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Alexander Alekhine vs Siegbert Tarrasch
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 2, May-11
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Accepted (C32)  ·  1-0



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Mar-27-10  The Rocket: Nice game
Apr-20-13  lcodrutlucian: The position after Last move: 37. Qh4
appears in the movie Cube Zero as a puzzle.
It says Black to move.

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At that position, White is winning (+3.4).
The guy in the movie analyzes the position for some time. When he seems to find the solution, he shows it to the other guy on the board. However, on the board there is a completely different position. It is a beginning position, where white has 2 black Bishops.

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  whiteshark: It seems that Black was already lost before the (final) blunder:

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Black to move

1) +3.18 (28 ply) 37...Nf6 38.c4 Rc5 39.Nxh6 Rxe5 40.Rxe5 g6 41.c5 Qc6 42.f5 Rd5 43.Rxd5 Nxd5 44.Qd4 Nf6 45.fxg6 fxg6 46.Qxb4 Qe4 47.Qb8+ Kg7 48.Ng4 Nxg4+ 49.hxg4 Qxg4 50.Qxa7+ Kf6 51.Qa6+ Ke7 52.Qc4 Qh5+ 53.Kg1 Qd1+ 54.Kf2 Qd2+ 55.Qe2+ Qxe2+ 56.Kxe2 Kd7 57.Ke3 Kc6 58.Kd4 Kb5 59.Kd5

2) +6.25 (28 ply) 37...Rxe5 38.fxe5 Nf6 39.exf6 Qxf6 40.Qxb4+ Kg8 41.Qe7 Qg5 42.Qxg5 hxg5 43.Re7 a5 44.Nd4 Rd5 45.Kg3 Kf8 46.Ra7 Kg8 47.Kg4 g6 48.Kf3 Rc5 49.Ke4 f6 50.Kf3 Rd5 51.Kg3 f5 52.Kf3 Kh8 53.g4 f4 54.Ke4 Rc5 55.Kf3

3) +7.04 (27 ply) 37...Qf6 38.Qxh5 bxc3 39.bxc3 Rd3 40.Qg4 Rd2 41.Rxd2 Rxd2 42.Nxg7 Qg6 43.Nf5 Qxg4 44.hxg4 Rd3 45.Rc5 Ke8 46.Nxh6 Rd7 47.g5 Kf8 48.Rc8+ Kg7 49.Nf5+ Kg6 50.g4 Kh7 51.Kg2 Rd2+ 52.Kg3 a6 53.Rc7

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi lcodrutlucian,

I bought that DVD yesterday (Cube One) as part of a 4 for a 1.00 deal. (it had a guy playing chess on the cover so it was a 'must have'.)

You are correct it was this game and in this position...

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...the newspaper said Black was to move. (they got that bit right.)

One guard is struggling so the other guard shows him how to mate and we get to this position...

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...with White about to mate on g7. There are two White dark squared Bishops.

'That's brilliant' says the first guard and I must admit it was quite amazing given the two positions we saw.

The film is not too bad. Seen better and watched a lot worse.


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