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Encounters with Alekhine
July 2007

Yet another truly remarkable contribution from WilhelmThe2nd

Alekhine playing Romanovsky (published in Niva magazine #12 March 21st, 1909 pg. 238)


'Novoye Vremya' chess column of 3rd (16th) November, 1909, concerning the Blumenfeld-Alekhine game

"No.1700 Philidor's Defence
From a match played in October of this year in Moscow.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nd7 4. b3(1) c6 5. Bb2 Qc7 6. Nbd2 Ne77. Be2 Ng6 8. O-O Be7 9. a4(2) O-O 10. Nc4 Rd8 11. Qc1(3) Nf412. Re1 Nxe2+ 13. Rxe2 f6 14. Nh4 Nf8 15. Ne3 Ne6 16. dxe5(4) dxe5 17. Nhf5 Bb4!(5) 18. c3 Nf4 19. Rd2 Bxf5 20. Nxf5 Bc5 21. b4Bf8 22. Rxd8 Rxd8 23. Qc2 Qd7 24. Rf1(6) Qd3 25. Qb3+ Kh8 26. Ng3h5! 27. Bc1(7) h4 28. Bxf4 exf4! 29. Nf5 h3! 30. Qe6(8) hxg2 31. Kxg2f3+ 32. Kg1 Qxf1+! 33. Kxf1 Rd1# 0-1

(1) The fullest possible development of the bishop.
(2) Probably, better was Nc4 immediately since the reply b7-b5 is not dangerous.
(3) This is not good; now Black gets good play. He ought to have played 11.Re1 (in order to answer ...Nf4 with Bf1) Nf8 12. h3 Bf6 13 Bf1 etc.
(4) By this White concedes that his whole system of defence has not succeeded.
(5) Threatening ...Nf4
(6) The best defence here was g3 or Ne3
(7) Necessary was h3-h4
(8) On f3 follows ...Qe2 with the threat of ...Rd2.



'Novoye Vremya' chess column of 27th Oct.(9th Nov.), 1908, concerning the Blumenfeld match


"Moscow. The young player A.A. Alekhine, of whom I have already spoken, again during his time abroad won a match from Bardeleben (+4=1) and played to a draw with Fahrni (+1-1=1), and has just won a match from Blumenfeld (+4=1). Now he is playing a match with Nenarokov, the champion of Moscow, until the first 6 won games. Judging from many opinions, Mr. Alekhine has both great talent and much love for the game. It weighs on the duties and responsibilities of Moscow chessplayers to give to him the opportunity to develop into a first class player."


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