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Hermanis Karlovich Mattison vs Alexander Alekhine
Prague Olympiad (1931), Prague CSR, rd 16, Jul-23
Three Knights Opening: General (C46)  ·  1-0



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Apr-22-05  WMD: 37...Re6 was the fatal time pressure blunder by Alekhine. 37...Ra7 or ...Re1 should draw.
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  Gypsy: If 39...f5+, then 40.Kd4 Kd6 41.a4! and, for a want of a good move, Black position collapses. Zugzwang.
Sep-13-11  ToTheDeath: Beating Alekhine in his prime must have felt pretty darn good.
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  perfidious: <To The Death> The more so as in the period 1929-34, he was utterly dominating, losing no more than a game or two a year in tournament play.
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  whiteshark: Alekhine's first loss in a tournament game after winning the WC-title in 1927.
Dec-28-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Matisson won to Alekhine, Rubinstein and Vidmar in Ol,Prague,1931 !!
Oct-04-18  deSitter: The Alekhine of 1930-33 was the greatest player in history. Not only was he utterly dominant, his games have an artistic quality that can never be matched. This was his only loss in a serious event for years. It's a shame a rematch with Capablanca did not take place during this era.
Oct-04-18  JimNorCal: You have a point, <deSitter>. Tournaments like San Remo and Bled during this time frame were amazingly one-sided. Alekhine just crushed the other players.

I wonder about a Capa rematch though. Capa was a tough guy to beat. Even Alekhine might have come up short trying to do it a second time.

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  perfidious: In my opinion, Alekhine had doubts of his own over whether he could overcome Capablanca a second time in a match.
Oct-05-18  JimNorCal: Sure, it's fair to say that Capa was profoundly confident in his abilities. Whereas Alekhine was less confident, more anxious that maybe Capa would take away the hard won title.

Neither of these statements tell us who would have prevailed, though. They just describe the psychological "style" of the two.

For example, strong confidence might prevent full commitment of Capa's energy. He might fail to "go beyond".

And Alekhine's nail biting anxiety might push him past his highest expectations. It might serve as a source of motivation and mental energy. Or, put another way, it might signal the existence of a well of untapped mental energy.

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