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Alexander Alekhine vs John Drewitt
"Almost Drewitt" (game of the day Jan-22-2010)
BCF-ch 16th Major Open (1923), Southsea ENG, rd 10, Aug-23
Zukertort Opening: Santasiere's Folly (A06)  ·  1-0



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Aug-23-09  futonchild: He got cute, then he got creamed
Aug-23-09  Nikita Smirnov: A typical double bishop sacrafice. Also called a Lasker (because he was first to make such a double bishop sacrafice). Great game. That is how chess shall be with many tactics.
Aug-23-09  WhiteRook48: after 22 Bxg7 f6 ( or f5) 23 Qh5 Kxg7 the best white has is perpetual check (23...Qxg7?? falls to 24 Rg3, winning the queen)
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  Peligroso Patzer: <WhiteRook48: after 22 Bxg7 f6 ( or f5) 23 Qh5 Kxg7 the best white has is perpetual check (23...Qxg7?? falls to 24 Rg3, winning the queen)>

It would, of course have been hopeless for Black to take the Bishop (22. ... Kxg7 23. Qg4+ and MATE IN TWO), but I agree with <WhiteRook48> that he should have tried 22. ... f6. After this move, White must play 23. Bh6 (rather than 23. Qh5) with this winning continuation: 23.Bh6 Qh7 24.Qh5 Bf8 25.Qg4+ Kf7 26.Bxf8 . Alekhine very likely would have found this, but resignation at move 22 was premature.

Note, however, that 22. ... f5 (an alternative suggestion in the post by <WhiteRook48> would allow 23. Be5 with an easy win, and therefore is a much weaker defensive try than 22. ... f6.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <WhiteRook48: after 22 Bxg7 f6 ( or f5) 23 Qh5 Kxg7 the best white has is perpetual check (23...Qxg7?? falls to 24 Rg3, winning the queen)>

Actually, after 22. ... f6 23. Qh5?, it would be a blunder for Black to play 23...Kxg7? since 24.Rg3+ forces mate.

On the other hand, although if Black plays 23. ... Qxg7! (again, in the line after 22. ... f6 23. Qh5?), then 24.Rg3 does win the Black Queen, he gets Rook, Bishop and pawn for it, and the position after the further 24. ... Qxg3 25.hxg3 is at least OK for Black.

As noted above, however, if 22. ... f6, then 23. Bh6! is winning for White.

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  kevin86: The pun was incorrect-Mr.Drewitt was lost when he sat at the chesstable.
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  arsen387: the funniest pun ever!
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  Phony Benoni: Same game and pun used on 8/23/09.
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  al wazir: 22. Qh5 f6 (what else is there?) 23. Bxa3 Qxa3 24. Qh8+ Kf7 25. Qxd8 also wins (as has already been pointed out).

The pun is a falsehood. Black never came close to a draw.

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  Jimfromprovidence: <RandomVisitor> says white missed 19 Bxh7+, winning, so what does white do do after 18...g6? Grind it out?

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  kevin86: Not close to a draw. White committed surgery on the king side.
Jan-22-10  Chessmensch: <Phony Benoni> Not according to the Chessgames. com archives that give Oct-23 Spidey Sense
Morozevich vs Adams, 2001
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  sneaky pete: <Chessmensch> That's right, October is month 8 of the old Roman calender.
Jan-22-10  drpoundsign: Drewitt made dumb sacs.

Alekhine mad smart ones.

Jan-22-10  RandomVisitor: After 18.Rf3 white has a commanding position:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.93] d=19 18...f6> 19.Rh3 g6 20.Bb5 Rcc8 21.Bxe8 Rxe8 22.Rc3 Rc6 23.Nf3 Rec8 24.Qd3 Rb6 25.Qd2 Rbc6 26.Nd4 Bxd4 27.exd4 Rc4 28.Rhe3

[+1.05] d=19 18...g6 19.Nb3 Bd6 20.Bf1 Bxa3 21.Bxa3 Qxa3 22.Ra1 Qb4 23.Nd4 Rc7 24.Rxa7 Rdc8 25.Ra1 Rc3 26.Qb1 Qe7 27.Ra7

[+1.24] d=18 18...Bb6 19.Nb3 g6 20.Rxc6 Bxc6 21.Nd4 Bd7 22.Qb3 Rc8 23.Nc2 f6 24.Rf2 Be8 25.Rf1 Kg7 26.a4

Jan-22-10  RandomVisitor: The winning 19.Bxh7+! only works due to the specific placement of pieces after 18...Bxa3.

At a critical point in the variations that follow, white can play Bxa3 and put pressure on the a3-f8 diagonal - either on the black king moving back to f8 or on the black queen coming over to e7 of f8 to assist in the defense.

This is why Bxh7+ does NOT work after a waiting move such as 18...a6. White cannot make the critical move Ba3 and apply the needed pressure along the diagonal, so the sacrifice fails.

Jan-22-10  WhiteRook48: so if he didn't play ...Bxa3 he wouldn't lose as quickly?
Oct-02-10  Wyatt Gwyon: wonder what this dude would be rated.
Apr-12-11  instrumentals: that's exactly what an amateur would say

takes a look at the amount of major pieces on the board...oh same!..i almost drew it!!!

black's pieces are in very bad positions, and he decides to sack the badly-placed Nd7 by Nxc5 when he should have moved that knight back to Nf6?

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  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Alekhine vs J Drewitt, 1923.
Your score: 50 (par = 37)


Nov-06-12  wildrookie: Almost Drewitt?? Naah...Alekhine's advantage was too big for that.
Jun-05-13  SeanAzarin: I think we can safely say that Drewitt... didn't.
Dec-25-13  celtrusco: 16 ... Nxc5 It was like to unleash Godzilla.
Jul-05-14  Travis Bickle: What a massacre!
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  RookFile: A problem with black's position is his bishop wasn't on some useful square like e7 or maybe f8. If black is not attacking (which he isn't), then that bishop should stick around the king.
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