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Alexander Alekhine vs Biriukoff
Simul, 37b (1933), Hong Kong, Feb-06
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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  nasmichael: Playing through this is like watching a story unfold. The decisions are clear, the questions well-asked, the answers favoring the victory of Alekhine. The pawn chain that comes to bear in the closing of the game binds up Biriukoff. I played a correspondence game in which the opening was similar, but the story unfolds differently. The ending has yet to be told as of today, but in looking back, I see we ask different questions than did these two masterful opponents.

It is good to be aware of the differences. It gives me as an amateur something to aim for in my play.

Oct-17-07  Orion Sphere: No amazing tactics this game or anything. Pretty straight forward. Alekhine wins a pawn and everything just trades perfectly for a won endgame with white actually getting an extra pawn along the way. I haven't checked much but I'd say pretty weak play from biriukoff. I'd say the game I played today over the board was more exciting than this comfortable win for Alekhine. In my game my opponent played 7. ...Bd6 however. It's possible I just didn't convert the win as efficienly as Alekhine, but I feel Biriukoff handed this game to Alekhine on a plater. Well put away by Alekhine nevertheless, but seeing such a bland game is strangly encouraging. In my game I wound up winning another pawn my opponent seemed to sacrifice while I was working down the half-open g-file, thus opening the d-file. He then had potential counterplay after he easily dominated the file due to my activity on the g-file so I went on the defensive trying to play for supporting the d-file but happily my opponent proceeded to trade pieces and I earned a won endgame with 2 extra pawns after trading all pieces. All this was after my play down the g-file was promising a kingside attack. Queens came off the board at move 30 rather than 21 here, so all in all, this seems like quite a bland game here but instructive to see how black posed no challenge to white after a dubious opening and Alekhine didn't miss the opportunity to skewer the queen and c7 pawn on move 16.
Oct-18-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Hong Kong, China on February 6, 1933.

Alekhine scored +34=2-1.

See <South China Morning Post>, May 26, 1933, pg. 8.

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