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Herbert Weil vs Alexander Alekhine
"Al's well that ends Weil" (game of the day Jul-14-2020)
3rd General Government (1942), Lublin POL, rd 6, Oct-18
Zukertort Opening: Quiet system (A04)  ·  0-1

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Mar-04-17
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  MissScarlett: <Al's well that ends Weil>
Jul-14-20
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  HeMateMe: Deep and thoughtful, I don't think anyone else could ever have thought up this phrasing. Brilliant, yet subtle.

Clearly, this should win best pun of the year. In fact, It should be submitted in a contest for 'best pun of all time.'

Jul-14-20  Scuvy: The finish of this game can be found in Keres ' and Kotov 's book "The Art of the Middle Game."
Jul-14-20  offramp: <HeMateMe: Deep and thoughtful, I don't think anyone else could ever have thought up this phrasing. Brilliant, yet subtle. Clearly, this should win best pun of the year. In fact, It should be submitted in a contest for 'best pun of all time.'>

I was thinking that it could be entered in a contest for the greatest use of language in any context whatsoever since humans first uttered sounds.

Jul-14-20
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What a great display of the power of the initiative in chess, perhaps the most intangible aspect of the game. Black had already equalized after 5 moves; 6.Nc3?! allows ...c5 which threatens ...d4 and maybe even ...d3. After that, Alekhine found threat after threat to keep White from castling, the Queen in a corner, and the Rh1 out of play.
Jul-14-20
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  al wazir: It ended vilely for Weill.
Jul-14-20
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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
But how can we make that work? <Al-Weill that ends vile> doesn't quite scan.
Jul-14-20
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  perfidious: <An Englishman....After that, Alekhine found threat after threat to keep White from castling, the Queen in a corner, and the Rh1 out of play....>

Certainly he was the stylistic forerunner of Tal and Kasparov, demonstrating an extraordinary feel for the initiative.

Jul-14-20  Atking: 11.Bc4 with 12.0-0 looks more natural. For if 11....Qe4 12.0-0 cxd 13.exd Bg4 14.d5 Rad8 (14...Ne5?! 15.Re1! NxN+ 16.gxN Qxf3 17.Qd4+ with 18.Be2 xBg4) 15.Qc1! Nd4 (15...BxN?! 16.dxN Bxg2 17.f3 Bxf3 18.Qc3+ xB) 16.NxN QxN /7.h3 Bf5 18.Rd1 White has pleasant edge.
Jul-14-20  Axel1940: They were playing chess in Lublin in 1942??? Was Alekhine a Nazi stooge?
Jul-14-20
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  al wazir: < beatgiant: But how can we make that work? <Al-Weill that ends vile> doesn't quite scan.>

That's not my problem. I'm on the pedant team, not the pun team. Weill is a German name If he was German or Polish, as seems likely, he would have pronounced his name as "Vile," not "Wile."

The circumstances under which this game was played are rather striking. In 1942 there was a war going on. Poland had been occupied three years earlier by the Germans, who were then in the process of invading the Soviet Union (https://www.histclo.com/essay/war/w...), of which Alekhine was a citizen. Lublin is near Poland's border with the Ukraine, which was then a Soviet republic. So why was he playng in a chess tournament taking place within territory occupied by the enemy of his own country?

Alekhine was a Nazi sympathizer, if not an out-and-out Nazi. The Soviet chess authorities anathematized and excommunicated him. All of his tournament play from 1942 through 1945 was in Nazi-controlled countries or in Franco's Spain, which was neutral but also fascist. (See Alexander Alekhine.)

Jul-14-20  greed and death: <al wazir: Lublin is near Poland's border with the Ukraine>

Its important to note that prior to the German-Soviet partition of Poland and the post-WWII Russian theft of Polish land, Lublin was firmly in the center of Poland, not on the eastern edge as it is now.

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Jul-14-20
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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
Alekhine was a French citizen since 1927, anathematized by the USSR since 1928 due to reports in the press that he gave an anti-Bolshevist speech, served in the French army against the Germans in 1939-40, and made attempts to flee to the US and Cuba in 1940. The main "Nazi stooge" case against him is his anti-Semitic writings in Pariser Zeitung (which were indeed terrible).

In my opinion, mere playing in tournaments in German-occupied Europe isn't proof of a political position. For example Karel Hromadka played in one of the same tournaments as Alekhine in 1942, but in 1945 was in the Prague Uprising.

I'll take any further replies on this topic on the Alexander Alekhine page.

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