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Alexander Alekhine vs Cercle de Montmartre
Blindfold simul, 28b (1925) (blindfold), Paris FRA, Feb-01
King's Gambit: Accepted. Rosentreter Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0

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Jul-19-09
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  whiteshark: Can't be that anonymous if you've already heard about it.
Jul-19-09  fgh: Hahaha, I really like this pun :-)
Jul-19-09
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  chessgames.com: Today's pun was the idea of User: Thrajin but we chose a different game than the one that he suggested.
Jul-19-09  sfm: This pun is excellent. This must be why CG brings it, though they should definitely not. Alekhine's life can be read about on his page here and alcoholism may come for a reason. That he still emerged as the best player in the world calls for respect - not cheap shots in public headlines.
Jul-19-09  newzild: I'm not a big fan of chessgames.com puns, because they sometimes seem to determine the game of the day for no other valid reason.

However, this one genuinely made me smile.

Jul-19-09  NewLine: This pun made me laugh! And I don't see any offense against the great A.A(...) in this context of good spirit.
Jul-19-09  randomsac: Good pun. I just love how Alekhine moves in the heavy artillery against black's weak kingside.
Jul-19-09  hedgeh0g: Nice pun and fun game to boot!
Jul-19-09  Thrajin: Glad it finally made the cut. :-)
Jul-19-09  TheTamale: I really do NOT like the pun. No need for character assassination. Odd, too, because chess players the same bunch who will excuse anti-semitism of the worst order simply because the lunatic spouting it was a great player.
Jul-19-09  Thrajin: <TheTamale>, the intent of my pun was not to defame anyone's character. In fact, the original game associated with this pun was a Mikhail Tal game, and I regard him as not only one of the greatest chess players ever, but also one of the kindest and most accessible.
Jul-19-09  Samagonka: 23? Would make a good Monday or Tuesday puzzle. I don't get the gag behind the pun though, was Alekhine an alcoholic?
Jul-19-09
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  WannaBe: Alekhine puts the Ale in ale!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexan...
Jul-19-09
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  tamar: Good pun.

He was more than kin to ale and less than kind.

Jul-19-09  Gambit All: The pun's tasteless. Also at this time Alekhine didn't have a drinking problem.
Jul-19-09  TheChessGuy: <Gambit All> You're right. His drinking problem didn't emerge until the early 1930's. He probably took it up out of boredom; winning top class events like Bled 1931 by more than five points can do that to people.
Jul-19-09
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  agb2002: <Gambit All: The pun's tasteless. Also at this time Alekhine didn't have a drinking problem.>

Agreed, no matter Alekhine had the problem at that time. The pun somehow contradicts CG's posting guidelines. Don't be surprised if next pun is "AIDS, Anonymous"...

Jul-19-09
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  fm avari viraf: We are all humans & sometimes we become prey to our vices. Lets be the Masters instead of slaves. " Life is a hell, Man dolefully cries,
To rekindle within, tarry not a trice.
Defer not till tomorrow, to be wise,
Tomorrow's sun to thee, may never rise!"
Have a nice time & keep thinking.
Jul-19-09  Zurahn: It doesn't seem to me the pun is intended as an insult to Alekhine but to NN. That is, NN played as if he were drunk (or Alekhine made it look that way).
Jul-19-09  cracknik: Nice pun. I went to AA before and I hated it so much that I found something better: WILLPOWER. Not to mention that their ideas seemed antiquated and occult like.
Jul-20-09  newzild: Yeah, AA requires "belief in a higher power". Otherwise they won't help you.
Jul-20-09  ughaibu: AA's own investigation found that their recovery rate was equal to no intervention, but their death rate (mainly from suicide) was higher than no intervention. In short, AA is worse than useless. For alcoholics wanting to but having difficulties quitting drinking, the most effective known programme is to show them videos, when they're sober, of how they behave when pissed.
Jul-20-09
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  kevin86: I was hoping there was a time when Alekhine and AA got together.

The ultimate chess irony is that Alekhine's own initials were AA

Jul-29-09  jepflast: Very good pun!
Jun-09-15  TheFocus: From the blindfold simultaneous exhibition in Paris, France on February 1, 1925 at the Petit Parisien.

Alekhine scored +22-=3-3 to set a new blindfold record.

The opponent here was a team from Cercle de Montmarte.

See <La Strategie> 1925, pg. 27.

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