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Alexander Alekhine vs Jan Willem te Kolste
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 7, Apr-24
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Old Variation (D48)  ·  1-0



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Dec-01-07  cyanfish: 20... Qh8 is Black's last attempt to get some counter play, but his horrible king position leads to Alekhine's 21. Bxg6. Declining the trade of bishops is hardly an option, because any other move allows either 22. Qg5+ or 22. Qf3+, which forces the same bishop trade to occur (of course, there are probably other alternatives for White, but this, at least, is winning).

22... Ra7 is Black's last attempt to avoid a loss, but even without 24. Qb6+! White could still evade mate and probably win (e.g. 24. f3 leads to a more difficult position, but probably still a win). The more conservative 22... Rh5 would last somewhat longer, but then white has moves like 23. Re1, which should still be winning.

24. Qb6+! is really the final blow to Black. If the king moves to the seventh rank, 25. Qc7+ picks up the rook; 24... Kh5 hangs the rook; and we all know what happens after 24... Kf5 - 25. g4+!! which forces a mate in three.

25... Kxg4 26. Qg6+ Kh4 27. Qg5+ Kh3 28. Qg3#
Declining the pawn leads to an even quicker mate, because:

25... Ke4 26. Qe3#
25... Ke5 26. f4+! Ke4 27. Qe3#

Oct-13-09  Marmot PFL: Interesting that white can mate without moving the QB or either rook (except for castling).
May-11-15  A.T PhoneHome: The amount of space here is huge, but thanks to Alekhine's piece play, it's all just an illusion!
Mar-22-19  Garech: Alekhine rocks!

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