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Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander vs Alexander Alekhine
Margate (1938), Margate ENG, rd 9, Apr-28
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  1/2-1/2

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  Benzol: Did Alexander miss a win here with 44.♘f7 ♘xf7 45.gxf7 ♖f8 46.♖f3 followed by 47.♖f6?
Jun-12-10  BobCrisp: <I remember a curious incident in one of my games with Alekhine. Someone told me that when Alekhine was worried about his position he always twisted his hair with his fingers. In 1938 I played Alekhine in the Margate tournament and he made what looked to me like a weak move in the opening; I made my reply with a nervous feeling that I had probably overlooked something. What was my delight to see Alekhine, after a minute or two’s reflection, start to twist his hair.

This was about 10.0 a.m., and from then till 2.30 (it was the last day of the tournament and no adjournment for lunch allowed) Alekhine sat without leaving the board, and through all the turns of a complex game continued (to my great moral support) to twist his hair.

At 2.30 I made a slight tactical error and let my advantage slip; Alekhine moved, took a comb out of his pocket, ran it through his hair, got up, and walked up and down the tournament room. My own judgment (that my advantage was gone) was thus confirmed as clearly as if he had told me so, and I took an immediate opportunity to force a draw before worse befell me.>

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Jun-26-15  Caissanist: Updated link for the quote given above: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... .

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