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Alexander Alekhine vs E P Thorbjohnson
"Thorbing Headache" (game of the day Mar-10-2014)
Simul, 16b (1929) (exhibition), Chicago, IL USA, Apr-27
French Defense: McCutcheon Variation. Wolf Gambit (C12)  ·  1-0



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Jun-26-10  libertyjack: Great combinatory game by Alekhine!
Mar-10-14  Robespierre: Is it possible that Black's family name was really "Thorbjornson" rather "Thorbjohnson"?
Mar-10-14  mike1: hmmm, Alekhine is Alekhine but blacks play.... 20...Rfe8..21...Red8??? surprise, he lost a valuable move!
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  Phony Benoni: <Robespierre> "American Chess Bulletin", May-June 1929, p.96, uses "Thorbjohnson" and spells it thus twice.

Admittedly, Hermann Helms was not always an authority on spelling names. At first, I thought the name might be "Thor B. Johnson".

Mar-10-14  dunican: Is the pun supposed to be a reference to Alekhine's drinking issues or something?
Mar-10-14  Swedish Logician: Thorbj√∂rn, with the Umlaut, is a not uncommon old Scandinavian name, meaning " Bear of Thor". Certainly there would have been US immigrants called Thorbj√∂rnson and Umlauts have been known to get lost ....
Mar-10-14  morfishine: GOTD?
Mar-10-14  cormier:

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12...g6 13.Bg2 Bg7 14.N4c3 Qe7 15.Kb1 Rad8 16.Qg3 Na5 17.Bxb7 Nxb7 18.h4 c5 19.dxc5 Nxc5 20.h5 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Rd8 22.Rxd8+ Qxd8 23.Qf4 g5 24.Qf3 a6 25.Qe3 h6 26.b4 Nd7 27.Ne4 = (0.03) Depth: 22

Mar-10-14  thegoodanarchist: <dunican: Is the pun supposed to be a reference to Alekhine's drinking issues or something?>

You could interpret it that way, I suppose, but really it's about having to face Alekhine OTB. That could give any player a headache.

Mar-10-14  kevin86: Black is not waiting, he resigns before the passed pawn can queen.
Mar-10-14  jokerman: 26. Rxg6! if fxg6 27. Nf6 and mate cannot be stopped with: Rh7++. From seeing this game i'm inspired to see more from alekhine! I really like his style in this game.
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  Once: <jokerman> I seem to recall a chess writer(but can't remember which one) saying that for chess instruction you can't go far wrong with the ABC - Alekhine, Bottvinnik, Capablanca.

Although I would be tempted to add Morphy, Tal, Fischer and Kasparovto that list...

Alekhine's games are certainly well worth looking at.

Fully agree with your pick of 26. Rxg6. Alekhine uses tactics to win a pawn which is all he needs to win the game. In doing so, he leaves both rook and knight en prise but both are perfectly safe - or can only be captured with level material.

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  NM JRousselle: 8 00 looks like a mistake.
Mar-10-14  Moszkowski012273: Black played well for a lot of this game. 16...Qd6 would of led to a winning advantage but its difficult to see.
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  offramp: < Moszkowski012273: Black played well for a lot of this game. 16...Qd6 would of led to a winning advantage but its difficult to see.>

Would it of?

Mar-14-14  Moszkowski012273: Yes- it would of.
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  perfidious: <offramp> Could of.
Oct-03-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Chicago, Illinois at the Chess and Checkers Club on April 27, 1929.

Alekhine scored +15=1-0.

See <The New York World>, May 12, 1929.

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