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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin vs Maxim Gorky
Capri (1908), Capri ITA
Alekhine Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Main Line (B03)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: <dumbgai> Alekhine's Defense appears in an 1811 chess book, I seem to recall. See also <honza>'s comment below.
Aug-10-08  myschkin: . . .


Photo (Gorki, Bogdanov, Lenin):

Sep-04-09  FHBradley:

An etching picturing Hitler and Lenin playing a game of chess in Vienna in 1909, to be sold at Mullock's auction house with the preliminary price of 40,000 £. This surely does not look like the twenty-year old Hitler to me, and Lenin was presumably bald at that time. Whatever...

Oct-25-09  Bartuc: Lenin later died in the city, named Gorky.

Just an another interesting fact :)

Nov-06-09  markygod: hisadasdqwewqswqweq
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  Phony Benoni: Gorky should have pursued his talent. He could have become one of the Maxims of Chess.

And, of course, co-inventor of the Gorkykhine Defense--a prickly variation, to say the least.

Aug-03-11  rapidcitychess: I think I know why it's called the Alekhine Defense still. Sounds much better than the Gorky Defense. I would be ashamed to play the "Gorky Defense".

Plus, Alekhine allows you to flaunt your pronunciation skills.

Aug-04-11  aliejin: In my opnion the Alekhine defense has the correct name, it was Alekhine who introduced it into the practice master

Surely it is impossible to know when
1e4 cf6 defense was first played

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  SteinitzLives: It looks like the black bourgeoise controlled the means of production, while the white laboreres sat by and watched the revolution.
Dec-15-11  markwell: Smoke and mirrors, like the rest of commie nonsense.
Jul-20-12  Pirandus: FAKE!
La partie était jouée en ondes radiophoniques (ou télégramme) par les joueurs (entre eux maîtres) des bateaux de guerre soviétiques nommés LENIN et GORKI, en 1962. Source: Informator, 1962/64.
Jul-20-12  twinlark: Loose translation: the game was played in 1962 between players on two Soviet warships, the Lenin and the Gorky.
Dec-29-12  cunctatorg: Well, I would like to also see in this database some I.V. Stalin's ... "cooperativistic/propaganda" games!! Sometimes I had seen a Sicilian defense with a nice sacrifice of a white Knight at f5, a hoax game between Stalin and ... N.I. Yezhov ... but I don't remember the year though I am sure it was before 1939!! That and I wish you a Happy New Year!!
Dec-29-12  DanielBryant: posted in 2006 that this game is a hoax but didn't elaborate. I'm surprised it's still in here.
Apr-03-13  Conrad93: Right...
And they just happened to play the Alekhine Defense in 1908 according to modern theory.

This is absolutely a fake.

Apr-03-13  JimNorCal: So, Comrade ... you are saying this is a "Potemkin game"? I'm afraid you'll just have to enjoy this game in Siberia, da?
Sep-25-13  Infohunter: I know I am joining the discussion several years late, but for whatever it might be worth, I have just discovered that this game is listed on p. 235 of the 1964 openings manual *Chess Openings: Theory and Practice* by I. A. Horowitz as having been played in 1960 as part of a radio match between the Deschna Chess Club (White) and the Lenin Chess Club (Black). The moves match from start to finish.
Mar-11-14  Bowen Island: Next you'll be telling us the game was NOT played in Gorky Park!
Aug-26-14  siegbert: Lenin v Gorky did seem to be too good to be true. If info h u n t e r is correct it is INCORRECT.
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  Stonehenge: Photo of Lenin, Gorky (watching) and Bogdanov, Capri 1908:


Nov-04-17  AlbertoDominguez: Pirandus: Informator started in 1966, so your comment cannot be correct.
Mar-09-20  MordimerChess: In 1908 Lenin was in Capri. And he played chess games with Bogdanov and Gorky. But is this the one really played there? I doubt it.
Alekhine Defense was played very well, first 11 moves were main line. And I know that it was played in XIX century but I am not sure that the theory was known so well. And of course that strange radio game from 1960... except it was trolling by chess clubs :D

This is video about the game:

Pictures of Gorki's villa included! ;)

Apr-01-20  Chesgambit: Nxc7? d6! simple wins
Apr-28-20  Dr Nahush: Just to add some content about the opening,
Seems like upto eleventh move it's all standard choice of moves. 12. Nh4 going after the exposed Bishop on f5 tactical faulty and looses a pawn soon after
Apr-12-22  Chesgambit: Materalist Lenin lose to hypermodern chess
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