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Alekhine’s sense of humour

Alexander Riabov | September 26, 2011 – 23:29One Comment | 1,026 views
Alekhine’s sense of humour

A lot could be written about partly controversial, nevertheless universally talented chess world champion Alexander Alekhine. This time I will mention a story from one of his many  journeys.

Translated by: Stanislav Pavlovic

Alekhine, also nicknamed “Chess Magalhães ”, has once, during his stay in Paris, stopped by in a local chess café, known for its chess gambling. One of resident players has challenged the unknown visitor to a game.

“I am sorry, but I am a very weak player,” the Grandmaster tried to avoid playing.
“That doesn’t matter, I’ll award you Queen odds.”
Alekhine decided to accept the offer, as part of his joke… and he lost.
“Oh, yes, you don’t play very well,” the opponent agreed after the game.
“You know, I think it was because this extra piece,” Alekhine pointed at his Queen, ” hindered my game.”
The opponent was so amused, he offered to play another game, this time with him taking the advantage…
The bigger was his surprise after he lost several games in a row.
“There you go,” Alekhine mysteriously whispered, “I told you that the piece hinders one’s game.”

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  • kokeekee says:

    This same story has also been attributed to Lasker, who was requestede to play on an ocean liner bound to New York.

    Again, he lost when having been given queen odds. He then offered his opponent queen odds and then he won.

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