chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
George Alan Thomas vs Alexander Alekhine
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 10, Apr-28
Alekhine Defense: Maroczy Variation (B02)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 29 times; par: 102 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 12 more G A Thomas/Alekhine games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can make these tips go away by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page. Simply check the option "Don't show random tips on game pages." and click the Update Profile button at the bottom.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
May-06-03  Larsker: According to Nimzowitch's "My System" this game goes on for a couple of more moves.

52. a3xb4, Ra4xa2. 53. b4xa5, Ra2xb2. 54. Resigns.

Nimzo gives 51. -, b5-b4 an exclamation mark. "As natural as this move may seem, every connaisseur realizes appreciatively that this breakthrough has no other purpose than to render the disturbing Bc3 impossible. This modest let's-not-have-it-all-in-one-go is the most beautiful sign of a true champion!" (My translation).

Jul-04-04  dac1990: Alekhine thinks otherwise; in his book he says that move 51 is last.
Jul-05-04  sneaky pete: <dac1990> Only in the English translation of his book. In the original "Auf dem Wege zur Weltmeisterschaft 1923-1927" after 51... b4! AA writes "and black resigned after a couple of further moves". Of course 51... b4 is such a fine move that Thomas should have resigned at this point.
Jun-10-05  WMD: G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925 is a duplicate, with the significant discrepancy being that Alekhine's 12th move was apparently 12...Qc6.
Oct-23-05  lopium: What and end!
Feb-18-07  ChessDude33: A very enjoyable game by Alekhine. It is rather mesmerizing to see Alekhine dance around his opponents pawns.
Aug-20-07  sanyas: A clinic on exploiting weak pawns and a space advantage in general. This is a game that could have been played by Nimzowitsch.
Apr-01-08  Knight13: Alekhine squeezed a3 to death.

But this Alekhine Defense is very different from the rest. Black usually plays ...d5 instead of ...c5.

Jan-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: After 5..Bg7 the game had transposed into a rare sideline of the Grand Prix Attack of the Sicilian. Still, 5 c4 followed by Nc3 looks more active for White. White's setup doesn't look very promising but does he really have to play 9 exd? After this decision Black looks clearly better. 18 c4 got rid of White's backward pawn but created other weaknesses; 18 f5!? was an alternative. White avoided playing d4 as long as possible but after that he got destroyed on the light squares.
Feb-18-13  Ulhumbrus: 9 exd6 concedes space to Black. An alternative is 9 c3 followed by Qc2 as in the Philidor defence.

14 Nxd4 contracts a backward c pawn. An alternative is 14 Nc4 with perhaps Nf3-e5 and Be2-f3 to follow

Feb-19-13  Calli: 52.axb4?? With all of Black's pieces bunched on the Q side, White can look for mischief elsewhere. For instance, 52.Rf1 bxa3 53.Bc3 Rb5 54.Rf6 is not so easy to win.


click for larger view

May-15-18  ChessHigherCat: G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF ALEKHINE.
Your score: 123 (par = 97)

So, I don't think it's because I'm incapable of understanding Alekhine's "great genius", but once again I was colossally bored with the sadistic anaconda strangulation style. It's all horribly constipated, how anybody can be fascinated by this stuff is beyond me.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
2.d3. Thomas' 22.d4? is bad. 22.f5! equalizes
from Alekhine plays Klyatskin's Defense by Calli
Part III - Illustrative games
from Nimzovich's My System - Part III Illustrative Ga by chevalierviolet
Alekhine Defense: Maroczy Var (B02) 0-1 Sequence change-up
from Queenside Attacks, Mates & Resignations B FTB by fredthebear
Alekhine
by EmanuelLasker
White Reversed Philidor Indians Old and Young
by fredthebear
Game 108
from My Best Games of Chess (Alekhine) by igiene
Chess training for post-beginners
by malko
How to Meet 2.d3, Nice Tactical Finish
from Why did Black play that funny Knight move? by Mating Net
Round 10 April 28th
from Baden Baden 1925 by Benzol
Strong play on open files
from the most instructive classic games by Southernrun
"Auf dem Wege zur Weltmeisterschaft 1923-1927"
from Short games by masters by Southernrun
Key Squares
from Positional Chess Handbook I by CoachTatiana
26
from Alekhine: On the road to the World Championship by Chessdreamer
Game #8
from My Best Games Of Chess 1924-1937 by A. Alekhine by SantGG
Strong play on open files
from the most instructive classic games by Atsa
Game 108
from My Best Games of Chess (Alekhine) by daveyjones01
Game #8
from My Best Games Of Chess 1924-1937 by A. Alekhine by nakul1964
Game 11
from My System (Nimzowitsch) by isfsam

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC