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Augusts Gize vs Alexander Alekhine
16th Correspondence Tournament (1905) (correspondence), cr RUE, Sep-27
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1



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  Sneaky: Young Alekhine plays true to his style.
Sep-26-02  Chesset2002: Can't find 3.)...d5 in MCO or Emms. Only Nf6 and Qh4+. Seems interesting. Wonder what A.'s notes say.
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  Sneaky: I think that is a common move--or at least it was common, a hundred years ago. Here's some more examples:

Mongredien vs Morphy, 1859

Winawer vs Tarrasch, 1892

Dec-16-02  vision: hello
Dec-17-02  Vilkacis: Hello and welcome.
Dec-17-02  Kulla Tierchen: <Can't find 3.)...d5 in MCO or Emms> 3. Nf3 is the common move for white, but when white plays the text move 3…d5 is one of the reasonable replies by black. Steinitz preferred 3...Ne7.
Dec-17-02  Kulla Tierchen: I would say 4...Nf6 is the best move for black, but who I am I to argue with Alekhine!
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  patzer2: Aleknine initiates a nice six-move finishing combination with 26. ..Qe3+. After the last recorded move, 29. ..Kg1 30. Qg3+ Qg2 31. Qxg2# follows.
Oct-02-03  pawntificator: So 19 Qxe4 is no good, eh? How come?
Oct-02-03  crafty: 19. ♕xe4 ♕xe4 20. ♘xe4 ♘e2+ 21. ♔h2 ♘xf4 22. ♖f1 ♗xe5   (eval -1.86; depth 16 ply; 250M nodes)
Oct-02-03  drukenknight: 9 h4 looks a little too safe. what if 9 Bxf7+ QxB 10 Nxg5 Qf6 11 Nb5 or something.

it is a gambit after all, you are supposed to lose material.

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  patzer2: <drukenknight> Your recommendation of 9. Bxf7+ is an interesting alternative. Fritz 8 gives black only a small advantage after 9. ..Qxf7 [Not 9. ..Kxf7? 10. Ng5+ ]10. Nxg5 Qg6 11. Nf3 Bg4 12. Qd3 Kd8 13. Bxf4 Rf8 14. Ne2 Kc8 15. Kf2 Bxf3 (-1.09 @ 14 depth and 645kN/s). Still, white's position in your gambit here looks like it has possibilites and might be very playable -- at least against a human opponent.
May-25-04  dicksosa: patzer it is not 9... Kxf7 because 10. Ne5+ then either way 10... Bxe5 or 10... Ke8 11. Qxh5 and that's all of blacks queen.
Jul-29-04  chess4games: Early people makes different openings. Not like now. This is a good game.
Jul-29-04  chess4games: Alkhine played this game when he was 12 years old. Pretty amazing.
Aug-19-04  MrNatural: The D5 by Alkhine is known as The Bledow Var. (aka. Anderssen Ctr.-Attack) and was once very popular. Chessops says:"Black advances his QPawn to fork White's B+KP, giving back the earlier gambit (to equalise in development) with usually a good game for Black"
Nov-25-04  BadTemper: My heart hurts, I want to play like this.
Jan-04-05  MonsieurL: 23 Bxd8 is the end of it all... can white somehow manage better with 23 Qf2?
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  Phony Benoni: The position of White's king reminds me of this early Capablanca game, played when he was about the same age as Alekhine was here: J Corzo vs Capablanca, 1901
Mar-02-08  whiteshark: There is another Giese vs Alekhine corr. game acc. to db:

[Event "Earl tourn corr"]
[Site "Russia"]
[Date "1906.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Giese,A"]
[Black "Alekhine,Alexander"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "C47"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Qd4 Qe7 8.f3 d5 9.Bg5 0-0 10.0-0-0 Bc5 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Qa4 Be3+ 13.Kb1 d4 14.Ne2 c5 15.Nc1 Be6 16.Bc4 Rfb8 17.Nd3 Rb6 0-1

Mar-02-08  whiteshark: There is also an Alekhine vs Giese corr. game acc. to db:

[Event "Shakhmatnoe Obozrenie theme 16th corr"]
[Site "Russia"]
[Date "1905.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Alekhine,Alexander"]
[Black "Giese,A"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "C33"]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 f5 4.h4 Qe7 5.d3 fxe4 6.dxe4 Qxe4+ 7.Qe2 Qxe2+ 8.Bxe2 Nf6 9.Bxf4 c6 10.Nd2 d5 11.0-0-0 Bb4 12.Nb3 Ne4 13.Rf1 0-0 14.g4 a5 15.c3 a4 16.cxb4 axb3 17.a3 Na6 18.Rh3 Nxb4 19.Rxb3 c5 20.Nh3 Nc6 21.Rg1 Nd4 22.Re3 Nxe2+ 23.Rxe2 h5 24.Be5 hxg4 25.Nf4 Rf5 26.Bc7 Ra4 27.Rd1 Nf6 28.Ng6 Rc4+ 29.Kb1 Bd7 30.Ne7+ Kh7 31.Nxf5 Bxf5+ 32.Ka2 Be4 33.Rg1 d4 34.Be5 Bf3 35.Ree1 Ne4 36.Rxe4 Bxe4 37.Rxg4 d3 38.Rxg7+ Kh6 39.Rg1 Rc2 40.Rd1 Kh5 41.Bf6 1/2

Mar-02-08  whiteshark: Finally there is another Alekhine vs Giese corr. game acc. to db:

[Event "Earl tourn corr"]
[Site "Russia"]
[Date "1906.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Alekhine,Alexander"]
[Black "Giese,A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C29"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Qf3 f5 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.d4 Nb4 8.Kd1 c5 9.Nf4 g6 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Bxd7+ Qxd7 12.Be3 Bh6 13.Nd3 Nxd3 14.cxd3 Nxc3+ 15.bxc3 Bxe3 16.Qxe3 Qa4+ 17.Kd2 cxd4 18.Qxd4 Qxd4 19.cxd4 Rc8 20.Rhc1 Kd7 21.Ke3 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Rc8 23.e6+ Kd8 24.e7+ Kd7 25.Rxc8 1-0

May-29-11  balachandar: nice.
Mar-07-18  hemy: In the Latvian newspaper "Ventas Balss", 1939.11.23, page 23, mistake was made about the date of this game: "The current world champion Alechins as 13 years old boy in a Russian correspondence tournament. In 1903 he fought against A.Gize from Jelgava." Alekhine was born in 1892, so he was 13 years old in 1905, not in 1903.

This game was also published in Austrian newspaper "Tages-Post" (Linz) - 1931, May 2, p. 28. The article "Der Weltmeister als Fernspieler" ("World champion as a Corresponding games player") referring this game to the Russian corresponding tournament 1905-1906.

"Löufergambit, gespielt in einem russischen Ferntumier 1905 — 1906 A Giese — Mitau, A. Aljechin - Moskau."

Mitau is a German name for Latvian city Jelgava. (

Mar-07-18  hemy: This game started on September 27th, 1905 and ended on November 30th, 1906.

A. Alekhine, "Полное собрание партий" ("Full collection of games"), Russian chess house, 2008, vol. 1, game 1.

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