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Alekhine was drunk!
Compiled by Calli

Alternate Title: "How to Impress your Fellow Kibitzers."

"I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on." Oscar Levant

In this collection, Chessgame kibitzers identify games where Alekhine and other players were drunk. If you can't think of anything to say, always leave an "Alekhine was drunk" comment. Everyone will think you are a clever and informed person.


The Careful Cat: "Maybe they were drunk"
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1932 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

SnoopDogg: "Alekhine was drunk all the time"
R A J Meijer vs Euwe, 1923 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 0-1

aw1988: "I think he was drunk in 1909"
Alekhine vs P Romanovsky, 1909 
(C26) Vienna, 41 moves, 0-1

RookFile: "Maybe Alekhine was drunk."
Alekhine vs C J Barry, 1938 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

Sylvester: "Is this the game where Alekhine was drunk?"
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

guidomiguel: i would like to know when alekhine was not drunk
Alekhine vs R E McBride, 1932 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 56 moves, 0-1

OhioChessFan: "Alekhine must have had a few too many"
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1937 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

aw1988: "Alekhine was so drunk he castled directly into mate!"
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 41 moves, 1-0

shakespeare918: "alekhine has been known to drink alot."
Alekhine vs Russian Team, 1932 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

MoonlitKnight: "How drunk was Alekhine when this happened?"
Alekhine vs J A Solares, 1932 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 34 moves, 0-1

Kotov: "This was delirium! Alekhine's drunkenness"
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 36 moves, 1-0

Marius: "perhaps he has a little drunk..."
Alekhine vs L Puharre, 1926 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

iron maiden: "Overrated? No. Drunk? Probably."
Alekhine vs C de Montmartre, 1925 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 37 moves, 0-1

tpstar: "Anyone else think AAA was drunk for this one?"
Alekhine vs R Zesati, 1929 
(C10) French, 37 moves, 1-0

AlexanderMorphy: too much alekhole for alekhine!
F J Perez Perez vs Alekhine, 1943 
(C25) Vienna, 12 moves, 1-0

catfriend: "AA resigned just because he was drunk!"
Alekhine vs Ecole Polytechnique Paris, 1925 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 0-1

Gregor Samsa Mendel: "a serious boozer"
Znosko-Borovsky vs Alekhine, 1925 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

PVS: "Alekhine must have been drunk again"
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

EmperorAtahualpa: "This game reeks of alcohol!"
Alekhine vs D Kirk, 1924 
(C28) Vienna Game, 26 moves, 0-1

suenteus po 147: "Alekhine was a drunk"
A Evenson vs Alekhine, 1916 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

OhioChessFan: Alekhine never could handle his alcohol.
Alekhine vs Claret, 1935 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 44 moves, 0-1

Kulla Tierchen: "Drunken Exhibition"
Alekhine vs P de Unamuno, 1944 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

positionalgenius:beat a half-drunk Alekhine [Which half?]
Spassky vs Karpov, 2006 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

PinkZebra: "He must of been drunk!"
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 70 moves, 1-0

Sylvester: "This is game ten, this is where the binge began!"
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

morpstau: showed up late and intoxicated to every match game
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

Kulla: longer the match went, the longer he had to stay sober
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Ralston: prolonged heavy drinking
Alekhine vs F Lupi, 1946 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

kevin86: Mr. Alcohine-who did some serious drinking
B Blumenfeld vs Alekhine, 1908 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

HailM0rphy: "human as his second, not a bottle of whiskey."
Levenfish vs Alekhine, 1913 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Phony Benoni: " a bit of vodka flowing. How else to explain"
Alekhine vs Diurnbaum, 1910 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

drunknight II: drank too much this may be your best evidence
Alekhine vs D Spitzer, 1930 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 39 moves, 0-1

bishop: "Alekhine had finished a bottle of Vodka"
Dake vs Alekhine, 1932 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 38 moves, 1-0

kevin86: man with an obvious alcohol problem
Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

TrueFiendish: Alekhine's drunkenness?
S Factor vs Alekhine, 1932 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

TrueFiendish: Too much champagne,
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

Whatthefat: weary excuse of Alekhine's alcoholism
Alekhine vs James Madison HS, 1932 
(C47) Four Knights, 45 moves, 0-1

Sylvester: "Against Capa he would have to play sober"
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

grook: " troubled by alcoholism"
Alekhine vs A Love, 1923 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

Calli: I heard Euwe was drunk! ;->
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1921 
(C26) Vienna, 12 moves, 1-0

luzhin: Svidler really should stop drinking
Anand vs Svidler, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 21 moves, 1-0

Sularus: "..alekhine was also an alcoholic) LOL"
Alekhine vs Saemisch, 1923 
(B30) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

setebos: "Maybe AA had a few drinks"
Alekhine vs E Gomez, 1941 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

