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Rudolf Spielmann vs Alexander Alekhine
Stockholm (1912), Stockholm SWE, rd 8, Jul-03
Bishop's Opening: Urusov Gambit (C24)  ·  0-1



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Feb-16-04  drukenknight: has anyone ever studied this game? It is a wonderful comparison of styles for one thing and somehow ALekhine wriggles out of it. I thought at some pt. he was toast...
Feb-16-04  Stavrogin: Yes, that typical Spielmann-storm appears to lift anyone of his feet... The Tal of his day! But against the Kasparov of those same days it isnīt enough...
Feb-16-04  drukenknight: Look he's got him. Alek's K is out in the middle, the material is the same but the N is pinned. Then ALek pushes the passed pawn. What is going on?
Feb-24-04  ughaibu: Stavrogin: The scores between these two seem to have been close 3-2 to Alekhine. If you compare this game with this one: Spielmann vs Alekhine, 1911 I think you'll agree that it's not a simple strategical/tactical division of ability.
Feb-24-04  rafaelluiz: Kasparov of those days????

I think that Kasparov of those days was Capablanca (Or Lasker) :)

Feb-24-04  Benjamin Lau: Kasparov was closer to Alekhine than either Capablanca or Lasker. Capablanca and Lasker both have very narrow opening repertoires. Capablanca aimed for strategically clear positions. Kasparov enjoys creating chaos across the board, which he seems to thrive in. In that respect, perhaps Kasparov is somewhat close to Lasker, certainly they both approve of the idea of chess as a mental struggle.
Feb-24-04  henrilin: I agree Ben. There is a clear link between Capa and Karpov but Kasparovs predecessor was indeed Alekhine. Both play with tremendous energy and ambition in the middlegame and their opening repertoires are broad and well analysed. Another similarity is that they also search for the best move in almost all positions. Lasker and Capa were different. Lasker often looked for a move that would upset his opponent not nessicarily the best one. And Capa preferred good moves that lead to clear positions instead of searching for the best on all occasions. Maybe temper and personality plays a significant role when different players choose their moves.
Feb-25-04  Stavrogin: Yes, Rafaelluiz, I will say it again: the Kasparov of those days. Kasparov is very far from Capablanca, but similar to Alekhine, his hero, in many ways.
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  penarol: What if Spielmann had played 23. Be4 (instead of 23.f5)? 23. f5 allowed ...Bxe5 and afterwards ..Bxc3, which in the end won the exchange for Black. After 23. Be4, if 24...Nxf4, then 25. Bxf4, Rxf4 26 Bxb7, which perhaps would leave White a pawn down but wih better prospects than in the game, I think.
Dec-30-05  weisyschwarz: Very good game. Not over 'til it's over. Those wild openings like the Center Game and the Danish Gambit lead to fireworks. I like the fact that Alekhine refused the gambit pawn and chose to counter-develop instead with ...Nc6, ...Bc5 and ...d3!
Jan-27-06  ughaibu: Is 26.Rf1 any good?
Dec-28-08  battleaxe: White cant stop the pawn from advancing. The beauty of this game is that white probably thought the whole time he was winning.. Alekhine was giving him what he wanted only to come out one step ahead.
Dec-28-08  visayanbraindoctor: Why the name <Nordic Congress 5th 1912>? Alekhine and Spielmann were not Norwegians or Scandinavians.
Jan-05-09  ughaibu: I see, Nh3 is check.
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  GrahamClayton: 21...♔e8! is a clever move, protecting the g7 pawn and unpinning the knight so that it can moved to d5, protecting the advanced e-pawn.
Oct-05-11  Cemoblanca: "I can comprehend Alekhine's combinations well enough; but where he gets his attacking chances from and how he infuses such life into the very opening - that is beyond me. Give me the positions he obtains, and I should seldom falter." - Rudolph Spielmann ;0)
Aug-28-13  parisattack: <Cemoblanca: "I can comprehend Alekhine's combinations well enough; but where he gets his attacking chances from and how he infuses such life into the very opening - that is beyond me. Give me the positions he obtains, and I should seldom falter." - Rudolph Spielmann ;0)>

Great quote which really speaks to the essence of chess, also. Do you know the source, where/when he said this?

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  pdxjjb: Engine (SF 8) thinks Alekhine's 17 ... Bd6 was quite weak, but that Spielmann failed to exploit with an equally weak 18 f4. Instead 18 Rfe1 puts black in a difficult position.
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