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Alexander Alekhine vs Gyula Breyer
Mannheim (1914), Mannheim GER, rd 4, Jul-23
Italian Game: Hungarian Defense (C50)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-04  Whitehat1963: Wasn't it Breyer who famously said, "After 1. e4, white's game is in the last throes."? Here Alekhine shows him how and why that was far from true. Interesting endgame.
Nov-21-08  sneaky pete:

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After 23.g7+ Kxg7 24.Rhg1+ .. with 25.Qg3 .. black will at least lose a knight.

May-12-15  A.T PhoneHome: Nicely thought of Alekhine that once Breyer captures his last Rook on f2, he won't be able to reach Alekhine's a-pawn fast enough; it will promote.
Jan-22-21  Stolzenberg: <sneaky pete: After 23. g7+ Kxg7 24. Rhg1+ ... with 25. Qg3 ... Black will at least lose a knight.>

Yes, but Black could try 24. ... Ng6 25. hxg6 fxg6 and would get 3 pawns against a bishop, although White could postpone hxg6 with 25. Bg4 for example.

Perhaps Alekhine saw it but did not like it.

Jan-23-21  sneaky pete: After 23.g7+ Kxg7 24.Rhg1+ Ng6 there is no reason to capture Ng6 immediately, it will not jump away. White first plays 25.Qg3 N(8)e7 26.Rdf1 ..

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and black is helpless. In some cases Qf2 Ng8 Qf5 .. might follow, when both g6 and f6 are vulnerable.

Mar-10-21  Stolzenberg: <sneaky pete: 23. g7+ Kxg7 24. Rhg1+> sneaky pete is right! After 24. ... Ng6 White can increase the pressure with 25. Qg3 Ne7 26. Rdf1 and Black is in trouble. The same would be after 24. ... Kf8 25. Qg3 Ne6 26. dxe6 fxe6 27. Bc4. I wonder why Alekhine didn't play 23. g7+.

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