M. Shaune: "Alekhine was a known alchoholic."
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1913 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves

setebos: Was Alekhine having shots of Amontillado as he played
Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1944 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kevin86: "Alekhine must have been on a binge"
Alekhine vs Reti, 1922 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

"had a blood alcohol level higher than most beers"
Korchnoi vs Balashov, 1971 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

"Gligoric was plastered!"
Fischer vs Gligoric, 1966 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Wolfgang01: "even when he had a glass to much"
Alekhine vs E Solomon, 1929 
(B40) Sicilian, 53 moves, 0-1

refutor: i just wanna know how many vodkas alekhine had in him
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Kevin86: "AA,(boy those are ironic initials!)"
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937  
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 1-0

kevin86: A.A. (how ironic initials) was probably in a bag
Alekhine vs O Rocas, 1939 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 24 moves, 0-1

kevin86: "attack as good as anybody!! Not to mention,drink"
Alekhine vs NN, 1911 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

dk:"standing in for him...while Alek. was looking for a drink"
Alekhine vs D Vedensky, 1929 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

ArturoRivera: "perhaps Alekhine was drunk"
P Potemkin vs Alekhine, 1912 
(B20) Sicilian, 19 moves, 0-1

soberknight: "Bill Wall once nicknamed Alekwine"
Burn vs Alekhine, 1911 
(C13) French, 82 moves, 1-0

TrueF:" wasn't drunk that day" [the only game the DB!]
Alekhine vs Mendelevic, 1930 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

wolfmaster: "Clearly, Alekhine was drunk."
F Lupi vs Alekhine, 1946 
(C10) French, 48 moves, 1-0

pawntificator: "he was drunk. Or he was drunk at a simul."
Alekhine vs E Gruer, 1929 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Benjamin Lau: "unless he was drunk unfortunately"
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1936 
(A92) Dutch, 38 moves

Moondoll: "Maybe Alekhine was drunk?"
Alekhine vs M Reiner, 1931 
(C10) French, 33 moves, 0-1

waldorf: "black ..suddenly he was drunk as hell at the time"
Pillsbury vs E Chatard, 1900 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Mooceres:Alekhine had to go in cold sober and lost horribly.
Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 73 moves, 1-0

kevin86: blind drunk!
C Jepson vs McShane, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 86 moves, 1-0

Spitecheck: "like Alekhine he was drunk"
de Riviere vs Morphy, 1863 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 1-0

Everexcel:"each player had to pound a 5th of vodka"
R Blau vs A Ammann, 1993 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik: he drank a whole bottle of wine before dinner
Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1936 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

Calli "Alekhine was under the Influyente!"
Alekhine vs Bons, 1943 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 0-1

darth: pillsbury ...hungover or just plain drunk
Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1896 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Riverbeast: I think Fischer must have been drunk
Fischer vs H Dondis, 1964 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1914 
(C26) Vienna, 21 moves, 1-0

TrueFiendish: Maybe HP was too tanked up on whisky to start
Pillsbury vs A Ettlinger, 1893 
(C14) French, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

assume that he was drunk
H Mueller vs Duchamp, 1928 
(A28) English, 10 moves, 1-0

chillowack: looks like one of Alekhine's "drunk" games
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

a pun and plenty of drunk kibitzing
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 27 moves, 0-1

markwell: Vodka
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

kevin86 - irony of Alexander Alekhines's initials
Heath / Spankie / Griffith vs Alekhine, 1923 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

kevin86 - Nimzo might have gotten Alex drunk here.
Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

JMJ565X: and he got wasted
Alekhine vs A Romashkevich, 1906 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Sneaky - hitting the sauce for this game
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 46 moves, 1-0

TheOutsider: Alekhine was drunk?
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1927 
(A09) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

HeMateMe Is this the game where AAA was found drunk in a field
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

kevin86:Did he drink too much? Did he not drink enough?
Alekhine vs K Treybal, 1923 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

29-board simul +23-4=2 "Alekhine's got to be drunk again"
Alekhine vs Kukovec, 1930 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 0-1

one of his legendary benders
Alekhine vs W F Wertheim, 1933 
(B50) Sicilian, 25 moves, 0-1

L Engels vs Alekhine, 1936 
(D85) Grunfeld, 67 moves, 1-0

slomarko: maybe AA was drunk when he planned that adjournament
D Przepiorka vs Alekhine, 1922 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 69 moves, 0-1

kevin86: kiss and make up? or too much booze?
Alekhine vs F Kiss, 1927 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 39 moves, 0-1

morfishine: I think he was still drunk.
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Want fries with that?
V Buerger vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1-0

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