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Konstantin Vygodchikov vs Alexander Alekhine
cr 1909-10 (1910) (correspondence)
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  0-1



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Aug-30-04  Hidden Skillz: alekhine under pressure early on..but what a counter turns the whole game around..
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  Chessical: This game is number 34 in Alekhine's "Best Games of Chess 1908-23".

<10.c4> 0-0 11.Nc3 d6 12.Nd5 Bh4 13.Qh5 c6 14.Rxh4 Qxh4 15.Qxh4 Nxh4 is the modern approach as per Anand - Ivanchuk, Las Palmas 1996

Alekhine recommneded 12...b5 13.Bb3 Bb7 =

Alekhine mentions <13...fxe4?> 14.Ne7+ Kh8 15.Nxg6+ hxg6 16.Qh3+ and mates

14...Qh4!? was not mentioned by Alekhibe but may be playable.

He regards <17..d5!!> as "absolutely sound", and suggests that Vygodchikov's game deteriorates because he took the R rather than the B.

May-02-06  rook h3: CRAZY!!! alekhines chess is truly demonic. i went just played through this game slowly and carefully and i felt like i was watching a horror flick. from move 20 on white screams for mercy by giving up pieces but alekhine shows no mercy. and of course alekine just had to sacrifice his queen. alekhine is a self-mutilator, but he mutilates his opponents more.
May-09-06  Dr. B: this game made my mind blow a fuse(great game).
May-09-06  PolishPentium: 19 Qh5 seems to be a much better place to escape Queen harassment...

What did 23 e6 accomplish? Precious little. PP suggests 23 Nb6, getting the N out of the corner and likely leading to the capture of the c8 Bishop, thus taking some of the sting out of Black's attack.

May-09-06  moocow: If 23 Nb6, Qh3! wins outright. Nf4 follows.
Jun-11-06  seven trumpets: 11...Bh4 (S J Solomon vs M Chapman, 2000)

18.Nxa8 -could have been- 18.Bc2 Qg5 19.Nxc8 Rxc8 20.Bd2 Bc7 21.Rae1 Rf8 22.Qh3 Qh4 23.Qxh4 Nxh4 24.Re7 Rac8 25.f3 Kg8 26.a4 b6


18.Nxc8 Qxc8 19.Bc2 Bc7 20.Bd2 Qd7 21.Qh5 Kg8 22.Rae1 Rf6 23.Bxg6 Rxg6 24.Re7 Qc8

Apr-13-10  MikedaSnipe: I found that yukovics annotations of this game were pretty bad (art of attack). He dubiously writes that c4/c5 was a bad plan, and he doesn't mention the far superior Nxc8 (I hope he doesn't think c4/c5 is dubious because he didn't see Nxc8). This may not support the type of message he wants to give with this game, but I believe mentioning this is both more honest and more instructive. In addition he also suggested a line that loses a piece.

I like his annotations generally :(

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  GrahamClayton: If White plays 25.♔h1 to avoid the discovered check, Alekhine would play the beautiful move 25...♘e1!! forcing mate on g2.
Nov-09-10  Xeroxx: I must add this to my collection.

Amazing stuff.

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  whiteshark: <seven trumpets>

Alekhine thought that <18.Bc2> won't work due to <18...Qg5>, but your line <19.Nxc8 Rxc8 20.Bd2 Bc7 21.Rae1 Rf8 22.Qh3 Qh4 23.Qxh4 Nxh4 24.Re7 Rac8... > shows the position drawbacks for black.

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Now <25.Rd7!>

Jun-29-11  ForeverYoung: This correspondence game played by Alekhine is amazing!! Quite a deep sacrifice of a rook!!!
Oct-14-12  Conrad93: Did anyone mention 10.Qh5?
Oct-14-12  jackpawn: I used to think Capa and Lasker were far greater talents than Alekhine. I do think they had an obvious greater postional feel early in their careers, but who else (aside from perhaps the early Tal) could play such a game as this? Alekhine was a genius.
Oct-14-12  master of defence: Why not 13...fxe4?
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  Benzol: <master of defence> If 13...fxe4 14.Ne7 is double check so 14...Kh8 15.Nxg6+ hxg6 16.Qh3+ Qh4 17.Qxh4#
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  tpstar: <He regards 17..d5!! as "absolutely sound", and suggests that Vygodchikov's game deteriorates because he took the R rather than the B.>

17 ... d5!! is a stunning conception. Brilliant game.

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