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Dresden Seniors + Alekhine v Blackburne

They only played each other once.


Alekhine and Blackburne They met in St Petersburg in 1914.

Shortly after that St Petersburg was re-named Petrograd then
re-named Leningrad and then re-named St.Petersburg again.
Which must have been great if you were living there and sending
postcards to your friends. They would have thought you were moving
about the country when infact you never left your sitting room.

Here is the cross table of St.Petersburgh 1914.

Alekhine was White and Blackburne played a Bird's defence to the Lopez.
At the time Alekhine was yet to become the Alekhine we know and
Blackburne was no longer the great player he was.

Blackburne also tried the Bird v Capablanca in the same tournament
and got plucked by Capa in the style of Alekhine at his peak.

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0-0 g6 6.d3 Bg7 7.Nd2 Ne7 8.f4 c6 9.Bc4 d5 10.Bb3 0-0 11.Nf3 c5 12.e5 b5 13.c3 c4 14.Bc2 dxc3 15.bxc3 Qa5 16.Bd2 Bg4 17.d4 Qb6 18.Rb1 a6 19.h3 Bf5 20.g4 Bxc2 21.Qxc2 f5 22.Kh2 Nc6 23.Rg1 Nd8 24.gxf5 Rxf5 25.Nh4 Rh5 26.Nxg6 hxg6 27.Rxg6 Qb8 28.Rxg7+ Kxg7 29.Rg1+ Kf8 30.Qg6 Rxh3+ 31.Kxh3

Alekhine faced the Bird again in Moscow (it's still called Moscow), in 1919.
This game, Alekhine v Grigoriev, is well worth knowing.

One day you might be in one of them dreams where you have
to play a Vampire at Chess. If so then troop out this game.
On move 36 the Rook goes to f6 forming a perfect cross on the board.

That usually sorts them out.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Alekhine - N.Grigoriev

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0-0 c6 6.Bc4 Ne7 7.d3 d5 8.Bb3 dxe4 9.dxe4 Ng6 10.c3 Bc5 11.Qh5 Qe7 12.Bg5 Qxe4 13.Nd2 Qg4 14.Rae1+ Kf8 15.Qxg4 Bxg4 16.cxd4 Be7 17.f4 Bf5 18.Bxe7+ Nxe7 19.Rf3 Rd8 20.Rfe3 Rd7 21.Nc4 Be6 22.Ne5 Rxd4 23.Nxf7 Kxf7 24.Rxe6 Nd5 25.Re7+ Kf6 26.R1e6+ Kf5 27.Bc2+ Kxf4 28.Rxg7 Rf8 29.Rxh7 Ne3 30.Rh3 Nf5 31.Rf3+ Kg5 32.Re5 Rf4 33.Kf2 Rf6 34.h4+ Kg4 35.Rxf4+ Kxf4 36.Re4

I must have been dreaming about vampires recently because I wrote in SCOTTISH CHESS that
George Neave is a grading Vampire. He stands next to people and sucks away their grading points.
I think this is true, every time I've played him my grade has gone down.

If you have that dream were you are being eaten by a giant frog then another game...

(Enough of the dreams....get on with it....Ed)

Alekhine and Blackburne, Someplace in Russia, 1914.
By all accounts this was not a very exciting game.

I'll copy and paste what Fred Reinfeld had to say about
this game in his 1949 book 'The Unknown Alekhine'

Not a very promising introduction.
I've not got the foggiest idea what 'portentuos vicissitudes'
means but it does not sound too encouraging.
And yet when you play over the game you are throughly entertained.

In the Bird's defence to the Lopez the White player needs to keep
any eye on the Lopez Bishop. It can become marooned on the Queenside
hunted down by the Black Queenside pawns or left without a retreat.
This is not an common fate for a Lopez Bishop in the Bird. Germany 1992.

[Click here to replay the game]
Andreas Zinkl - Marti Riediger

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0-0 Bc5 6.d3 c6 7.Bc4 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.Re1+ Ne7 10.Bb5+ Kf8 11.Qh5 Qa5 12.Nd2 Qxb5

Alekhine lost his Bishop to a manoeuvre similiar to the above game in 14 moves.
So he resigned? No. Blackburne relaxed, Alekhine fought.

The proven wins are there in the Reinfeld notes but during the game
Blackburne, then aged 73 years, 51 years Alekhine's senior, missed them.
What a sight it must have been.

This famous battle scarred vetran a piece up trying to nail down a
slippery and imaginative young Alekhine as Lasker and Tarrasch looked on.

Capablanca was on civic duties that day. His brother Carlo Capablanca was
the manager of the Cuban Cable Car Company and on that very day St. Petersburg,
as it was known then, had just taken proud possession of 20 Cuban Cable Cars.

Capablanca, that is the chess playing Capablanca, was given the
honour of driving the first Cuban Cable Car around St. Petersburg.

Jacques Mieses, who was covering the chess event for 'Der Hutten Gluttenstruchen',
tried to take a picture of Capa driving this cable car but was infact run over.

Shaken but not too badly injured Mieses laughed it off.

"It was my turn to move." he joked on his way to the hospital.

I got an email asking me if I had moved house because I showed a picture
of me playing David Howell's picture in a different study area from a previous picture.

No. I have two places where I look up and cook up traps.

I've placed the latest CHESS in each picture to prove it's very recent.

