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Alexander Alekhine vs James Madison High School
"Kids Play the Darndest Moves" (game of the day Jun-10-2015)
Simul, 50b (1932) (exhibition), 7th Regiment Armory, New York, NY USA, Nov-08
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  0-1



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  Penguincw: Alekhine sure played against a lot of teams.
May-31-12  Whitehat1963: Imagine the crushing he'd have received from James Madison University!
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  Phony Benoni: Black's game certainly had a strong constitution.
Jun-10-15  Mating Net: As <twinlark> stated several years ago, Alekhine let the kids win. Absolutely impossible that he missed the tactical blow 10.Bxf6 winning a piece.
Jun-10-15  waustad: I haven't seen a reference to Art Linkletter yet, though Madison has been well represented.
Jun-10-15  hadi706: 31.e6?
این حرکت باعث از دست رفتن فیل سفید شد

31. e6 b2 32. ef7 Bf7 33. Bf5 Ra5 34. Rc3 Rbb5 35. Bb4 Rf5

حرکت صحیح تر در اینجا


Jun-10-15  PhilFeeley: <hadi706> I put this through Google translate and it made no sense. Could you try it in English please?
Jun-10-15  morfishine: My mother Graduated from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., class of '52. Harrisonburg is in the Shenandoah valley. The university is not related to the High School, which is located near DC. I think all these facts are much more interesting than this game


Jun-10-15  Caissanist: hadi's comments are in Persian. Bishops are called "elephants" in Persian and many other languages.
Jun-10-15  pedro99: My theory is that Alekhine was drunk.
Jun-10-15  1 2 3 4: <morfishine> no it is not
Jun-10-15  cow: I went to the emergency department in Harrisonburg once, when I had an issue while driving through. I was very well treated. I like to think my doc was a grandchild of one of these kids.
Jun-10-15  A.T PhoneHome: James Madison High School's philosophy is "Education is the true foundation of civil liberty."

After this game, they could've changed it to be "Education is the true foundation of civil liberty... and beating chess world champions is one of the perks of civil liberty."

Jun-10-15  devere: <Mating Net: Alekhine let the kids win. Absolutely impossible that he missed the tactical blow 10.Bxf6 winning a piece.>

Even more impossible to believe that Alekhine would deliberately let anyone beat him at chess.

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  OhioChessFan: Of course AA let them win.
Jun-10-15  trickdick: brilliant
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  kevin86: A funny game, it looked like the winners were coached by the loser.
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  Domdaniel: <hadi's> comments are Farsi/Persian, as Caissanist points out. The 2nd line is something like "the more accurate here..."
Jun-10-15  Travis Bickle: Alekhine drunk again...
Jun-10-15  KID Slayer: Was Alekhine drunk??? Why else would he miss 10.Bxf6 and give back a bishop later in the game???
Jun-10-15  morfishine: <1 2 3 4> Of course, I was having fun in a sarcastic sort of way, but keep in mind, other posters, such as <Mating Net> have pointed out that Alekhine passed on <10.Bxf6> winning a piece. There's no point in trying figure out "why"...its best to relegate this game to the trash-heap of irrelevance


Jun-10-15  tivrfoa: Does 10. Bxf6 really win a piece? Cant black simply play 10. ... Bxd1?
Jun-10-15  tivrfoa: oooppss it loses a piece xD
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  Alex Schindler: Sweet, this high school is two blocks from my home. Go Madison! Alma mater of Arthur Miller and justice ruth Bader ginzburg if I'm not mistaken, in addition to chess great GM Joel Benjamin.

Freedom of the pawn press, eh?

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  Alex Schindler: Attempting to translate Hadi's Persian based on chess context, Arabic comprehension and strong faith in the power of Arabic cognates and loan words in Persian:

31. E6?
This loses(?) the white bishop (literally:elephant. I dunno Persian articles so whether he's referring to the eventual loss of the light squared bishop, or the inevitable loss of one of the two white bishops, I can't tell).

31. e6 b2 32. ef7 Bf7 33. Bf5 Ra5 34. Rc3 Rbb5 35. Bb4 Rf5

More accurate was

31. Bf5

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