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Alexander Alekhine vs Mir Sultan Khan
Bern (1932), Bern SUI, rd 1, Jul-16
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense Mieses Line (B13)  ·  1-0



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Jun-29-04  popski: I don't understand this game :/
Jun-29-04  caballos2: What about 13...e6, instead of losing (too) much time with the bishop manoeuvre?
Apr-23-05  popski: 29. d5, what poison is in this move? Ok, let's say 29...ed5 and then probably 30. Re1... Hmm, what if 30... Qf5 31. Bb4 Bd7 Huh, and then 32. Qd6, yes this is not tasteful...
Apr-23-05  aw1988: 13...e6 just runs into 14. d5.
Apr-24-05  Calli: Alekhine gives 29...exd5 30.♖e1 ♗e2 31.♘a4 d4 32.♘c5 ♕c2?! 33.♖xe2 ♕d1+ 34.♖e1 ♕xd2 35.♔f1 ♔g8 36.♘e6 g6 37.♘xd8 ♕xe1+ 38.♔xe1 ♗d6+ 39.♔d2 ♗xg3 40.hxg3 ♖xd8 41.♖c6 "with an easy win"

Much better in that line appears to be 29...exd5 30.♖e1 ♗e2 31.♘a4 d4 32.♘c5 ♕g4

Aug-26-07  nolanryan: after move 17 or 18 it looks like alekhine is playing a patzer. he's so far ahead in development it is sick
Aug-26-07  nolanryan: and an extra pawn
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  wwall: If 27...Rd6, then 28.Bf4

If 30...Be2, then 31.d6 Bf8 [31...Rxd6 32.Rxe7 Rxe7 33.Qxd6] 32.d7 Re7 33.Rc8 Rxd7 34.Nxd7 Rxd7 35.Qe3 should win

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  Tabanus: Hans Kmoch in Wiener Schach-Zeitung has "1. Runde, 16. Juli" for A Staehelin vs Alekhine, 1932, but that is probably wrong:

Springfield Republican, 17 July:

"Berne, Switz., July 16 - (AP) - The international chess masters tournament began here today [...] The outstanding result <of the first round> was the defeat of Mir Sultan Khan of India by Dr. Alekhine."

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 21 July:

"To date the world champion has defeated in consecutive sittings Mir Sultan Khan of India and Staehelin, Grob and Voellmy"

NY Evening Post, 23 July:

"The International chess tournament at Berne, Switzerland, began on Saturday, July 16, with sixteen competitors. World Champion Dr. Alexander Alekhine of France <began> auspiciously by defeating Mir Sultan Khan of India, one of the "favorites"."

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 29 July:

"Paired with Mir Sultan Khan, the clever East Indian expert and exchampion of the British Chess Federation, <in the opening round> of the international tournament at Bern, Dr. Alexander Alekhine, who by this time is fairly sure of the first prize, started auspiciously by defeating the Oriental in a Caro-Kann defense."

"In subsequent rounds Dr. Alekhine disposed ot three Swiss representatives - Staehelin, Voellmy and Grob."

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 4 August:

"As at Hastings, Sultan Khan was again fated to encounter Dr. Alexander Alekhine <in the first round> of the international tounament at Berne."

Sep-01-13  Nerwal: Curious. Alekhine found the brillantly calculated 29. d5! then didn't play 30. d6 which is much easier to calculate and is also the logical follow-up...
Sep-01-13  thomastonk: <Tabanus> "The Times", "Het Vaderland" and "Algemeen Handelsblad" have all this game in round 1, and A Staehelin vs Alekhine, 1932 in round two (combined reports for both rounds on July 17(!) and July 18). "Het Volk" (July 18) has a report only for round 1 containing the result of this game.
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  Tabanus: <tt> Thanks, and "Berne, Switz., July 16 - (AP) - The international chess masters tournament began here today .." must mean round 1 on 16 July and round 2 on 17 July. That newspaper (Springfield Republican of 17 July) also gives the pairings with results from the 1st round.

Unless Sunday was free day again and rounds 2 and 3 were both played on Monday 18 July (and rounds 9-10 on Monday 25 July).

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  Tabanus: But according to WSZ, "Das Berner Turnier rollte sich ohne jeden Ruhetag ab, nicht einmal für Hängepartien war ein Spieltag reserviert". And they do give rd. 2 on 17 July for Euwe-Bogoljubow, and rd. 1 on 16 July for Flohr-Naegeli.
Sep-01-13  thomastonk: <Tabanus> I've no doubt that round 1 has been played on July 16, and round 2 on July 17.

E.g., the chess correspondent of "The Times" writes under "Berne, July 17" (published July 18): "The results of the first two rounds in the International Chess Tournament, which began here yesterday, are as follows: .."

With my earlier post I intended only to confirm that Kmoch was wrong, when he wrote that A Staehelin vs Alekhine, 1932 was played in the first round. I am sorry, if you misunderstood this.

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  Tabanus: <thomastonk> Not really! And I feel confident enough now about the round numbers, dates and pairings.

So that I won't have to buy or borrow the tournament book..

Sep-12-13  Ulhumbrus: With 29 d5 Alekhine displays his attacking skill. After 29...ed 30 Re1 ( Alekhine) White's queen's rook makes use of the seventh rank to attack Black's king's bishop on e7 while his king's rook makes use of the e file to attack Black's king's bishop on e7
Apr-10-16  Sally Simpson: I cannot break my golden rule about never submitting a pun so I leave it to those who enjoy doing so.

'The Theory of Everything'.

In the film of the above name Hawking is seen studying this game and this position.

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Of course now you know you pun composers can feel free to come up with a more imaginative effort.

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  offramp: I saw <The Theory of Everything> on a double bill with <The Never-Ending Story>.

It was a great night out!

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