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Alexander Alekhine vs Bruno Strazdins
Simul, 40b (1935) (exhibition), Riga LAT, Sep-12
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense (B13)  ·  1-0



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Jun-07-03  popski: Wow! This 15.Nf6+ was really elegant move.
Jul-29-03  WhiteKnight: He develops so well and in his style that there is no stop to it. If u leave off the proper move order he is going to kill u on the board.
Oct-18-03  panigma: I am missing something. I am sure that mate is a matter of time, but my simple mind can't see it. What happens with 15. Qxf6? Can't blacks bishops be used as shields against the attack?
Oct-18-03  crafty: 15...♕xf6 16. ♖fe1+ ♗e6 17. ♕d7#   (eval Mat02; depth 4 ply; 1M nodes)
Oct-18-03  panigma: What about 16. be7?
Oct-18-03  JoeTamargo: Then 17.Qd8 mates. That's what's so elegant.
Dec-21-03  caballos2: Is 10. ...a6 just a waste of time or am I missing something?
Dec-14-06  ToTheDeath: The game ends on d7 or d8 no matter which bishop blocks the check on e1. Lovely mate!
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  GrahamClayton: The location of this game is URS 1935. Didn't Alekhine leave the USSR in 1920 never to return?
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  Calli: Close to Russia because the game was played in Riga, Latvia. In 1921, Alekhine obtained a visa to Latvia and never returned to Russia. Note that the score says URS not USSR. I don't know what URS could mean.
Jan-28-09  sneaky pete: URS means You Are Simulating.
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  Calli: I am? I skrazdins my head.
Jan-29-09  sneaky pete: No need for that, it just means this game is from a simulating extradition. URS also is the French abbr. of (something like) Union des Républiques (Socialistes) Soviétiques, whatever that may mean.
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  GrahamClayton: <Calli>Close to Russia because the game was played in Riga, Latvia. In 1921, Alekhine obtained a visa to Latvia and never returned to Russia.

You are correct. Latvia in 1935 was an independent country, until it was annexed by the USSR at the beginning of WW2. His opponent's name is also a very Latvian sounding name as well.

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  perfidious: I wonder whether this player was related to the Latvian emigre Arkadijs Strazdins, who won many championships of the New Britain, Conn, chess club in the 1960s-70s, and whom I played in the 1986 New England championship, though he wasn't quite so strong then, at about 2100.
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  Calli: <related to the Latvian emigre Arkadijs Strazdins>

The chess club website stated that Mr. Strazdins died in 2007 at age 84. His son still plays at the club. Possibly he would know this bit of family history, particularly if I. Strazdins is a grandfather. See the May entry at

Jun-08-12  ruggedrooks: Very cool puzzle!
* 1. Nf6+ gxf6 2. Qd8#

** 1. Nf6+ Qxf6 2. Rfe1+ Be6 (if queen or bishop to e7, then Qd8# - if queen to e5 instead, then Rxe5+ followed by Qd8# or Qd7#) 3. Qd7#

*** 1. Nf6+ Ke7 2. Qxd8+ Ke6 3. Nd4+ Ke5 4. f4#

Nov-29-14  welhelm1982: Another stupid game to alekhin!!!
Nov-30-14  tonsillolith: The variations here are very similar to those in Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914
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  tpstar: White to Play and Win after 14 ... Qd8.

The Pd5 exerts a powerful cramping effect on Black's development, in this and similar lines.

Feb-07-15  morfishine: If Strazdins died in 2007 at the age of 84, simple math makes him around 12 years old when this game was played. Thats as good an explanation as any for this result
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  perfidious: <morf> That would be correct, <if> it is Arkadijs Strazdins, not the player listed above.
Nov-04-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Riga, Latvia on September 12, 1935.1935.

Alekhine scored +9=16-15. This is probably his worst result in simultaneous play.

See <Shakmayny Riga 1980>, #10, pg. 13.

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  mifralu: Probably this game was played by Bruno Strazdins


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