginner is taught!>

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  Phony Benoni: Kashdan published this game in "Chess Review" for April, 1933, with some differences in the score.

1) 49.Qb7 rather than <49.Qa7>, which seems to make no difference.

2) No repetition at moves 61-62, which makes Kashdan's score two moves shorter.

3) Most importantly, Kashdan gives 54...Qc7 instead of <54...Ke7>. That means Black's king remains on d6, eliminating the perpetual check beginning with 65.Qe5+.

I've checked a few contemporary US sources: "American Chess Bulletin", Sept/Oct 1931, p. 145; "New York Evening Post", October 3, 1931; "New York Sun", September 25, 1931.

All three agree that the repetition did occur, but also agree in giving Kashdan's <49.Qb7> and <54...Qc7>.

This isn't conclusive since all three probably used the same source, but the question deserves fuller investigation.

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  Pawn and Two: <Phony Benoni> In the tournament book, "Bled 1931 International Chess Tournament" by Hans Kmoch, Caissa Edition, translated from the original 1934 Russian edition by Jimmy Adams, we find the following information regarding your questions for this game:

The number of moves was 74, the final move was 74.Kh4.

At move 49, White played 49.Qb7.

At move 54, Black played 54...Qc7.

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  Phony Benoni: <Pawn and Two> Thank you for the independent verification. That should be enough to send in a correction.

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