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Changing Geirs

  • benws
  • | Aug 19, 2012
  • | 6492 views
  • | 32 comments

This is an Alekhine game that you may not have seen before. On his tenth move, he takes a bold risk with the classic Greek gift bishop sac. He even has the audacity to quietly castle in the middle of an attack! Several more quiet moves follow, but the floodgates open on Alekhine's 19th move. He offers up one of his rooks, and the rest of the game is a blaze of sacrifices that ultimately results in a neat and economic checkmate.

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  • 2 years ago

    juyan255

    Alekhine, really great game!

  • 2 years ago

    TJOSE

    Brilliant Game!!

  • 2 years ago

    Clavius

    It is from Chapter 7 of Vukovic's book but with a different move order from Black moves 11-16.  The book states it is from a simultaneous exhibition in Reykjavik, making Alekhine's moves even more impressive.

    For David4Real: If 23...Qe7  24.Nd6+ QxN (24...Kf8  25.Qf4+ Qf6  26.Qxf6+ gxf6  27.Rf7#)  25.Qf6+ Ke8  26.Qg6+ Kd8  27.exd6 b5  28.Rxg7 Rxg7  29.Qxg7 and white has an easy win.

  • 2 years ago

    Boris321

    Caesarsecundus is right, this game was in Vukovic's book, but the move order seems to be different. Maybe it doesn't matter if they reach the same final position, but maybe it does.

  • 2 years ago

    Conseiller

    would Alekhine really been in Reykjavik in 1931 ? With all due respect to my fellow Nordics, I can't believe he would have gone to what back then was the poorest corner of europe with a difficult access...

  • 2 years ago

    caesarsecundus

    this was one of the games featured in Vukovic's Art of Attack

  • 2 years ago

    ceddy28

    Boris321 Nice discovery or memory. Perhaps benws would learn in the future he has to put credit to his source of information :)

  • 2 years ago

    Botvinnik77

    Great game!

  • 2 years ago

    yashben10

    @david4real - 23 Qe7?

    death in two moves

    23. ..... Nd6+ Kf8

    24. Qf4#

  • 2 years ago

    chessninja77

    great game

  • 2 years ago

    dmeng

    Extending on what Reimly said, 21. ...Nf6 doesn't really help because of 22. exf6 Kd7 (22. ...Kxf7 23. Qg6+ Kg8 24. Qxg7#) 23. Rd1+ and the queen drops. (To boot, I'm pretty sure at least one of the two pawns will queen too.)

  • 2 years ago

    Reimly

  • 2 years ago

    Zhuorb

    @grisha exd5 leads to nxd5+, possibly leading to a fork if the queen can be taken out.

  • 2 years ago

    grisha3000

    Why didn't black18 take the rook?

  • 2 years ago

    1random

    In response to david4real, if black goes 23...Qe7 then white goes 24. Nd6+ Kf8 25.Qf4+!

  • 2 years ago

    david4real

    Interesting game... anyone care to help analyse why black didn't play Qe7 on move #23? 

  • 2 years ago

    nileshlpednekar

    good game

  • 2 years ago

    M8IN3

    alekhine demonstarting his absolute mastery of attack against a player, who did not appreciate and counter some of white's subtle/purposeful moves.  The devil is in the details!

  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    Interesting game!

  • 2 years ago

    Boris321

    This was the "game of the day" (March 22, 2010) on Chessgames.com, with the same punny title (Changing Geirs). I guess that lightning struck twice.

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