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Gosta Stoltz vs Alexander Alekhine
"The Grim Reaper" (game of the day Nov-22-2021)
Munich (1942), Munich GER, rd 7, Sep-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  0-1



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Aug-21-02  morphynoman2: Alekhine defends and attacks at the same time.
Apr-26-03  WhoKeres: I've never seen black's twelfth move played anywhere else. It may be worth a look through this database but I am pretty sure its an unusual sideline. White's 15th move is a major strategical mistake; 15. Ne3 or 15 Nh2 are better. I recall a similar mistake being made by Fischer against Keres at Curacao 1962, and Keres rolled Bobby off the board.
Apr-26-03  popski: Once one man who played with Alekhine asked Tartakower: Who will win, me or Alekhine? Tartakower answered: Alekhine. Player was surprised: How?! I have better position! Tartakower: You didnt ask me about position, but who will win. Alekhine won this game, of course ...
Aug-20-14  residentlegal: Great demonstration of the chess mind by the world champion. He balances the position in his favor with attack,capture,and defence in just the right measure.
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  al wazir: Alekhine played the black side of a Spanish against Stoltz in at least one other game in 1942. (I looked in Vol. 1 of Kotov's two-volume collection, "The Chess Legacy of A.A. Alekhine." It's No. 89 there.)

In that game the moves differ beginning with black's fifth: 5...b5 6. Bb3 d6 7. c3 Bg4 8. Qe2 Be7 9. Rd1 Na5 10. Bc2 c5, etc.

Here it is in the <CG> database: Stoltz vs Alekhine, 1942. According to <CG> it was played on June 12. That game ended in a draw. Maybe that's why AAA switched to a different line when they played in September.

Nov-22-21  Brenin: I assume that the game title is a reference to The Seventh Seal (Stoltz was Swedish).
Nov-22-21  goodevans: Unlike some previous kibitzers, I don't think this was anything for Alekhine to be particularly proud of.

Stoltz tries to force the issue with an unsound sacrifice after which Alekhine's moves weren't exactly difficult to find. The best that can be said for Alekhine in this game is that he probably foresaw the sacrifice and that it was unsound. I'd say this was a case of Stoltz losing the game rather than Alekhine winning it.

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  OhioChessFan: I don't get the pun. Maybe it references Gosta, along the lines of Ghost of a Chance. It was one of the highest rated, so someone gets it.
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  MissScarlett: < Unlike some previous kibitzers, I don't think this was anything for Alekhine to be particularly proud of.>

Would you mind rephrasing that?

Nov-22-21  Brenin: <Would you mind rephrasing that?> No need to, according to the blog. Is the question of Alekhine being proud of this game related White's surname? (In German, "stolz" means "proud".)
Nov-22-21  fabelhaft: I don’t get the pun either, but if it is connected to the Seventh Seal, it should be noted that Death isn’t a very strong chess player. Ok, he won the game, but the position he had piece down was horrible…

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  Teyss: A multi-level pun.
Stoltz = Swedish = The 7th Seal = Grim reaper. Next time I meet a Swede I'll make sure to mention that movie everybody saw.
Both players are now dead = GR.
1942 = WWII = GR.
Gosta = Gosta Berling Saga = The author mentions death at one point, probably = GR.
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  MissScarlett: I took the title to refer to the personification of the inexorability of death.

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