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Alekhine / Koltanowski Blindfold Team vs Antwerp Chess Club
"Simultaneous Tandem Blindfold Exhibition" (game of the day Sep-25-2018)
Blind tandem simul, 6b (1934) (blindfold), Antwerp BEL, Feb-??
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General (C68)  ·  1-0



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  nasmichael: For a game of this style, is there a set of blindfold techniques that facilitate the process of play? I like the growing swarm of forces on both sides.
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  Calli: Compatibility? Alekhine said that Kolty was the world's second best blindfold player. He was also a tactical player who could play along with AA. They scored 3 wins 2 draws 1 loss against good players. Compare that with another exhibition Alekhine and Landau tried a short time before: 2 wins 1 draw 3 losses.
Apr-30-08  futonchild: i had a strong intuition that black should've played 8. ...0-0-0 anyone else?
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  al wazir: Black could have made white's job harder by playing 30...c6, which blocks the advance of the white ♔.
Apr-30-08  Kreifi: Emm, I can't see why this is win. :/
Apr-30-08  popescuag: I guess that black has to move either his king or his knight to meet e6+. And white will start picking up the queen side black pawns.
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  kevin86: Black is virtually out of moves and is threatened by 35 e6+ forking knight and king. After 35...♔ to the eighth 36 e6 ♘ moves 37 ♗xc5 steals a pawn and the black position is no better.
Apr-30-08  Whitehat1963: Anyone know if Capablanca, Rubinstein, Lasker, or any other notables from Alekhine's era played blindfold exhibitions?
Apr-30-08  ajile: I think Kolty was #1. I believe he has the record for number of games played in a blinfold exibition.
Apr-30-08  Whitehat1963:
Apr-30-08  KarAkter: On 8...O-O-O white keeps pawn and initiative with 9.Be3 Be3 10.Ke3 Ne7 11.Ng5 Bh5...i think.But why black gave bishop on move 20(Bc6 looks ok to me),and what is wrong with 29...fe5?
Apr-30-08  Whitehat1963: In 1937, George Koltanowski, a Belgian who emigrated to the USA in 1940, (and Dean of American Chess) set the blindfold record by playing 34 opponents in Edinburgh, Scotland, scoring +20, -0, =14. This topped Alekhine's 32, but was later broken Miguel Najdorf (Argentina) at Sao Paulo, 1947, who played 45 (+39, -2, =4). Then Janos Flesch of Hungary broke this mark by playing 52 in 1960 (+31, =3, - 18). Flesch's mark was tainted by reports that he was allowed to verbally recount the scores of games played. In any case, later in 1960 Koltanowski regained the record by playing 56 opponents (+50, =0, -6).

May-01-08  Kreifi: Oh, I didin't see e6 at all.
May-01-08  tuffy13: <kreifi> I have tried to push this game to a white win several times starting with the black move 34...Ke8. Working with my computer it appears to be a struggle to hold a draw. I can't find a win for white.
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  offramp: Another one of my puns has been used! I am on a roll!
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  Phony Benoni: It was a simul because Alekhine had two opponents: the Antwerp Chess Club, and Koltanowski.
Sep-25-18  Ironmanth: Great maneuvers to control the center. Thanks, chessgames!
Sep-25-18  Autoreparaturwerkbau: I think <32.Kf5>

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was much better idea than retreating the knight to edge of the board (32.Na5 was actually played), because after <32...Nf8 33.Na5 fxe5 34.Nc6 Be7 35.Nxe5+ Ke8 36.g4 Bd6 37.g5 hxg5 38.fxg5> white reaches the position

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with g&h connected pawns theatening the promotion (+2.43, 23 ply).

From here the game main line continues with <38...Ke7 39.Ng6+ Kf7 40.Nxf8 Bxf8 41.Bf4 c6 42.c4 Be7 43.g6+ Kg8 44.Ke6>

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where white can goggle up queenside pawns and deliver mate (+132.68, 43 ply).

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  mjmorri: Does anyone know if Alekhine and Kolty alternated moves or had some form of discussion on which move to play?
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  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: Another one of my puns has been used! I am on a roll!>

The funniest post this week!

Sep-25-18  weisyschwarz: Double-blind system.
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  beatgiant: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> The move in the actual game is simple, crushing, and led to resignation 2 moves later.

Your line looks longer and more complicated but not hugely more crushing, so maybe it's not the best choice for a simultaneous tandem blindfold game.

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  OhioChessFan: I'm not sure where, but surely Black should have found time to castle.
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