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Alexander Alekhine vs Russian Chess Circle
"Will The Circle Be Unbroken" (game of the day Oct-05-2019)
Blindfold simul, 10b (1931) (blindfold), Paris FRA, May-30
Indian Game: Budapest Defense (A51)  ·  1-0



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  nasmichael: What were the conditions for this game? It is fun to observe. Black lost the thread later in the game...but enjoyable nevertheless.
Oct-17-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous blindfold exhibition in Paris, France at the Salle Helianthe on May 30, 1931.

Alekhine scored +6=4-0.

See <Poslednya Novostii 2 June 1931>.

Oct-05-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Lousy play by both sides around Moves 6-7.
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  OhioChessFan: Terrific pun.
Oct-05-19  goodevans: I don't know what black thought <13...f5?> would achieve but it left a hole on e6 that Alekhine exploited to full effect.

<15...Nc6?> compounded the error, offering white a tempo to consolidate his grip on e6 with <17.d5>. <15...Na6> would have been better in order to be able to play <...Nc5> if white advances the d-pawn. Simple stuff really.

Was it only Alekhine who was playing blindfold or his opponents too? If the latter then I'll temper my criticism of them as I'd have definitely lost the thread even earlier.

Oct-05-19  cunctatorg: Every bunch of amateurs should be pretty anxious (and -unconsciously- ... DOOMED and self-suicidal) playing AAA back in -exactly- 1931; pretty anxious chessplayers and some-such tend to be out of their minds, either being too passive and too hesitant or being overconfident (!...) and ultra-optimistic, thus negating the sense of danger...

Just imagine that we were them!!...

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  beenthere240: Note the Alekhine QRR lineup formation on the e file.

And I'll wager that only white was blindfolded. Otherwise playing en masse is a disadvantage.

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