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Alexander Alekhine vs N Rubtzov
Moscow Spring Tournament cat-1 (1908), Moscow RUE
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Dec-14-08  I Like Fish: how...
Dec-14-08  Gilmoy: <al-YE-kheen> is how he pronounced it himself. See for fine details on Russian consonants, see

<al-YO-kheen> annoyed him ( However, according to Wikipedia's footnote, other branches of his family still used it.

(Scuttlebutt is that "YO" connoted the peasant class, "YE" the noble class, and he consciously switched during his young adulthood, as a form of social climbing. That could explain the discrepancy between himself in France/Nazi Germany, and the rest of his family back in Russia.)

"Alekhine" is the French spelling. Read his Wikipedia page for his exploits on France's behalf. (He dominated mid-30's Olympiads playing top board for France, not Russia.) Hence, the silent 'e' at the end has French meaning to unsilence the 'n', not English meaning to lengthen the 'i'.

Dec-16-08  I Like Fish: gilmoy...



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  cwcarlson: After 22.Bg6! Black resigns. 21...Nd7 22.Rh7 Qd6 was better but still bad.
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In "Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946" (McFarland 1998) pp. 27-28, Skinner and Verhoeven list their source as "L'Echiquier 1938, pp. 352-353."

They report that the game was played in the "Moscow Spring Tournament."

According to rusbase, this was a Category 1 event, although they mislabel it the "Moscow Autumn Tournament."

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