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Alexander Alekhine vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
"I Know it Was You, Fredo!" (game of the day Nov-29-2020)
Hastings (1922), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Sep-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  0-1



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  OhioChessFan: Does anyone else think 52...Kd3 looks a bit cheeky? Or am I the only one who'd have played Kf2 immediately?
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  drleper: <OhioChessFan: Does anyone else think 52...Kd3 looks a bit cheeky? Or am I the only one who'd have played Kf2 immediately?>

Hmm, I think 52...Kd3 is just the most direct way. If the white king steps aside, the black king moves in (to c2 or e2) and escorts the pawn home (or black can delay it with g5). Not that it really matters since it's all lost anyway, but aiming to force the d-pawn through seems fastest. Surprising that Alekhine gave Yates the satisfaction of playing that much of the ending out though, as it was obviously hopeless.

Feb-11-18  Grandma Sturleigh: <Stories say that from then on Alekhine would make a point of crushing Yates as painfully as he could when ever they played in revenge.>

Whatever the stories may say, <Yates> crushed <Alekhine> in this one: Alekhine vs Yates, 1923

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  fiercebadger: probably missed Rc3+
Jun-28-20  Howard: Interesting ! Didn’t realize that Alekhine had had a completely won game at one point.
Oct-27-20  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Is it really possible that Alekhine missed

33 Bg6 f5

34 Qh8+ Ke7

35 Qg7+ Kd8

36 Qf8+ Kd7

37 Qd6 mate ?

Oct-27-20  Granny O Doul: <N.O.F. NAJDORF> Possible, but I think it more likely that he saw 33...Qe3+ 34. Rf2 and assumed that with one White rook pinned and the other inactive, Black must be ok somehow.
Nov-29-20  Brenin: This game broke Alekhine's heart.
Nov-29-20  Ironmanth: Love the game, and the pun(!), though the latter is a bit of a stretch! "The Godfather" rules! Y'all stay safe out there today, and always. Have wonderful holidays.
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  perfidious: Maybe so, but AAA exacted retribution in the end.
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  HeMateMe: "Mike, you DON'T come to las Vegas and talk to a man like AA that way!"
Nov-29-20  offramp: For this game Yates won the brilliancy prize: a solid gold telephone.
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  RoseMei: I don't understand the pun. Please explain. Thanks.
Nov-29-20  acapo: Can someone explain why the advertisements keep popping up covering part of the board? this is really disturbing
Nov-29-20  Brenin: <RoseMei>: It's a quotation from the film "The Godfather, Part II". See the YouTube link above. The pun involves the names Fred Yates and Fredo Corleone.
Nov-29-20  SChesshevsky: After 47...b4, seems Fredo banging out passed pawns two at a time.
Nov-29-20  morfishine: This game title is sure to be a hit
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  maytintan: <acapo>
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  Knightf7mate: Ah!! Thanks those ads are worse than annoying
Nov-29-20  morfishine: This game title is sure to be a hit
Feb-04-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Yes, Granny.

I think I must have overlooked

33 Bg6 Qe3+

34 Kh1 Qh3+


34 Kh2 Qxe5+

and if

34 Rf2 Rc1 is crushing

Mar-26-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I can't believe I wrote,

'if 34 Rf2 Rc1 is crushing'!

I overlooked 35 Qxf7 mate!

It seems that Honza Cervenka's analysis, as well as my earlier one, of 33 Bg6, are sound.

Why indeed did Alekhine not play 33 Bg6 ?

Apr-10-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Maybe Yates would have answered 33 Bg6 as in the game and a draw would have resulted:

33 Bg6 Ke8
34 Rxf7 Rxf7
35 Qxf7+ Kd8
36 Qf8+ Kc7
37 Qd6+ Kb7
38 Bh5 Rc1
39 Qd7+


36 Rxd5+ exd5
37 Qxd5+ Kc7
38 Qd6+ Kb7
39 Be4+ Ka6

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  beatgiant: <N.O.F. NAJDORF> After your suggested 33. Bg6 Ke8 34. Rxf7 Rxf7 35. Qxf7+ Kd8, White has <36. Qxe6> with what looks like a huge advantage.
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  kingscrusher: Checking out this game because of this page:

B.H.Wood's column page 74 in particular....

"Yates many times British champion defeated Alekhine twice in immortal games....."

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