In the above picture that piece of cardboard is to prevent captured
pieces from falling off the side of the table onto the floor.

See that red arrow. Well that is pointing to a tupperware bowl with 2
sets in it all exactly the same as the one on the board. When ever I drop a piece
or pawn on the floor I simply fish another out of the bowl. (fish-bowl...geddit?).

Does Mrs C. not complain about me taking up space for my chess stuff?

No. The trick is to give her other things to complain about.
The drinking, the gambling, selling off bits of furniture to buy chess books...etc..etc.
She concentrates on those and leaves my study places alone.

I play on the RHP site, usually in these one move per day games.
and I must show you this wee trap.
23.Kd2! setting a two move trap. My speciality.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - Smith79

1.e4 e5 2.d4 d6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.Nxe5 Be6 8.Bg5 Bb4 9.0-0-0+ Nbd7 10.Nxd7 Bxd7 11.Nd5 Be7 12.Nxe7 Kxe7 13.e5 Rhd8 14.exf6+ gxf6 15.Bf4 Be6 16.Bd3 c5 17.Rhe1 c4 18.Bxc4 Rxd1+ 19.Kxd1 Rd8+ 20.Kc1 Rd4 21.Bxe6 fxe6 22.Be3 Ra4 23.Kd2 Rxa2 24.Bc5+ Kf7 25.Ba3 b5 26.c3 a5 27.Kc2 b4 28.Kb3 bxa3 29.Kxa2

The joy there is the wait.
"Will he fall for it?" I love the anticipation of it all.

The Dresden 2010 Seniors

This was a great success for the Scottish team consisting of
Craig Pritchett, Gerald Bonner, Alastair White and Alan Borwell.

They came 10th. (actually 6th= but 10th on tie break).

(You have forgotten to show the Alekhine - Blackburne game....Ed)

(It's crap that's why.)

Yes at a time when our teams of GM's can only muster mid table
lack lustre results, up comes the old guard to proudly fly the Saltire.

10th out of 78 is actually a really wonderful acheivement.

Here is a pic of the boys in Germany.

Those wee people in the car are elves they picked up in the Black Forest.

C.Pritchett(2366) - N.Mishuchkov (2396)
The final position with the Knights on d5 and e6 is delightful.

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C.Pritchett - N.Mishuchkov

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 c5 4.Bxc4 Nc6 5.0-0 e6 6.Re1 Nf6 7.e5 Nd7 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Qe2 a6 10.Qe4 Qc7 11.Bb3 g6 12.d3 b5 13.Bg5 Bb7 14.Qh4 Bxg5 15.Nxg5 h6 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Nxe6 Qc8 18.Ne4 Qb8 19.Nd6+

Those Knights are tremendous. Mishuchkov will be having Knightmares.


Please don't be fooled by that game. Black played a few loose moves.
The standard of play was very high as you can see for yourself by
going to the Dresden 2010 website and down loading the games.

(I thought Scotland sent two teams.....Ed)

Indeed they did.
Team 2: Hugh Flockhart, George Murphy, Siegrun MacGilchrist and James Macrae.

They finished 78th.

Craig's exciting Knights reminded me of a 'Bullet Chess' game I was sent recently.

I hate Bullet Chess. (one minute per game) It's often ugly, totally pointless, 90% of the
games are won on time and played over the net it is often the guy with the best kit wins.

However this one has an instructive point.
it's between two 2200 players and Black's 4th move is obviously a 'mouse slip'.

Mouse Slip: Excuse used by Bullet Chess players when they make a blunder.

But here I think it is. 4...d6 is the move. You cannot leave that Knight
unchallenged on e5 in the Latvian else disaster is just a few mouse slips away.

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HeinzKat - Latvian Giant

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d5 5.Nc3 dxe4 6.h4 Nc6 7.Bg5 Qd6 8.Nb5 Qb4+ 9.c3 Qxb2 10.Nxc7

And now this.
Peter Tart - Robert Kane, Uxbridge, 2010.
Both players appear to have had a pre-game agreement.
"Who can have the most pieces hanging."
Play it our on auto-pilot and try and to figure what is happening.

[click here and enjoy the ride]
Peter Tart - Robert Kane

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Nf6 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Qe1 Bxf3 10.Rxf3 Qc7 11.d5 cxd5 12.Bxd5 Bc5 13.Kh1 Ne5 14.Nb5 Qb6 15.Bxc5 Nxf3 16.Bxb6 Nxe1 17.Nc7+ Kd7 18.Bxb7 axb6 19.Nxa8 Rb8 20.Rd1+ Ke7 21.Nxb6 Rxb7 22.Nc8+ Kf8 23.Rd8+ Ne8 24.Rxe8+ Kxe8 25.Nd6+ Kd7 26.Nxb7 Nxc2

And after all that with both players no doubt totally
knackered they agreed a draw. incredibly material is level.

We end with this bloody thing.

I said I would get 10 emails saying it was wrong. I got 11.

Black's last move must have been g7g5. So 1.hxg6 EP Kh5 2.Rxh7 mate.

A lot thought I had the board around the wrong way when there is a simple mate in 2.
I never realised this until the emails started flooding in.

I will give you another.

The board is the correct way round.

These two players have the same occupation. What is it?

No joke. This has a genuine and logical solution and now a clue.

White is playing up the board and Black is playing the down the board.

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