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Alexander Alekhine vs Milan Vidmar
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 13, Mar-24
Semi-Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D30)  ·  0-1



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Nov-24-04  kostich in time: In my best games of chess, Alekhine says, of SanRemo 1930,( Iquote from memory) "25 years of experience against the Yugoslav grandmaster have taught me to beware of 'tactical tricks" after I had strategically outplayed him.". This game features such a'tactical trick"..Bb7!!. This game helped cost Alekhine first place at Semmering 1926, while Vidmars excellent third,(One of several Vidmar thirds) helped make him, briefly, acontender for the world title, and got him invited to New York 1927
Apr-17-10  STUNT: Great play bye Vidmar. Respect!
Dec-27-10  paladin at large: Vidmar, in his memoirs, wrote that he would never forget Alekhine’s reaction of agony after he, Vidmar, played 52…f5. In noticeable lightly violent agitation, and without taking his eyes from the chessboard, Alekhine began fumbling in his paper bag next to the board, trying to find a cigarette; Alekhine’s hair fell forward over his tortured forehead. Vidmar held out a cigarette of his own, which Alekhine was unable to take because he did not lift his eyes from the board. Vidmar stuck the cigarette in Alekhine’s mouth. Alekhine continued to fumble in his bag in vain, without looking, for a match. Vidmar then lit the cigarette for him. Alekhine drew heavily from the cigarette two, three times, visibly relieved at the nicotine. Finally, Alekhine determined to complete the remaining moves, a shadow of his demonic, untamable self.

An eight hour battle and beautiful game by Vidmar.

Dec-27-10  paladin at large: According to Vidmar, Alekhine completed the game with a blunder, 59. Qa4?? Nxa4, whereupon Alekhine resigned.
Dec-27-10  aliejin: I Think alekhine with 44 a5 !
gets a deserved win
Sep-22-12  brankat: Funny, I thought Dr.Vidmar was fully deserving of winning this great game.
Sep-22-12  aliejin: This is a great game of chess ....
. both players showed a very high chess ..... But Alekhine played a chess more proactive (this is a constant in Alekhine) and 44 a5 have given the natural result .... without diminishing the great Vidmar resources
May-12-15  Howard: So 44.a5 would have led to a forced win ?
May-12-15  Retireborn: <Howard> No, after 44.a5 it is just unclear, I think, although it's optically good for White with his passed pawn.

44.Qb8+ is a blunder because both White's K-side pawns will fall.

Vidmar had the advantage earlier in the game, and with 23...f6 (instead of 23...Nf6) would have won more smoothly, according to Houdini.

May-13-15  aliejin: What is truly remarkable about this game, as in many others, is the purposeful chess of Alexander Alekhine.

Always valuing not only the sport aspects
but also artistic.
Few, very few chess masters in history, played in this way as a rule

Nov-19-17  simaginfan: I have posted Vidmar's notes here
Jul-11-19  Retireborn: <simaginfan> I finally(!) got around to playing through those games properly, and I notice that Vidmar says "On 39.Rxd5 Black simply plays 39...Qxf3". But this fails to 40.Rxh5 - it would be a great pity if Vidmar had fallen for this cheapo!

I do have a question about the last two games, according my Chessbase data it was Vidmar junior who played in the 1946 Zagreb tournament. Do you have a resource which says otherwise? TIA

Feb-27-21  simaginfan: Apologies for the long absence!! Just checked. Although the games are given by the Yugoslav author Petrovic as by Vidmar Senior, Chess metrics has Vidmar Jr. as the player in that tournament. Great spot!!! Will try to find more, and correct the article if necessary. Thanks mate!👍
Mar-22-21  sudoplatov: Stockfish calls 20.Ne5 a losing blunder (score drops about 3 pawns.) 20...Ne5 followed by ...Bc5 is better than giving up the Bishop.

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