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Alexander Alekhine vs Oscar Conrad Mueller
Margate (1923), Margate ENG, rd 3, Apr-03
King's Indian Defense: Pomar System (E72)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-04  white pawn: What the heck? I've never seen a game where someone resigned BEFORE ANY PIECES WERE EVEN EXCHANGED! I don't understand, why'd Muller resign?
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  Gypsy: I am also stumped. Time? Sunstroke?
Aug-10-04  WMD: "Unfortunately the game against Muller is not complete, only the opening moves and final moves are available." (Skinner & Verhoeven)

The game resumes after White's move 23 in the following position:

ASCII: wKg1,Qd3,Ba3,g2,Rc1,f1,Pa2,c4,e5,f4,g3,h2/bKg8,Qa5,Bc8,g7,Rb8,e8,Pa7,c5,e3,f7,g6,h7

FEN: 1rb1r1k1/p4pbp/6p1/q1p1P3/2P2P2/B2Qp1P1/P5BP/2R2RK1 b - - 0 23

Remaining moves were 23...e2 24.Rfe1 Rd8 25.Bd5 Be6 26.Rxe2 Bf8 27.Qf3 Bg4 28.Qxg4 Qxa3 29.Rd1 Be7 30.f5 h5 31.Qxg6+ 1-0

Aug-10-04  suenteus po 147: <WMD & All> There's an interesting challenge for chess scholars the world round: Reconstruct the missing 12 moves between where the game begins and where it ends. Having a starting and end point, with fixed variables for how pieces can move and what's left, it's conceivable that you could reconstruct the missing moves and make it look natural. Of course you would never know if they were the right moves, even if they were logical.
Jun-03-05  jamesmaskell: Dunno about sunstroke. Margate in on the coast of England but its not usually that hot. There isnt much here anymore. We barely have a football club anymore.
Jan-03-07  myteacher34: it must be a joke! the game will be draw if black plays correct pieces.I think Muller is afraid of alekhine.So he had lost before the game started.
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  pawn to QB4: Hi suenteus - don't know if you'll recall setting the world this problem: <There's an interesting challenge for chess scholars the world round: Reconstruct the missing 12 moves>. I'll set the ball rolling with 12.d5 Nd4 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Nd1 d5 16.f3 dxc4 17.bxc4 Qa5 18.f4 c5 19.Nf2 Rb8 20.Rac1 Ng4 21. Nd1 Ne3 22.Nxe3 dxe3 23.e5 = your position above. Fritz 8 thought my stuff was borderline reasonable, I guess...and if this was the sequence you can understand why Alekhine suppressed it! The gap is just short enough for me to be fairly confident that I've got some of the moves, and the only reasonable explanation I can see for that pawn being on e3 has to do with a knight swap and White's last either Rac1 or e5. For anyone who wants to improve on my line, I found the most difficult bit being how to get rid of Black's d pawn without assuming someone made an absolute howler.
Feb-23-07  suenteus po 147: <pawn to QB4> Wow, blast from the past. Your line is impressive, it looks entirely plausible to me.
Jul-23-07  Resignation Trap: Here's the position after 11.Qd3 Ne6:

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The missing moves:

12.d5 Nd4 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Ne2 c5
16.b4 Qc7 17.bxc5 dxc5 18.Nf4 Rb8 19.Rac1 Ng4
20.Nd5 Qa5 21.f4 Ne3 22.Nxe3 dxe3 23.e5

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23...e2 24.Rfe1 Rd8 25.Bd5 Be6 26.Rxe2 Bf8
27.Qf3 Bg4 28.Qxg4 Qxa3 29.Rd1 Be7 30.f5 h5
31.Qxg6+ 1-0

Jul-23-07  Resignation Trap: I've been looking at games from Margate 1923 today. It was won by Gruenfeld, 5.5/7. Michell, Alekhine, Muffang, and Bogoljubov all went 4.5/7.

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