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Alexander Alekhine vs Stepan Erdelyi
Prague Olympiad (1931), Prague CSR, rd 13, Jul-21
Sicilian Defense: Kramnik Variation (B40)  ·  1-0



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Nov-17-06  alayo: Black missed a winning chance on move 30.....Bxg2+! 31.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 32.Kxg2 Nh4+ forking the king and bishop and recovering his his piece with a second extra pawn. Alekhine would have had to do his magic to fight for a draw.
Aug-01-08  CharlesSullivan: Alekhine should have found 34.♕h8+! ♔e7 35.♕f6+! ♔d7 36.♘xe4 ♗xe4 37.♕xf7+ and White wins quickly. Black had a great chance to hold the game after Alekhine's 34.♕xc5+? by playing 34...♔g8!
Nov-21-08  Calli: <alayo> is right, it took a lot from Erdelyi to lose this one. Most precise is 30...Rxf5! forcing further reduction of forces: 31.Rxf5 Bxg2+ 32.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 33.Kxg2 Nh4+ 34.Kf1 Nxf5.

Alekhine's pawn sacs here, 20.f4? etc, are total nonsense.

Mar-31-10  alexrawlings: This would make a nice Wednesday puzzle with Black to move at move 30.

Leonard Barden wrote about this game today saying: <Alekhine was world champion for 17 years, yet battled alcoholism for most of his reign. An early symptom occurred in today's puzzle, a game for which he turned up half an hour late. Under current international rules this would have meant an automatic default loss but Alekhine was only penalised on the clock. He played unsteadily and lost a pawn, giving his little known Romanian opponent this strong position. But Black continued with 30.. Nh4? 31 Bh7+! Kf8 (31.. Kxh7 32 Qxh4+) 32 Be4 and Alekhine recovered to win. Afterwards they said Erdelyi had missed the chance of his life. Can you find Black's winning move?>

<Calli>'s line is the one given as the answer but I think <alayo>'s works too.

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  offramp: <alexrawlings> I seem to be following you again. This is a weird one.
My Fritz 10 gives the following, in order:
1. (-5.00): 30...b4
2. (-4.89): 30...h5
3. (-3.51): 30...Qe8
4. (-2.65): 30...Bb6
5. (-2.63): 30...Bd6
6. (-2.47): 30...Bb4

So the position is won for black in many ways!

Later, 31...Kxh7 wins easily for black.

32.Qxh4+ Kg8 33.Qg4 and white is about to come under a withering attack.

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