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Alexander Alekhine vs R Zesati
Simul, 30b (1929) (exhibition), Zacatecas MEX, May-20
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation (C10)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: Anyone else think AAA was drunk for this one? First, 6. Nh3!? h6 (6 ... c5 looks playable) 7. Nf4 (OK, I like Nf4 in the French, but not here). Second, 8. c4!? (over 8. c3) and reorganizing his pieces with 9. Nc3 & 10. Be2, plus doubled c Pawns. Third, 17. Qe3!? and the Nh5 supposedly is immune (17 ... gxh5 18. Qxe6+ fxe6 19. Bxh5+ mates), but there's a gaping hole = 18 ... Qe7! 19. Bxe7 fxe6 and Black is up a piece (20. Bxf6 Nxf6), or 18. Bxh5 Nf8 holds everything (19. Qxh6?? Bg5, or 19. Bxf8 Rxf8 20. Qxh6 and Black appreciates the piece & open lines for 2 Pawns). But later 31. h4! and the Ph4 really is immune (31 ... Qxh4? 32. Qxf7+! mates) then he sacrificed a Bishop (32. Bxg6!) and Rook (35. Rxh6+!) for mate. Sheer brilliance, even on the sauce!
May-11-04  poktirity: Well he played good enough to win...

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