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Alexander Alekhine vs Dr. Mueller
Simul, 31b (1929), Wiesbaden GER, Nov-17
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  1-0



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Jun-10-06  ClubplayerGOLD: HOW COULD NOBODY HAVE COMMENTED ON THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16.d5, 17.d6 and 18.d7+ oh my!

Alekhine, Alekhine

Jun-10-06  Petrocephalon: Sorry to be less enthusiastic, but those seem like quite natural moves to me. Still, fun game to play over.

I think black probably erred first with 5..Nd5, since the e4 square is evidently going to be important to white. Then fiddling around with the queenside knight. And I wonder if Black should have taken the opportunity to capture the bishop on e3 when he had the chance?

Jun-10-06  ClubplayerGOLD: Sorry to sound like an idiot, but those are natural moves!

I was just saying that it was cool(: When my nickname is ClubplayerGOLD I'm being modest!!!!:)

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  Pawn and Two: 17.dxc6! was much stronger than 17.d6. After 17.d6, Black could have played 17...Bf6! with an inferior position, but with some chances to draw.
Jun-10-06  Petrocephalon: <Pawn and Two> Can you expand on that? I don't understand your post.
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  Pawn and Two: <Petrocephalon> If 17.dxc6! fxe4 18.Bxe4 wins

If 17.dxc6! 0-0 18.Qxd8 Rxd8 19.Nd6 bxc6 20.Bxc6 and White is winning.

Or 17.dxc6! 0-0 18.Qxd8 Rxd8 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.cxb7 and White is winning.

Or 17.dxc6! 0-0 18.Qxd8 Rxd8 18.Nd6 Rxd6 19.cxb7 and White is winning.

After 17.d6 Bf6! 18. Nxf6+ Qxf6 19. Bg5 Qf7 Black still has some chances for a draw.

Jun-11-06  blingice: 23. Ncxe4 was an impressive (although basic) tactic.

I also think the one-pawn run was creative. I don't really see what it accomplished though. Could someone explain it?

Further, Alekhine forced the bishop/pawn for knight trade with 23. Ng5+.

If 23..Ke5, 24. Nf7+ Ke6 25. Qxf5+ Ke7 26. Rfe1+ Kf8 27. Nxc8+ Kxf7 28. Qxd7+ and so forth.

If 23..Ke7, 24. Rfe1+ and I'm sure you can see the series of discovered checks and knight moves from there.

Jun-11-06  Petrocephalon: <Pawn and Two> Thanks. But one thing 17.d6 Bf6 that remanins unclear to me is what if white proceeds with the same plan as in the game: 17.d6 Bf6 18.d7 Qxd7 19.Nd6+ Ke7 20.Bc5, etc? If the variation continues as per the game up to 23.Nxe4, then Black will be a tempo up vs. the game, but it still seems that white has a winning attack.
Jun-11-06  Petrocephalon: <Blingice> I think one could say that the sole purpose of the one-pawn run was to get rid of it, allowing Nd6+.
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  Pawn and Two: <Petrocephalon> The Nd6+ idea is interesting. After 17.d6 Bf6 18.d7 Qxd7 19.Nd6+ Kf8 seems to be the best reply for Black.

I had Fritz 9 do an evaluation of the position after 19.Nd6+ Kf8. Fritz's evaluation at (16 ply) is slightly in favor of Black (-.29). Fritz suggested these continuations: 20.c5 e4 21.Bg2 Ng6e5 or 20.c5 e4 21.Bg2 Kg8.

Based on these reviews, 17.dxc6! seems clearly to be White's best move.

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