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Fyodor Duz-Khotimirsky vs Semion Alapin
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 5, May-23
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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Dec-03-05  Resignation Trap: I was unaware of the horrible blunder at the end of this game until yesterday. 77...Qxf3?? loses the queen in an endgame.
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  Pawn and Two: What an embarrassing mistake!

<CapablancaFan: I bet after this game Alapin crawled in a hole and didn't come out for 2 weeks>.

Yes, Alapin probably did not remain for a post-game analysis after this game.

However, he did recover enough to beat Marshall in the very next round and did finish the tournament with a score of 9/19 (+5-6=8).

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  Gypsy: <...Here is another example what can happen when players talk OTB. After Black's <75...Kc3>, White can not stop the promotion of the pawn d, and the spectators thus expected White to resign. Alapin even noted: "And now you are done with." White however played <76.Rxa4>, and after <76...d1Q 77.Ra5>, he in turn replied with a smile: "Yeah, about time for me to resign; but perhaps you take the pion on f3..." Alapin noded his head and thought on; he thought five minutes, eight minutes, ten minutes and then he picked up his queen on d1: "Well, you are right, I'll just grab that little pion after all;" and he captured <77...Qxf3???>. After Duz Chotimirsky gave the check <78.Ra3+>, Alapin threw his hands, turned pale and resigned.

Its hard to say, how the game would have developped, had the players kept their comments to themselves. ...> Jiri Vesely: "A Psychological Guide through a the Game of Chess"

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  Phony Benoni: "Oh, Oh! Dus-Chotimirsky not dead ... I dead!"
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  FSR: OMG - what a horrific blunder. You have to feel for poor Alapin.
Jan-19-13  dunican: Thanks for the quote, <Gypsy>, I used to have this book, it was great. I wonder how he collected the story and how much of it is made up.
Oct-14-21  spektrowski: This story was first related by Duz-Khotimirsky himself in his "Selected Games" (1953).

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