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Ossip Bernstein vs Alexander Alekhine
Vilnius All-Russian Masters (1912), Vilna (Vilnius) RUE, rd 4, Aug-23
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  0-1



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Jun-01-11  ForeverYoung: This is an interesting game by Alekhine. Noteworthy is the way he seizes the initiative with 16 ... f5! after white misses even chances with 16 e4 Qd6 17 Be3 a6. Nice foresight in envisioning that his queenside pawns would become mobile well before the white kingside counterparts.
Jun-01-11  Calli: Is the score right? Did Alekhine blunder with 31...a4? and Bernstein return the favor with 32.Rd1? instead of the obvious 32.Nxc4...
Jun-05-11  BobCrisp: <Alekhine> annotated this game (#12) in <My Best Games of Chess 1908-1923>. If 31...a4 was an oversight, he doesn't admit to it:

<If 32.Nxc4, Black wins easily after 32...Rc6 33.Ne3 Rc3 34.Re1 Rxa3; etc.>

White, however, has the much tougher defence in 33.Bd3 when 33...Rc5 34.Nxa5 e4 and Black retains what should be a winning advantage.

Jun-05-11  Calli: Thanks for looking that up. I only looked at Rc8. 32...Rc6 does win anyway. Still, it's better than what Bernstein played. He probably missed 33.Bd3. As for Alekhine, did he cover up a mistake in the annotation? Perhaps he reversed the move order. 32...Rff8 would seem to proceed without complications.
Jun-05-11  BobCrisp: <Perhaps he reversed the move order. 32...Rff8 would seem to proceed without complications.>

Not quite sure what you're getting at. Do you mean he intended to play 31...Rff8 and then 32...a5?

Incidentally, after 31...a5 (not our ...a4) 32.Nxc4, I looked at 32...Rg8 33.Ne3 Rd6. <Fritz> thinks its retains a distinct advantage for Black, but agrees that 32...Rc6 is best.

Jun-06-11  aliejin: 31 .... a5 by no means an oversight

(It is amazing how some people
talk about "oversight", "refuse to admit, " etc. with absolute lightness)

It may be that the white defense could be improved but .... 31 a5 is good move

Jun-09-11  aliejin: There is people so, so , so stupid
that put on the same level of
comparison . one alone man analising chess in the first part of the 20 century ,
against computers of the 21 century
after one hundred year of chess evolution !

and if the analisis result is diferent between them, that mas was not honest !

Jun-09-11  BobCrisp: <Alekhine>, dishonest? Say it ain't so! Game Collection: Meine Besten Gef√§lschten Partien
Jun-10-11  aliejin: "dishonest? Say it ain't so"

A very poor argumentation!
Most of these games are intracendentes
Several of them is what is stated dictuble
And in general, taking into account the huge, huge
number of games played by Alekhine, this is
microscopic quantity

Please let us leave aside these stupid things !

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