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Alexander Alekhine vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Kecskemet (1927), Kecskemet HUN, rd 5, Jul-10
French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-08-08  whiteshark: First!

Alternatively I could have ask how to spell Alekhine.

Jan-06-14  ForeverYoung: this is a very interesting game. According to Praxis time pressure was the reason a draw was agreed to.
Jan-06-14  whiteshark: *asked
Jan-06-14  whiteshark: Game 20 in Nimzovich's 'Chess Praxis'

both players were in time trouble

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  cwcarlson: It's curious Alekhine missed 26.Ne5 Ne5 27.Bf6, even in time pressure.
Dec-16-15  thomastonk: <cwcarlson: It's curious Alekhine missed 26.Ne5 Ne5 27.Bf6, even in time pressure.> Probably a very good idea.

Black can try 27.. ♘g6, 27.. ♘g4 or 27.. ♘d7 (whereas 27.. g6 and 27.. ♖g4 are obviously insufficient).

27.. ♘g6 28.d7 ♖cc8 29.dxc8♕+ ♖xc8 30.♗g5

27.. ♘g4 28.d7 gxf6 29.d8♕+ ♖xd8 30.♖xd8+ ♔g7 31.h3

27.. ♘d7 28.♗xg7 ♗e4 29.♗d4+ ♗g6 30.f4 and here it becomes tricky after 30.. ♖xd4 31. ♖xd4, because Black can choose between 31.. ♕f5, 31.. f5, 31.. ♔f8 and 31.. ♔h8.

Probably everything can be answered successfully, but I think it is a rather difficult temporary piece sac (and White has also to consider ideas like 27.. ♘c6 or 27.. ♖f4 28.♗xe5 ♖xf2). I am neither surprised by Alekhine's choice nor by the fact that Nimzowitsch didn't mention this possibility in his analysis.

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  plang: 7..b6 was a new move that has never been repeated in this rarely used sideline. Nimzovich thought that 12..c5 was premature. In typical Alekhine fashion he turned down the placid 16 cxb for the initiative with 16 Nd6!.
Mar-27-21  RookFile: Apparently 41. Qa4 is strong but I can certainly understand Alekhine's instinct not to send the queen on an adventure while in time trouble.

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