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Alexander Alekhine vs Paul Felix Schmidt
2nd General Government (1941), Warsaw POL, rd 4, Oct-10
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  1-0



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Jan-13-04  refutor: here's a nice positional queen sacrifice by alekhine
Feb-23-05  goldthread: It appears that Alekhine missed mate in two moves: 31. Rb8+ Kh7 32. Bf5++ Something must be wrong.
Feb-23-05  WMD: According to Alekhine, he had seen the mate idea in his prior calculations.

'31.Rc1?? If I had been told about this case, but involving another master, I would simply not have believed it. Perhaps I was impressed, unconsciously, by the calmness and self-confidence with which my opponent executed his last two moves. In any case the win is seriously endangered by the absurd text move, if not totally demolished.'

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  Calli: "impressed, unconsciously" Ha! A real howler of an explanation for the blunder by AA. He typically went through more variations than anyone else. Probably he just missed this transposition and trusted his previous calculations that there was nothing better on that move.

Schmidt's 39..Qxa2? loses the game quickly.

May-05-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: More about weird 39.Rc1? is here: (under story nr. 5551).
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  Calli: Now, it can be told, Alekhine was drunk! Yes, after all these years, an actual documented case of AA drinking during a game. At least according to Francisco Lupi writing in Chess magazine, Alekhine related that the Governor of Poland had supplied scarce wartime bottles of "coffee" which made him miss the mate. He tried to call j'adoube when he instantly realized what he had done, but that only caused a furor. He then offered a draw which Schmidt unwisely refused. The whole story in Chess Note 5551.

Now I might have to start another collection "Alekhine was really drunk".

Jan-31-11  Whitehat1963: Another complicated game. Extremely difficult for Guess-the-Move.
Jan-31-11  BobCrisp: Unfortunately, the account attributed to Alekhine doesn't make sense in light of the game score.
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