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Alexander Alekhine vs Carl Schlechter
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 5, Aug-26
Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-01-03  tud: It's Alekhine in 1911. A few years later he would not have had problems to find 28h4 for example.
Jun-02-03  drukenknight: I dunno, ALekhine always had some problems against Schlecter, but you are right Alek. went from being good to great after world war I. He claims he did it playing blindfold chess when he was in a prison camp. No one is really sure of his story in ww I.
Jan-10-05  darook: Question: Didn't Schlechter
just steal Petrosians king walk Patent/(TM)?!
Jan-10-05  Shams: why not 32.Be4 first, and only then h5? I don`t see why white had to give up the bishop.
Jan-10-05  darook: I think that Alekhine thought he didn't need the bishop to win, he tought Black was finished at this stage. Obviously he didn't consider the "desperate" 36...Rxg2+!.
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  beatgiant: <Shams, darook>
Also, if 31. Be4 Rd1+ 32. Kh2 Qd6+, Black slows White down with a counterattack (33. f4 Qd4, etc.) and staves off the attack down the h-file.
Jan-11-05  Shams: <beatgiant> your move numbers are off by one, not that it matters. but after:

32. Be4 Rd1+
33. Kh2 Qd6+
34. f4 Qd4
35. Qg3

white has enough time for the decisive advance of the h-pawn.

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  beatgiant: <Shams>
After the suggested
32. Be4 Rd1+
33. Kh2 Qd6+
34. f4 Qd4
35. Qg3,
Black has 35...Qxf6. With the pawn wedge gone, the attack with h5 no longer has any sting.
Jan-12-05  Shams: <beatgiant> yup, you`re right. an embarrassing oversight for me!

what about 34.Rg3 instead ?

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  beatgiant: <Shams>
After 32. Be4 Rd1+ 33. Kh2 Qd6+ 34. Rg3 Qd2, White is forced to exchange queens (otherwise Black's heavy pieces attack along the first rank), so 35. Qxd2 Rxd2 and White's attack is dead and Black's rook is forking two pawns.

Schlecter was a hard man to beat!

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  Gypsy: <Schlecter was a hard man to beat! > Yup.

E.g., <35.Qh4> Qe1+ 36.Kh2 Qe5+ and Black wins.

Jan-05-10  Tripler: "Defend Like Fritz with Karl Schlechter" - after 36...Rg2 Alekhine should've taken the draw. But it must've been hard when you think it's an easy . I wonder if he fell off his chair when that move was played?
Mar-02-10  Rama: A brilliant game.

Black plays for equality all the way by seeking simplifying exchanges which ease his cramp. Bravely he accepts the piece sac 32. h5 Rxc2, and finds the way to stop white cold with 34. ... Qd2! and 36. ... Rxg2+!

But now the ending must be won and it features a Heroic King March, a subtle pseudo-sac (61. ... Kc3, 62. Rxd5? a2, 63. Rxc5+ Kb4!, wins.), a dramatic change of front 65. ... Kxf6, and finally a Drive on Richmond in the style of U.S. Grant including Sheridan in the Valley (Pa2).

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  Mateo: 52.Re1 (?) looks strange. I wonder if Black can win otherwise.
Nov-03-16  m.okun: 35.f4?
White won, continuing:
35.Qh4 Qd1+
36.Kh2 Qh5
37.Qd4! Qa5
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  beatgiant: <m.okun>
What would White do on 35. Qh4 Qe1+ 36. Kh2 <Qe5+>? Then 37. f4 Qh5 and the proposed attack is blocked by the f-pawn.
Nov-03-16  JimNorCal: Schlecter's 61. ... Kc3 is quite pretty!
Nov-03-16  AlicesKnight: For a later comparison, how about the classic from AVRO which "stopped the American in his tracks"... Fine vs Keres, 1938 - another great tussle where B+Ps defeats a R.
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  beatgiant: <Mateo> <52.Re1 (?) looks strange. I wonder if Black can win otherwise.>

Great question. 52. Kf4 looks like a much tougher defense, then maybe 52. Kf4 Kc6 (prepares...b5) 53. a4 Kb6 54. Rb1+ Ka6 55. Rc1 Ka5 56. Ke3.

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Although it looks good for Black, I'm finding it surprisingly hard to give conclusive proof that he wins.

Dec-26-18  DonChalce: love the B+P vs R endings.
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  nizmo11: A real struggle, with many ups and downs.
Alekhine had a clear advantage after opening.
On move 26.

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Stockfish wants to play 26. Nxg7 followed by 27.Rd3!, and it seems Black has no defense against plan Rd6!, Qg5 (or Qd4 in some variations) and h2-h4-h5. After this White will eventually force Black weakening his Q-side and then will penetrate on dark squares.
This would have likely won without any risks.

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