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Alexander Alekhine vs Boris Verlinsky
"" (game of the day Feb-18-2013)
Odessa (1918)
Spanish Game: Exchange. Keres Variation (C68)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: <morfishine> I assume that Alekhine ensnared his opponent in a mating net.
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  HeMateMe: is an attack site.
Feb-18-13  rilkefan: I guess I don't surf much, didn't even know what an attack site is. My (bleeding-edgish) browser says's been reported to distribute malware. Assuming this is not some weird inappropriate joke on AA's style of play, I dunno if it's a great idea for cg to wave the name around when not everyone has an up-to-date browser.
Feb-18-13  morfishine: <FSR> We need some fresh pun ideas, you know, stuff like 'Control Ault Delete'
Feb-18-13  Abdel Irada: After 38. c4!, Verlinsky must have felt as though his king position had been hacked.
Feb-18-13  Abdel Irada: As for the website "," one tends to sense something fishy when one's browser redirects without warning from "www.[site]" to "ww2.[site]."
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  FSR: <morfishine> They can't <all> be classics.
Feb-18-13  Abdel Irada: <FSR: <morfishine> They can't <all> be classics.>

And why not, pray tell?

Feb-18-13  uldinch: if causes friction, how about 'Bor is Verlorensky'? Verloren in German means 'lost' or 'dead'
Feb-18-13  chessworm: Nice game. I don't the think pun's intention is to promote that site, rather to state that Boris has entered Alekhine's net :)
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  FSR: Alekhine plays the Keres Variation in this game, when Keres was age 2! And here I thought Reshevsky and Capablanca were prodigies.
Feb-18-13  backrank: In Chernev's 'Combinations: The Heart of Chess' the position after Black's 28th move is given, but with Black's QR on f8 rather than on c8. So I suspect that Black's 20th move had in fact been Rdf8 instead of Rdc8 as given here. Probably a mis-translation from descriptive notation or even an ambiguity: QR-B8 can mean QR-QB8 or QR-KB8 here. But I'm pretty sure that 20 .. Rdf8 has been played here; Rdc8 doesn't make much sense in this position:

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Then the position after Black's 28th move looks like the diagram in Chernev's book (p. 225 in the Dover ed.):

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And then there comes the grand combination starting with Nde4+

Feb-18-13  Castleinthesky: What type of net are we talking about? A fish net, a hair net, I just don't get it?
Feb-18-13  hez: Thought he would have escaped after 34...Kd4 but then comes 35. Re1! with two unstoppable threats of Mate in 1.
Feb-18-13  Marmot PFL: As in many early Alekhine games he struggles to find a good strategic plan, but when it came to exploiting mistakes by the opponent very few were better. Verlinsky was a good player, who beat Capablanca and Bogolubov and was awarded the title of Soviet Grandmaster. (This was later removed so that Botvinnik could be the first.)
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  Richard Taylor: The Nazi-lover and Capablanca-dodger got smashed!! Shows he was really a bunny...must have cheated in all his other games!!
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  Richard Taylor: "Castleinthesky: What type of net are we talking about? A fish net, a hair net, I just don't get it?"

Mating net.

Premium Chessgames Member Just to clarify: today's game & pun "" was voted favorably at our Pun Voting Booth. We have no idea what website is actually at and do not recommend it.
Feb-18-13  aliejin: To those interested in the life of Alekhine I recommend the next article ..
(In French, yes, but I guess it will not be difficult)

Especially his conduct in the first war .....
is simply outstanding

Feb-18-13  RandomVisitor: Black seemed to be fine up to 25...f5? - then began a downward spiral.
Feb-18-13  psmith: <backrank> must be right. <> can you verify this and correct it?
Feb-18-13  RandomVisitor: <psmith> has this game with the move 20...Rc8.
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  Phony Benoni: I checked various online sources, and all agree on the move 20...Rc8. Of course, that doesn't mean it's absolutely right, since online databases usually just copy other online databases without carefully checking every single move.

On the other hand, Chernev might be wrong too. The game would have originally been published in algebraic, which he would have translated to descriptive.

Admittedly Chernev's version seems to make a little more "sense", but we'd probably have to track down an original publication of the game, or at least one annotated by Alekhine himself. Any translation would be suspect.

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  kevin86: Wow! Mate in three with a pawn!
Dec-17-14  TheFocus: An off-hand game played in Odessa, Ukraine on October 22, 1918.
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