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Alexander Alekhine vs Richard Reti
"The Immortal Draw, 1922" (game of the day Jun-19-2007)
Vienna (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 1, Nov-13
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I am glad to see that this game is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

<An Englishman>--I believe Alekhine included a draw he played against Em. Lasker in a simul in his first collection, but I can't find my copy of the book to confirm this.

Jul-02-07  sanyas: <Rubenus> No, he's a very good annotator, the annotations here are by Fritz, which is a machine, so you shouldn't be too harsh on it.

<dabearsrock1010> Yes, I got that impression myself.

Oct-22-07  srinivas6195: can any one tell me why is it "immortal" draw
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <srinivas6195: can any one tell me why is it "immortal" draw>

There are two reasons for it being such a great game:

1) The sharp and very accurate tactics shown by both sides between moves 11 and 20.

2) The excellent active positional play with which Reti manages to salvage a draw in a very inferior ending.

You rarely get even one out of great tactical game and great positional game, here we see them both! It has been celebrated as the "Immortal Draw" ever since being played, wholly justifiedly in my opinion. When I first saw this game it gave me a lasting impression.

Nov-08-07  pacelli: Alekhine played to win as if it was the last thing he was going to do on earth.
May-03-08  Yodaman: How in the world is this a DRAW? May someone please tell me what I'm missing?
May-03-08  slomarko: well white can't force black out of the corner so he has to go for the black b pawn but then blacks king arrives back in time to close white king in the center. do you understand what i mean?
May-03-08  Vollmer: I would add that the Black King need not make it to a8. 60.Kf5-Kh6
61.Ke5-Kxh5 leads to the White King trapped on a8...or the Black King gets there . lol If the pawn were at h4 White wins !
It is an interesting game ... will have to study this one.
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: why do these guys always play good moves? Why do the annotations always say "A good move"
or "A very good move"
or "Select from this list all variations..."
wait, Deep Fritz annotated them.
I would like to know the reason why they're all good. You might as well put "A good move" on all the moves.
Jan-22-09  WhiteRook48: why all the "!!" or "!" after a move?
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: too many good moves
Feb-21-09  TheChessGuy: This is definitely not an Alekhine annotation. His are lengthy, with a lot of text and several interesting variations at each critical point. At least, that's how he writes in "My Best Games 1908-1937."
Oct-14-09  WhiteRook48: two pawns- both rook pawns on separate files- real problem for white
Nov-20-12  LUCHO RODRI: Los finales de torre y peones son difíciles! pero ambos Maestros jugaron muy bien!No merecian perder! no les parece???
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  Check It Out: <Vollmer: If the pawn were at h4 White wins ! >

Thats a great observation.

The drawn end position is:

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White wins!

Sep-01-13  Everett: <dabearsrock1010: After looking at some of his games, it seems that Reti was somewhat of an endgame genius.>

Something that bears repeating! He was one of the very best, as his predeliction for creating memorable studies shows.

Sep-02-13  aliejin: I think the best games of chess
history are to be found among the draw games ...
because not one, but both players shine
in effort and imagination alike ....
This game is proof of that!
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  perfidious: A remarkable defensive effort by Reti.
Aug-24-16  Howard: Is there any possibility that Alekhine missed a win in this game? I don't have a computer, so I can't find out for myself--yet.

Randomvisitor----are you listening ?

Aug-24-16  not not: I did not like 24 Qd7 at all; once both queens are off, the rook ending is looming - and rook endings seem to help inferior sides to hold a draw
May-15-18  zanzibar: Game was adjourned at midnight... some commentary from the next day:

<Mit größter Erwartung sah man der außerordentlich kombinationsreichcn Partie des Favoriten Aljechin gegen den slowakischen Meister Reti entgegen. Durch einen etwas gewagten Bauern vorsioßbrachte Reti die Partie frühzeitig zur Krisis. Aljechin uberwand mit einer eistaunlichen Meisterschaft alle Fährlichkeiien, und lenkte in ein Endspiel ein, in dem er durch den Mehrbesitz zweier Bauern die besten Aussichten hatte.>

Neues Wiener Journal 1922-11-14 p4

May-15-18  zanzibar: I wonder what move they actually adjourned on?

I believe, from my reading of the contemporaneous reporting, that the adjourned game was finished on Thursday, the 16th.

Hmm, I also wonder what the rules for adjournments were at the time, e.g. no study allowed?

May-15-18  zanzibar: Soltis, in his foreword to Reti's <Modern Ideas in Chess>, says this:

<"After their sparkling game at Vienna 1922, Alexander Alekhine said Réti was the only opponent whose moves surprised him.">

I'd like to know the original source for this statement.

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  thegoodanarchist: Alekhine vs Reti, 1922 (kibitz #7)

Premium Chessgames Member An Englishman: Good Evening: If memory serves, this was the only non-victory in any of Alekhine's three volumes of games. >

No, there was at least one other - AA's draw against then-WC Lasker.

<Jack Kerouac: <AnEnglishman> I have all three volumes of Alekhine's greatest and will check into that being the only included draw. If true, a bit narccistic, yes?>

No more so than writing two books about your own greatest games!

If you are going to do that, might as well put a couple of good draws in there.

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  thegoodanarchist: <zanzibar: Soltis, in his foreword to Reti's <Modern Ideas in Chess>, says this:

<"After their sparkling game at Vienna 1922, Alexander Alekhine said Réti was the only opponent whose moves surprised him.">

I'd like to know the original source for this statement.>

May have been in AA's Greatest Games. However, I donated my copy to a library, so I can't check.

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