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Alexander Alekhine vs Erich Cohn
Stockholm (1912), Stockholm SWE, rd 4, Jun-28
Scotch Game: Alekhine Gambit (C45)  ·  1-0



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Jan-26-06  micartouse: An interesting game from Alekhine's early days. It features sharp play from beginning to end.

5. e5?! is a bluff, and Alekhine himself admitted it is pretty much useless. The pawn should have been captured.

12. Nf3! is a subtle defensive move containing a fierce tactic. If 12 ... Bc5+ 13. Kh1 Nf2+?, then 14. Rxf2 Qxf2 15. Ne4 captures the queen!

During moves 21-25, Alekhine tries to consolidate his advantage with the help of tricks. White lures Black's rooks off the back rank and plays combinations on this theme.

The 2 knights v. rook ending is subtle, and perhaps not enough to win. Both players made mistakes. 41. Ncd2? allows Black to win one of the knights with the passed pawn. It looks bad, but in fact Alekhine thought he was playing for a win until he noticed the intermezzo 44 ... Rd1+! Black plays even worse with 47 ... Kc6? rather than moving the king to the obvious c4 square. White ends up in a commanding position despite being down the exchange and quickly wins.

Jun-29-08  MichAdams: <Chernev gave ‘some personal opinions’ on page 28 of the November-December 1933 Chess Review. They included the following:


* The most interesting combinative game was Alekhine-Cohn, Stockholm, 1912.>

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  GrahamClayton: <micartouse>
As you mentioned, 47....♔c4 was the correct move, playing actively with the King, eg 48. c6 ♖a3 49. ♘e4 ♖a7!, and the White pawns have been stopped.

Source: Edmar Mednis, "King Power in Chess", McKay Publishinbg, 1982

Oct-07-09  WhiteRook48: after 47...Kc4! it should be a draw
May-29-11  ForeverYoung: Alekhine's 25 c5 is incredibly brilliant. In his notes to this game he admits that he got too fancy once he had a winning position. He had intended 41 b4 but saw at that board that this would have lost after the correct 41 ... Kxe4! 42 c6 Rc1.
Feb-09-13  Old Wolf: 47..Kc4! was also noted by V. Vukovic in 1959 (also 26. Nb5 1-0)
Jan-13-14  Karpova: Georg Marco's <Aus dem Irrgarten der Schachtheorie> (condensed):

After <1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6>, Alekhine played the stunning novelty <5.e5> which was welcomed by the friends of combinatorial play as a valuable addition to chess theory.

The idea behind it is <5...Nxe5 6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nf5 Qe6 8.Nd4 Qd5 9.Nb5 Kd8 10.N1c3 Bb4 11.Bd2 Qe6 12.O-O-O> when Black is clearly behind in development.

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If it's enough compensation for the lost ♙ was an open question. J Caldas Vianna wrote a letter on May 6, 1913, from Rio de Janeiro with the news that the matter had been settled. Raoul de Castro, a member of the Rio de Janeiro Chess Club, found the refutation <7...Qb4+>

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and now

I) <8.Bd2 Qxb2> Black is obviously winning.

II) <8.c3 Qe4! 9.Ne3 Be7> White has no compensation for the ♙.

III) <8.Nc3 d6 9.Ne3 (9.f4 Bxf5 10.fxe5 Ne4) 9...Be7> And White has no chance to win back the ♙.

Source: Pages 308-309 of the October-November 1913 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Feb-18-14  Poisonpawns: <Karpova> Thanks for your comments. I was looking at this line and wanted to improve it somewhat. The line quoted from the magazine < <5...Nxe5 6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nf5 Qe6 8.Nd4 Qd5 9.Nb5 Kd8 10.N1c3 Bb4 11.Bd2 Qe6 12.O-O-O> contains the error 7.Nf5? which allows the refutation Qb4 of course. However if we play the natural 7.Nc3 d6 8.Bg5 c6 9.0-0-0 h6 10.Bd2

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Things area bit tougher for Black.I feel black is OK,but must be careful. Black also has 7..Nc6!forcing the trade of Queens but giving up the right to castle. For instance 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Ndb5 Qxe2 9.Bxe2 Kd8 10.Bf4 d6

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My conclusion is that this is a decent surprise weapon in classical games, and a great one to use in blitz.

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