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Alexander Alekhine vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 10, Oct-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation Flohr Line (D62)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-02-08  Knight13: What's wrong with 20. Qg4 ?
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  ketchuplover: Nothing.
Mar-02-08  Knight13: Then why didn't he play it? Just wanted a draw? I mean, Alekhine can use that isolated d-pawn as a target or something can't he? He can force black into defending it and then go around it and penetrate and then kill, no?
Sep-07-09  WhiteRook48: they did not want to beat each other
Capablanca was leading 2-1
Sep-29-10  soothsayer8: To me, the Orthodox defense looks painfully drawish; a lot of material being exchanged very early in the games of this match.
Feb-26-12  The Curious Emblem: <Knight13> The final position does seem favorable for White. If 20. Qg4, then ... Qxg4 21. fxg4 Rac8 22. Rfd1 and White takes control of the c-file. But after 20... Qe7 21. Rcd1 Rfd8 22. Rd2 Rd6 23. Rfd1 Rad8 24. Qf4 Rd7 25. Qg4 f5, White cannot exploit Black's "weakness" on d5, nor can he create any. So a draw is reasonable.
Dec-03-15  RookFile: So, d5 is a weakness, but why it is more of a weakness that white's doubled f pawns is unclear. A draw seems like a perfectly reasonable outcome.
Sep-30-16  crwynn: The above analysis regarding 18.qg4 is wrong; in a heavy-piece ending the weakness of the iqp is quite serious, whereas white's doubled pawns will not bother him anytime soon. Black would have swapped queens. I think 18...qxg4+ 19.fg rac8 20.rfd1 rc4 is the idea, now 21.rxd5 rxg4+ and 22...rb4 looks very drawn, or 21.rxc4 dc 22.rd7 rb8 and black at least shouldn't lose.

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