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Alexander Alekhine vs Gladstone
"Gladstone Misery" (game of the day Apr-24-2015)
Simul, 10b (1938) (blindfold), London ENG, Oct-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Marshall Defense (D06)  ·  1-0



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  HAPERSAUD: ownage
Apr-01-09  Hugh the Drover: Pwned.
Apr-24-15  offramp: Ooh, ooh the d'Israelites!
Apr-24-15  mruknowwho: That's the greatness of Alekhine. Everything seems to somehow be in the right place at the right time even in the face of a crazy position.
Apr-24-15  sorokahdeen: Another case of "Olympian versus Weakling."

10...b5 is a Christmas present allowing white to fork the knight and the h-pawn after which who comes out on top at the end of the exchanges is a matter of counting and no one counted moves better than Alekhine.

10...b5 is so bad that it had reverberations, causing black just give up his C-pawn because there was no good way of defending it.

This game makes you think there should be a new term for annotators that describes ugly tactical/positional blunders.

"Black to 'yech' in four."

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  Once: I'm writing a book at the moment about Grandmasters versus weaker players. This game would fit right in.

Alekhine does all the simple good stuff. He:
1. develops quickly and with the minimum of moves
2. grabs the centre
3. develops a rook to an open or half open file.
4. claims more space with the oh-so-typical e5 move.

Gladstone does the usual rabbitty rabitness. He:
1. surrenders the centre through a lack of opening knowledge (2...Nf6?) 2. pushes pawns when he ought to be developing pieces 3. leave loose pieces (Nc6 and Ra8) that White can bounce attacks off.

Alekhine pounces with good tactics because of the strategic advantages he had built up (and been given as a gift by his illustrious opponent).

Shame I haven't got room in the book for another game. Maybe in the sequel...?

Apr-24-15  newzild: Why is this exercise in mediocrity GOTD?
Apr-24-15  morfishine: <newzild> Because the emphasis is on wit-attempts, not the quality of the game

In all fairness, there have been a number of recent, high-quality games


Apr-24-15  siegbert: Any relation to the prime minister with the long beard?
Apr-24-15  erixn: About the opening play in this game: Even in my youth (AD, not BC) 2..Nf6 was looked down upon - but because of 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4. Nf3(!), not because of 4.e4(?) Nf6 5.Nc3 which allows Black to equalize by 5..e5! (6.dxe5 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Ng4). - Nowadays I'm not so sure - isn't simply (2..Nf6 3.cxd5) 3..g6 possible, transposing to the Grünfeld?
Apr-24-15  goodevans: <newzild: Why is this exercise in mediocrity GOTD?

morfishine: <newzild> Because the emphasis is on wit-attempts, not the quality of the game>

Is this a witty pun? I have to admit not understanding it.

Is it supposed to be a reference to a small suburb of Kansas, Missouri? If so then punnery has reached a new low in parochialism.

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  scutigera: <siegbert>: William Ewart Gladstone: 29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898 (Wikipedia). So, not him, unless the game is misdated and was played before Alekhine turned seven. Which, given the level of play, is possible.
Apr-24-15  Swedish Logician: <siegbert> and <scutigera> Liberal Prime Minster Gladstone did not have a beard, but his contemporary rival and Tory Prime Miinister the Marquess of Salisbury had a magnificent one. Chess sessions in Parliment with visiiting celebrity players were not uncommon, and two political sons of Gladstone were members of the House of Lords. However, they died in 1930 and 1935. But there are question marks after the date of the game, so if it was played at an earlier date, the opponent could have been a son of Premier Gladstone. This is a tricky one... Something for Edward Winter perhaps?
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  HeMateMe: Does this have anything to do with Cream's Disraeli's Gears, and 'The Rainbow has a mustache?', or is that all unrelated?
Apr-24-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.

-- Benjamin Disraeli

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  kevin86: A funny way to trap a bishop.
Apr-24-15  gars: <Once>: Include it, please! It'll fit just right!
Apr-24-15  mruknowwho: 2...Nf6 doesn't look great on the stats sheet, but it's not automatically bad. There's still a lot of developing to do and White might be tempted to push with the center pawns unnecessarily. I researched this opening, and in one game where Black wins, instead of taking back with knight after 3.cxd5, he actually lets White keep the pawn and instead develops his light square bishop.
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  FSR: Apparently the reference is not to the Prime Minister, but to Gladstone, Missouri, a city of 25,000. How obscure can you get?
Apr-24-15  Hot Logic: <newzild>
I don't think the GOTD needs to be 'high quality' in the sense that both players play the engine approved moves etc. etc.

Games like this one are educational for beginner and mid-level players. It demonstrates how to punish bad play. It has simple themes and is easy to follow.

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  MissScarlett: Alex played this sans voir.
Aug-15-15  siegbert: I like cheaper by the dozens comment above. thanks to Disraeli also.
Aug-15-15  siegbert: cheapo by the dozen. not cheaper. sorry cheapo.!1 <cheapo by the dozen>
Nov-07-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in London, England at the Gambit on October 4, 1938.

Alekhine scored +7=1-0, and +2=0-0 blindfold games. This game was one of the blindfolds.

See <Belfast News Letter>, October 13, 1938.

Nov-07-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in London, England at the Gambit on October 4, 1938.

Alekhine scored +7=1-0, and +2=0-0 blindfold games. This game was one of the blindfolds.

See <Belfast News Letter>, October 13, 1938.

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