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Alexander Alekhine vs C Girard
Blindfold simul, 12b (1923) (blindfold), Cercle Philidor, Paris FRA, Feb-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack (D37)  ·  1-0

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Sep-02-10
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  GrahamClayton: One of the 12 games Alekhine played simultaneously blindfold at the Philidor Chess Club in early 1923.

Here is a report about the exhibition from the "West Australian", dated the 17th of April, 1923:

"CHESS PLAYER'S GREAT FEAT

A remarkable feat of chess has been accomplished by M Alexander Alekhine at the Phildor Chess Club, of Paris, where he played blinfolded against the best players in Paris and defeated eleven, the twelfth game ending in a draw. The players sat around a horse-shoe shaped table, while M Alekhine sat with his back to them in a corner of the room. To begin with, M Alekhine announced that he woudl allow each player to choose his own opening, and would open the attack in nay fashion they might select. After this he sat back with his eyes closed, and as each player called his move M Alekhine called back the reply. In no case did an opponent have to wait more than thirty five seconds for an answer. The first victory was recorded after two hours play, and others followed at intervals, until, after five hours, M Alekhine's only undefeated opponent was compelled to declare a draw. At the end of this effort M Alekhine declared that he felt no nervous strain and his mind was perfectly fresh. It was noted that throughout he had moved with less hesitation than his opponents had been able to do with their games before them."

Jun-08-15  TheFocus: This game is from a blindfold simultaneous exhibition in Paris, France on February 25, 1923 at the Cercle Philidor.

Alekhine scored + 11=1-0.

See La Strategie 1923, pg. 63.

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