Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Alekhine and Dr. A.W. Ryder Tales

In "Adventures of a Freelancer: The Literary Exploits and Autobiography of Stanton Arthur Coblentz", the author recounts with confidence his meeting Dr. Ryder in a chess match. Here is a quote from the Wikipedia post about Arthur W. Ryder:

"I found myself seated opposite a quiet-looking, middle-aged man with a clear-cut virile face, who seemed placidly unaware of his impending doom. But something, alas, went wrong at the game's very start. After a mere half-dozen moves, I was hopelessly ensnarled and, after another two or three moves, I was entirely stunned by that most disheartening word, "Checkmate!" How had it happened? In my humiliation, I could not explain. But the flush on my cheeks was somewhat relieved when I learned that my opponent was ranked as one of the two best chess players on the Pacific Coast."

Dr. A.W. Ryder is known for 5.Qxf3 in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Here he played an Alekhine Defence as Black two years after Alexander Alekhine made the opening famous in 1921. Dr. Arthur William Ryder was a professor at Berkeley in San Francisco, therefore I assume Dr. W.T. Scott was someone in Los Angeles. White chose 3.Nc3.

Scott - Ryder, San Francisco-Los Angeles Telegraph Match 1923 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3 e6!? [3...Nxc3=] 4.Nxd5 exd5 5.d4 d6 6.Nf3 Bg4 [6...dxe5 7.Nxe5 Bd6=] 7.Be2 Be7 8.c3 c6 9.Bf4 0-0 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Re8 12.0-0 dxe5 13.Bxe5 Bd6 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Qb3 Qc7 16.Rfe1 Nd7 17.Qa3 Nb6 18.b3 g6 19.Qc5 Rad8 20.a4 Nc8 [A better way to defend the a-pawn is 20...a6!=] 21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Bxd5 Qf4 23.Bf3 Qd2 24.d5 cxd5 25.Bxd5 b6 26.Qc6 Rd8 27.c4 Kg7 [27...Qc3 28.Rb1+/-] 28.Qc7 Rf8 29.Qe5+ Kg8 30.Re1 Nd6 31.Re3 Nf5 32.Rf3 Qd4 33.Qc7 a5 [33...h5 34.Rf4+-] 34.g4 Nh6 35.Qd6 Qc5 36.Qf4 Kg7 37.Qf6+ Kg8 38.g5 [38.Re3+-] 38...Nf5 39.Rxf5 gxf5 40.h4 [40.g6!+-] 40...Qc7 41.h5 Qf4 42.Kf1 Qg4 43.g6 Qd1+ 44.Kg2 Qg4+ 45.Kf1 Qd1+ 1/2-1/2

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