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Alexander Alekhine vs Russian Tennis Club
"Tennis, Anyone?" (game of the day Mar-25-2008)
Simul, 60b (1932) (exhibition), Paris FRA, Feb-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: AAA was such an ace.

Don't miss the priceless comments by <FerociousBeast> on this thread, and even a shout out to <GMShirtlessRocketman>.

Mar-14-11  Fuegoverde: 20 Qxf8+ Kxf8!, 21 Rd8++ , really liked this one.
Mar-14-11  alachabre: White has an active pawn center. Black's queen is undefended, White's rook is en prise. I see a curious alignment of forces against the dark squares on Black's first rank. At first glance, all seems adequately defended. A queen sac on f8 is mate in two if not for the pesky Black queen defending d8. Oh wait, the queen isn't defending d8! Must be these cheap reading glasses!?

20. Qxf8+ Kxf8
21. Rd8#

Mar-14-11  gars: Aren't Mondays lovely?
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  Penguincw: I can't believe me it took me 15 seconds to solve it!
Mar-14-11  awfulhangover: 2 seconds :-) I hope black was better in tennis.
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  kevin86: Guessed it instantly:

20 ♕xf8+ ♔xf8 21 ♖d8#

A smash for a winner!

Mar-14-11  estrick: As <Once> pointed out, while RTC spent several moves winning a meaningless pawn, AA gained control over the empty squares.

What struck me was how sorely RTC was in need of his DSB. Trading it away on move 9 in order to gain 'the worthless pawn' on c3 seems to have been the beginning of their downfall. So, I clicked on "find similar games" Games Like Alekhine vs Russian Tennis Club, 1932; to see what Black usually does in that position and found that this game was in a well trod book line through move six. From that point Black had won eight times while White had won fourteen times, with eighteen games ending in draws. In the eight games that the player with Black pieces won, the DSB was preserved in every instance, which often involved retreating it to e7.

Just goes to show ya what a steep price there is to pay for grabbing pawns at the wrong time.

Mar-14-11  YouRang: Curious how Alekhine ended up playing the Russian Tennis Club.

Or perhaps it was the other way around: They might have started out as the "Russian Chess Club", but changed their name after this game.

Mar-14-11  stst: Is that the Tennis club that made this easy??

20. QxR+ KxQ
21. Rd8#

clear it up first before going to Amber (prayers to the Japs though)

Mar-14-11  estrick: <stst> Would you mind not using racial slurs
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  Phony Benoni: Back on page one of the kibitzing, <WMD> explains the circumstances of this game:

Alekhine vs Russian Tennis Club, 1932

I suspect the "Russian Tennis Club" was a group of exiles. In those days, everyone who couldn't get along with the home town crowd went to Paris.

Mar-14-11  smitten: I have been away from chess for a long, long time :o

20. Qxf8+ Kxf8 (forced) 21. Rd8#

Mar-14-11  redorc19: good... after not getting last week's fairly obvious monday puzzle, i got this one in about 30 seconds. And as others have said, best wishes to those in Japan.
Mar-14-11  WhiteRook48: 20 Qxf8+ Kxf8 21 Rd8# a four second puzzle
Mar-14-11  VincentL: <Once, Scormus et al>I don´t know if any of the contributors here are Japanese or live in Japan, but if so, I send my condolences to them.

I am orginally from London where fortunately there are no earthquakes (the damage one would cause there is unthinkable). But I experienced a major quake here in Chile last year, and I think after surviving it unscathed I have to come to appreciate the value of each day of life just a little more.

Mar-14-11  wals: The good old Queen sac pays off once more.

Black, 14...Qh5, +1.45. Best,

Analysis by Rybka 4 x64: d 15 : 2 min :

1. (0.37): 14...0-0 15.Qc2 e5 16.Rfd1 exd4 17.Rxd4 Ng4 18.Be7 Re8 19.Bd6 Nde5 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.Be2 Bg4 22.f3 Be6 23.Rb1 Bxa2 24.Rxb7 Qe1+

2. (0.43): 14...h6 15.Qc2 0-0 16.Be2 e5 17.Bxf6 Nxf6 18.Nxe5 Be6 19.Bc4 Bxc4 20.Nxc4 Qc7 21.Rb1 b6 22.e5 Nd5 23.Nd6 Rad8 24.h3 Rxd6

Black, 19...Nb5, +#2. Best,

Analysis by Rybka 4 x64: d 18 : 4 min :

1. (1.80): 19...Re8 20.Qa4 Qf5 21.h3 Rf8 22.Qa3 h6 23.Rd6 b5 24.Re1 Qc2 25.Rc1 Qe4 26.Be7 Re8 27.Rxc8 Rexc8 28.Rxd7 Qb1+ 29.Kh2 Qf5 30.Rd5 Qf4+ 31.g3[] Qe4 32.Rc5 Rxc5 33.dxc5 Qe2 34.Kg2 a5

2. (1.88): 19...f6 20.Re1 Re8 21.Qb3 Qf7 22.exf6 Rxe1+ 23.Nxe1[] gxf6 24.Qg3+ Qg7 25.Qe3 Qf8 26.Nd3 Qf7 27.Rf5 a5 28.Qg3+ Kh8 29.Qc7 Qe6 30.Rxa5 Rxa5 31.Qxa5 Qe2 32.Qc3 Kg7 33.f3

Mar-14-11  MountainMatt: Yes yes yes! Got it instantly. Now for the hard stuff - trying to analyze the latest Amber games!
Mar-14-11  newton296: how about japan getting hit by the triple whammy! earthquake, tsunami , and a nuclear melt down all in one day. wow!

best wishes and good luck to japan!

Mar-14-11  ChessNewbie55: too easy. ho hum.
Mar-15-11  sevenseaman: Luck turns for Japan. Nuclear meltdown fears are over-hyped. Even so, too big a tragedy.
Mar-25-11  Lennonfan: Doesn't Ndf3 instead of Nfe6 on move 12(i think!)stop alekhines plans in there tracks?? And it puzzled me why he sacs that c pawn early on,till the mate becomes apparent....brilliant little combo to finish off
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  GrahamClayton: <WMD>This game was played as part of world record exhibition by Alekhine at Claridge's Hotel in Paris. He took on 300 players, chosen from among the best players in Paris and surrounding provinces and divided into 60 five-man teams. Play began at 3.30 pm and finished at 2am in the morning. He scored +37 =17 -6.

Here is a photo from the exhibition:

Aug-11-12  Cemoblanca: Well, I heard about "chess boxing", but "chess tennis" was a little new to me. LOL!!!
Aug-12-12  Cemoblanca: Can you imagine Mr. (Björn) Alekhine in white shorts & headband.. in his right hand a tennis racket & in his left a cigarette! :D I think he would have good chances against Bogo, but against Euwe he would be lost! ;0)
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