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Rodzynski vs Alexander Alekhine
"The Wayward Queen" (game of the day Oct-21-2011)
Exhibition game (1913), Paris FRA, rd 1, Sep-10
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: "I am not two rooks!"
Oct-21-11  andrewjsacks: Another of his suspect games, I'd say.
Oct-21-11  Gogia: would 13.cxd4 be better for white?
Oct-21-11  aliejin: "Another of his suspect games, I'd say."

Another of his brilliant games
I'd say !

Oct-21-11  erniecohen: <Alphastar/Euwe/Muhring After 13. cxd4 Qxc1+ 14. Ke2 Qxh1 white still would've been alive, however black would still have the best game: ... 2) 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Qd5+ Bd6 17. Qf7+ Kc8 18. Qxg7 Rf8 19. Qg3 Kb8 and the white position won't hold much longer (20. Qh3 Rg8)>

16. d5+ is the mistake here. 16. ♕xa7 with compensation

Oct-21-11  erniecohen: <LIFE Master AJ: 8...Be6; looks like a possible improvement for Black. However, I like the sacrifice, its very flashy and typical of the young Alekhine>

8...♗e6 is not just a possible improvement for Black; it's an outright win (9. ♕xb7 ♖b8). The sacrifice, which should have resulted in a draw, was a blunder, plain and simple.

Oct-21-11  erniecohen: Moreover, because he had already thrown away the forced win, 9...♔d7 is objectively no better than 9...♖c8 (e.g. 10. ♕xc6+ ♗d7 11. ♕b7 ♕g6 12. ♖g1 ♕h6 13. h3 ♗e7 14. ♕d5 c6 15. ♕c4 ♗e6 16. ♕e2 0-0 with compensation)
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  kevin86: When a queen goes on vacation,she is both useless and subject to attack. In this case,Alekhine uses that advantage to gain the decisive tempo to mate.
Oct-21-11  Calli: Added to Game Collection: Meine Besten Gef√§lschten Partien See section 3 for an explanation of why some question the authenticity of this game.
Oct-21-11  erniecohen: <kevin86> Except that in this case, the tempo wasn't decisive (see above).
Oct-21-11  theodor: <<Gogia>: would 13.cxd4 be better for white?> I agree
Oct-21-11  theodor: <1) 15. d5 Qxh2+ 16. Kd3 Qg1 17. Qc6+ Kd8 (Alekhine) and white is lost.> 18. Nb5?!
Oct-21-11  erniecohen: <theodor> I don't think your suggested move is legal. But the analysis is nonsense - the position is again even.
Oct-21-11  DarthStapler: @Albertan: Doesn't you first line just transpose to the game continuation?
Dec-29-11  The Diamond: <Darth> - I thought the same thing, that Albertan's suggested line of Hiarcs simply transposes. However, the difference, I think, is that Hiarcs' line of having the knight take on f7 first doesn't allow the reply 8. ... Be6.
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  tenorhighc: A wildly exciting game from the beginning!
May-12-15  hadi706: حریف آلخین یک غیر حرفه ای بوده ولیبازی جالبیه
May-21-16  randomo: I was just white in an ICC blitz game that copied this game through 6. ... Nh6. I remembered that we were following an Alekhine game through move 5; didn't recall his opponent also playing 6. Ng5. Anyway, I proceeded with 7. Qxb7, which Alekhine said would give Black sufficient compensation after Rb8. Went on to win a typical 3-minute tacticsfest. (Good thing I knew my history - otherwise, I might have gone into something tempting but bad like 6. Bxf7+.)
May-22-16  Inspirus18: Alekhine gave in his comments 13.cxd4 Qxc1+ 14.Ke2 Qxh1 15.d5 Qxh2+ 16.Kd3 Qg1! 17.Qc6+ Kd8 as better for black, yet modern computers claim that 18.Qa8+ Ke7 (d7) 19.Qc6 would actually force a draw, by repeating moves.
Dec-06-16  wilfredo munoz: This is one of those games which proves that tactics is best served hot, especially against someone who is in deep slumber.
Dec-06-16  wilfredo munoz: Has anyone come up with a delaying move like 19 Rf1 as shown?

Black to move:

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Dec-19-16  RKnight: <Alphastar> quoting Euwe says: "13. d3? This loses immediately. After 13. cxd4 Qxc1+ 14. Ke2 Qxh1 white still would've been alive, however black would still have the best game: 1) 15. d5 Qxh2+ 16. Kd3 Qg1 17. Qc6+ Kd8 (Alekhine) and white is lost. 2) 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Qd5+ Bd6 17. Qf7+ Kc8 18. Qxg7 Rf8 19. Qg3 Kb8 and the white position won't hold much longer (20. Qh3 Rg8)"

However. it seems to me that the simple 15. Qxa7 Qxh2+, 16. Kd3 Qf2, 17. Qa4+ Kd1, 18. de Qxf3+, 19. Kc2 de. 20 Nc3 and related lines starting with 15. Qxa7 lead to rough equality, negating the effects of the earlier Alekhine fireworks, inspired as they were.

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  sea7kenp: I think 7 d4 would have been better for White. Black might Castle Queen to protect his b Pawn and remove the Mate Threat from the f7 Pawn Pressure.
Jul-18-22  Alekchess: 13)----cxd4! draws with the best play on both sides. 13)----d3?? leads to the decisive Qxf3! O-1
Jul-18-22  Alekchess: Also, why 15) Qxh8? which leads to an immediate mate. Rather why not 15) Nd2! which leads to a formidable resistance, that is if both parties are of equal ability and it remains to be seen if black can win against a master level player with the position provided.
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