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Alexander Alekhine vs Abram Rabinovich
Moscow (1918), Moscow RUS
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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Nov-15-03  Lidador: I love this game... Specially the move 13.Bb2!! atacking the queen...
Nov-16-03  Calli: 19...Bf4? is bad. 19...Nd4 is a much tougher defense. Later on 26...R8e7? (Nb4 survives a bit longer) produces an amusing finish. 28.Qf5! threatens 29.Qd5# or c5#
Mar-05-06  morphynoman2: Alekhine says 17. c3! is even more decisive than Rae1.
Dec-07-13  jonie: it's nice to compare the attacking abilities of Alekhine and Tal...who is the better?
Dec-25-14  TheFocus: Alekhine won a three-person tournament held in Moscow, Russia in April-May with a score of +3=3-0.

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Feb-05-16  visayanbraindoctor: <Lidador: I love this game... Specially the move 13.Bb2!! atacking the queen..>

Alekhine's imaginative powers in full swing. He lures Rabinovich into making not a Pawn grab but a Bishop grab! The sac deflects Black's Queen away from the defense of the Kingside, which is how most pawn sacs work. Only this time a whole Bishop is sacked.

The most impressive move is 12. b3! because Alekhine already had to foresee his follow up 13. Bb2! and 14. Ng5!

It's not that difficult to calculate, but it's difficult to imagine of such a line in the first place. Most players would see that 12. b3 is answered by Qf6 attacking the White Rook at a1, and stop there, not having the imagination to place their Bishop en prise by 13. Bb2 in their mind's eye.

Sep-12-19  SpiritedReposte: <13. ...Bb2!!> Sunday puzzle material.

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