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Walter Michel vs Alexander Alekhine
"The Price is Right" (game of the day Oct-17-2005)
Berne (1925), Berne SUI, rd 1, Mar-01
Indian Game: Spielmann-Indian (A46)  ·  1-0



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Oct-26-03  John Doe: yeah, but Alekhine was on the receiving end of this :p
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  beatgiant: I think Alekhine overestimated his position. Black should have taken the perpetual check with 25...Bh2+ and 26...Bg3+, etc. If he wanted to play for a win, then 23...Nxh3+ was premature. Maybe he should first build up the attack with something like 23...Nfe4 or 23...Re4.
Oct-17-05  khense: The answer may be that Alekhine should have had six drinks before the game instead of eight.
Oct-17-05  mynameisrandy: It was a simul.
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  al wazir: <mynameisrandy: It was a simul.> Michell was too strong to play in a simultaneous. (And note that he had the white pieces.) The CG database has another game between Alekhine and Michell in 1925, evidently from the 1925 Hastings tournament, which was certainly not a simultaneous. In Kotov's book _Alekhine's Chess Legacy_ it says that Alekhine played in a tournament in Berne in 1925 and lost one game. This one?
Oct-17-05  Calli: Alekhine's opponent was Walter Michel It is a real tournament game, but the correct game is W Michel vs Alekhine, 1925 The moves are mixed up in this duplicate game.
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  al wazir: <beatgiant: I think ... Black should have taken the perpetual check with 25...Bh2+ and 26...Bg3+, etc.> You're right, that would have been better. I think it may even win: 25...Bh2+ 26. Kh1 Bg3+ 27. Kg1 Ne4. Now 28. Qxg3 or fxg3 loses the queen. White's best may be 29. Qxf8+ Rxf8 30. fxg3 Nxg3 31. Bxg3 Qxg3+. Black has a Queen and three pawns for a rook and two knights, and white still has to worry about checkmate.
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  Sneaky: <Alekhine's opponent was Walter Michel> Drat, a perfectly good pun gone to waste.

Oct-17-05  Bobwhoosta: I like queen's pawn games wherein black plays c5 before white's c4, they tend to be much sharper than queen's gambits.
Oct-17-05  pawntificator: Al wazir, I think white still wins in that line: 25...Bh2+ 26. Kh1 Bg3+ 27. Kg1 Ne4 and then perhaps 28 Qg2 might work well. But there may be a clever refutation. I haven't looked too closely.

Sneaky...heh heh, you always cut straight to the heart of the matter.

Oct-17-05  weary willy: < <Alekhine's opponent was Walter Michel> Drat, a perfectly good pun gone to waste.>

A Walter wall carpeting?

Oct-17-05  Bobak Zahmat: Nice game! Alekhine has many weak points in this game.
Oct-17-05  malbase: IN 1933 Alekhine played Reginald Michell at Hastings and won 1-0. According to Chessgames:
Reginald Price Michell v Alekhine at Margate 1923
drew Alekhine.
Michell by the way was a chess editor.
The game in question was not Reginald Michell but
W Michell.
Oct-17-05  mynameisrandy: <al wazir>, oh, you're right. That 01 in the score must mean the round number. I thought it was a board number.
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  kevin86: Alekhine attacked too soon in this one.In this game,it was white who had the deadly counter.
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  OhioChessFan: 23....Re4 looks preferable to the immediate Nxh3.
Oct-17-05  THE pawn: Alekhine definitely overevaluated his own position. By the way, is it not W Michell, and thus the pun is not longer correct. ( since it wasn't good hehe, it doesn't matter.)
Oct-17-05  Phoenix: <The answer may be that Alekhine should have had six drinks before the game instead of eight.>

Or eight instead of six.

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  TheAlchemist: <Sneaky> Don't worry, there are many more candidates:

Not to be vain or anything, but I have already used it, albeit in a slightly different way:

K Price vs C Meier, 1984

Oct-17-05  bishopawn: Lesson is: keep at it until the end, even against a world champ. How many would have resigned without fighting back?
Oct-17-05  Calli: <weary willy> The Price was wrong :-)

BTW- Now we have a duplicate game. Horrors!

Oct-17-05  alexandrovm: nice attacking chances on both sides of the board, then Alexander blunder, I guess by move 23. It seems that sac is unsound.
Oct-19-05  sneaky pete: 25... Bh2+ 26.Kh1 Bg3+ 27.Kg1 Ne4 28.Qg2 Bxf2+ 29.Bxf2 Nxf2 30.Rxf2 Qxe3 looks promising (after 31.Nf3 .. maybe .. Qc5).
Oct-20-05  THE pawn: Lol the pun is just no longer good.
Oct-22-05  sneaky pete: The "promising" line I posted 2 days ago is nonsense, 31.Qxd5+ .. (check overlooked) spoils it. White should have taken the draw.

I tried in vain after 25... Qh2+ 26.Kf1 .. to find an improvement for black. He could have played 26... g6 first, but 27.Qg2 Rxe3 28.Qxh2 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Bxh2 30.Re7 .. is better for white.

Michel was the weakest player in this 4 player double round robin (1.Alekhine 4; 2.Aurbach 3,5; 3.Naegeli 2,5; 4.Michel 2) and Alekhine in this first round game not just played to win, he intended to annihilate this Swiss upstart. A move like 19... Rce8 clearly signals his plans.

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