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Alexander Alekhine vs Asmundur Asgeirsson
"Changing Geirs" (game of the day Mar-22-2010)
Clock Simul (1931) (exhibition), Reykjavik ISL, Aug-09
French Defense: Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Tactical <Breakfast of a Champion>
Mar-22-10  gofer: 17 ... Nd7?

Surely this blocks in the king and bishop even more? Why not play Nc6?

Mar-22-10  BishopsPawn: patzer2, without 14...a6, Black allows the knight to reach d6. That can't be desirable, can it? For this novice, can you elaborate on how 14...Nc6 or 14...Ke7 improves on the game move?
Mar-22-10  BobCrisp: And yet there are voices who maintain that there are 2500-rated IMs who are as strong, if not stronger than Alekhine.

Don't ask me for names of these voices, though.

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  thegoodanarchist: "Alekhine is a poet, who creates a work of art out of something which would hardly inspire another man to send a picture postcard. The wilder and more involved a position the more beautiful the conception he can evolve." -Max Euwe
Mar-22-10  YoungEd: I agree with <gofer> that 17. ...♘d7 looks bad. Why not just take the f7 pawn? What am I missing there? By the way, Black had his little joke at the end with his futile mate threat!
Mar-22-10  jimx: Can someone please explain 14...a6?
Mar-22-10  carl giraffe: <jimx: Can someone please explain 14...a6?>

Looks like black is trying to stop Nb5 and then Nd6 where the white knight would have a great outpost and be very difficult to remove.

The most basic problem the Knight would cause from there would be that it helps the Q threaten mate on f7 and basic defenses like Re7 leave Qh8#.

Not to mention that the Knight threatens to win the exchange with the e8 Rook but the Knight is much better than the Rook in that position so white probably wouldn't even bother.

Mar-22-10  drpoundsign: semi smothered mate.

props to the Queen Sac. I never have the guts to do that. WHAT? he didn't use the Alekhine attack??

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  kevin86: Queen sac in GOTD AND puzzle!
Mar-22-10  neverSummeRed: Hello everyone.
Truely magic game by AA here.
I noticed, after reading <patzer2>'s post, that there was a line that does not clearly lead to a quick mate, and is not that superior for white.

18. Rxd4! exd5 19. Nxd5+ Ke6 20. Nf4+ Ke7 21. Qg5+ ... Then, I was thinking of
21. .. Nf6

22 exf6+ gxf6 is a bit unclear ...
There are alot too much variations.
Some are really unclear.
Does someone know if there was a line in which white wasn't winning ??

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  doubledrooks: <YoungEd> wrote: <I agree with <gofer> that 17. ...d7 looks bad. Why not just take the f7 pawn?>

If 17...Rxf7, I found 18. Qg5+ Kd7 19. Rxd5+ exd5 20. e6+ Kc7 21. Qe5+ Kc6 22. exf7 Kxc5 (if Qf8 or Bg4, then 23. Rh8) 23. Rh8 Qxh8 24. Qxd5+ Kb6 25. Qd6+ Nc6 26. f8=Q.

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  Bishoprick: Love Alekhine games! Right up there with Tal, although the AA games strike me as having more complicated tactics, while the Tal games and sacrifices are more surprising as they come seemingly out of nowhere. Both are incredible.
Mar-22-10  David2009: Monday game of the day Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 A very enjoyable game. Crafty suggests various imptovements for Black: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Bd3 Re8 8.e5 Be7 9.h4 c5 (start of analysis with Crafty) 10.Bxh7+ Kxh7 11.Ng5+ Bxg5 12.hxg5+ Kg8 13.Qh5 Kf8 14.0-0-0 a6 (Crafty suggests 14...Ke7 15. g6 Rf8 16. gxf7 Qb6) 15.g6 Ke7 16.gxf7 Rf8 17.dxc5 Nd7 (Crafty suggests 17...Nc6: see first link below) 18.Rxd5 Qa5 (Crafty suggests 18 ...Qc7 19.Qg5+ Kxf7 20.Rh7 Rg8 21.Rd4 Qa4: see second link below) 19.Qg5+ Kxf7 20.Rh7 Rg8 21.Rd4 Qxc5 22.Rxd7+ Bxd7 23.Ne4 Qb4 (Crafty avoids mate and surrenders the Queen with 23...Rc8 which, naturally, loses) 24.Nd6+ Kf8 25.Qf6+ gxf6 26.Rf7# 1-0

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Alekhine vs Asgeirsson 1931, 15?

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Alekhine vs Asgeirsson 1931, 18?

With either or both these links, you are invited to continue the game playing White, draging and dropping the move you want to make. Can these positions be won against Crafty's good (put not necessarily perfect) defence? Good luck and enjoy!

Mar-22-10  Comejen: wao!!!
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  GrahamClayton: One of 36 games played simultaneously by Alekhine in Reykjavik. Alekhine finished the exhibition with a score of +28, =4, -4.
Oct-31-12  Anderssen99: A deadly line is: 18.Rxd5,exd5. 19.Nxd5+,Ke6. 20.Nf4+,Ke7. 21.Qf5!!,Qa5. 22.Qe6+,Kd8. 23.Qd6!!,Re8 (Black is paralyzed). 24.Ne6+,Rxe6. 25.Rh8+,Re8. 26.Rxe8 mate
Oct-08-14  SpiritedReposte: Artistic finish from the great Alekhine.
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  offramp: In the days before jet aeroplanes Alekhine must have been the world's most travelled chess player. Then comes Tony Miles, whose nickname was 'Air'.
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  thegoodanarchist: To quote Tony Soprano:

TS: "Where you from, hon?"
Icelandic Air Stewardess: "Reykjavik."
TS: "You do and you'll clean it up."

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  ChessCoachClark: An example of the Vukovic Mate that is slightly "skewed" from the classic form.
Oct-17-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous blindfold exhibition in Reykjavik, Iceland on August 1931.

Alekhine scored +8=1-1.

See <Schachwart 1931>, pg. 170.

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  Tabanus: (= Lögrétta, 19 August 1931, p. 4):

1.e4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.Nf3 O-O 7.e5 Be7 8.h4 Re8 9.Bd3 c5 10.Bxh7+ Kxh7 11.Ng5+ Bxg5 12.hxg5+ Kg8 13.Qh5 Kf8 14.O-O-O Ke7 15.g6 a6 16.gxf7 Rf8 17.dxc5 Nd7 18.Rxd5 Qa5 19.Qg5+ Kxf7 20.Rh7 Rg8 21.Rd4 Qxc5 22.Rxd7+ Bxd7 23.Ne4 Qb4 24.Nd6+ Kf8 25.Qf6+ 1-0

Quite a lot of move order differences! Date was Sunday 9 Aug. 1931, see e. g.

Nov-24-16  Moszkowski012273: 19.Qh4+... is stronger.
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  beatgiant: <Moszkowski012273> <19.Qh4+... is stronger.>

As far as I can tell, against any king hunt attempt, Black can usually avoid the quick checkmates by trading his queen for a White rook.

With your suggestion, I see something like 19. Qh4+ Kxf7 20. Rd3 Nxe5 21. Qh5+ Kg8 22. Rg3 which does look winning, but not necessarily faster or with greater material advantage than the actual game.

Could you give some details as to why you think it's <stronger>?

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