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Arthur William Dake vs Alexander Alekhine
"Dake it to the Limit" (game of the day Jul-12-2008)
Pasadena (1932), Pasadena, CA USA, rd 10, Aug-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense (B13)  ·  1-0



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Jun-19-03  aulero: I would cite this one:

By all accounts, Capablanca remained supreme in lightning chess to the end. Reuben Fine, regarded by many as the outstanding speed player of the 1940s, recalls that Capablanca treated his opponents like children in fast games. The late Arthur Dake, a speed chess phenomenon of the 1930s who was easily besting Alekhine as early as the Prague Olympiad of 1931, recollected an evening when fresh from a 12-0 victory in a speed tournament that included the likes of Fine, Reshevsky, Al Horowitz, Arnold Denker and virtually every other top American master, he challenged Capablanca. Capa had just shown up, fresh from a diplomatic function, and faced down a cocky Reuben Fine, who had blurted out that fast chess was for “young men” but who would not play the Cuban for money even when offered odds. Dake wanted to play and expected Horowitz, his closest friend, to back him. Instead, Horowitz grabbed Dake’s sleeve and said, “No one plays Capa at lightning chess. I won’t back you.”

Jul-30-03  Calli: <aulero> What is the source of this story?

Dake also had an easy win against Capablanca (New York 1931), but blundered it away.

Jul-31-03  aulero: <Calli> This is the site where I collect the story:

The exact link is:

Aug-01-03  Calli: <aulero> Thanks!
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  jaime gallegos: 24. Ng5!! a remarkable move
Jan-01-05  refutor: some more dake-alekhine anecdotes Alexander Alekhine
Jan-01-05  WMD: Frankly, I don't trust a word of the Alekhine-Dake anecdotes. According to Skinner & Verhoeven, Alekhine was in England in early January 1934, competing at Hastings, and in Holland in early February to play some exhibitions. That he travelled back and forth to America in the interval can be practically discounted.
Jul-12-08  ToTheDeath: <refutor>: those are great anecdotes.

<WMD>:Arnold Denker wrote in his The Bobby Fischer I Knew and Other Stories about Alekhine's fit of rage at being bested by Dake at speed chess. I don't think he was making it up.

Jul-12-08  syracrophy: Not a great win. Alekhine was giving away his pawns with no plan.
Jul-12-08  kevin86: Both players had pawn storms;too bad black's was only a thundershower,while white's was a tornado!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Given that Alekhine thought the Panov-Botvinnik was virtually a refuation of the Caro-Kann, it's a bit of a surprise to see him choose to face it.
Jul-12-08  Calli: Picture of this game

Jul-12-08  Jason Frost: I agree with <syracrophy> this is more of a bad game by alekhine than a great game by Dake
Jul-12-08  apexin: alekhine was probably drunk.
Jul-12-08  drpoundsign: He was a Nazi sympathizer, but he was smart and usually won.
Jul-12-08  Jason Frost: <Calli> That pic had to be fake, this is one seems more likley

Alekhine is likly the one drinking, the clearly sober Drake is flipping of the camera, and Capa is watching intently in the background.

Jul-13-08  patzer2: This looks like a Master vrsus Amateur game, with Alekhine being the amateur. Most of <refutor>'s comments seem spot on -- especially concerning the weakening 15...f4?! and 20...f4?! moves.

Alekhine creates a weak backward e-pawn that he can't easily defend, and severely limits the scope of his two Bishops with poor development and opening play.

On the bright side, the positional mistakes allows Dake's brilliant 24. Ng5! which easily undermines Alekhine's weak Kingside castled position.

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  mjmorri: According to Dake (Chess Life interview), he and Alekhine had analysed this opening either the previous evening or a few nights earlier.

He and Alekhine engaged in a staring match for the first few moves. But when Dake played 6.Nf3, Alekhine "visibly weakened" and played the inferior 6...Be6, which allow 7.c5 and a nasty bind.

Alekhine's 15...Ra7 and subsequent pawn sacrifices on the kingside were about the only way he had to drum up counterplay.

Of course, 24.Ng5 ended those dreams.

Apr-08-13  Abdel Irada: I was surprised by Alekhine's 18. ...Nf6, giving up a pawn without a struggle. A more durable defense appears to be 18. ...Bf6. If White continues 19. Ng5, Ng7 seems enough to hold a cramped but solid position.

Note that, in the above line, after 20. Ne6, Nxe6 21. Rxe6, Bd7 22. R6e2, g5 and Black has counterplay.

Jun-20-13  Caissanist: I wonder how many people have ever defeated the world champion in a tournament game only five years after learning to play.
Jun-21-13  KlingonBorgTatar: AAA and Dake were good friends and drinking buddies . If both had a few (?) shots before or during this game , perhaps we should crown Dake as the World Drunken Master Chess Champion!! : D
Jun-21-13  RookFile: <I was surprised by Alekhine's 18. ...Nf6, giving up a pawn without a struggle. A more durable defense appears to be 18. ...Bf6. If White continues 19. Ng5, Ng7 seems enough to hold a cramped but solid position.>

Maybe white just plays 18. Bg5. It may be desirable, positionally, to trade off the dark squared bishops.

Jul-25-13  EvanTheTerrible: A fantastic game by a forgotten master.
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  Tabanus: Updated picture link:

Mar-16-19  Russian Patzer: The game took place in the tenth round of the tournament when Alekhine was already assured of first place. 
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