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Alexander Alekhine vs Paul Keres
Warsaw Olympiad (1935), Warsaw POL, rd 2, Aug-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-04  firn: Why did Keres resign here?
Feb-28-04  Hidden Skillz: on move 36 keres wanted Rd8..forcing the white rook to eat it n becoming a new queen..but dat was resolved by the white bishop..from there on black would lose pawn after pawn..
Sep-03-04  InspiredByMorphy: <firn> Between 36.Nf6 being threatened, the loose pawns on c5 and e2, and white having two minor pieces and a rook to blacks rooks, the advantage of whites seems too strong.
Nov-03-04  Bobak Zahmat: 29.Rxc5 is a great move. Very nice game with bold sides sharp tactics.
May-07-07  notyetagm: Position after 28 ... ♖c8-e8?:

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Alekhine now wins material with 29 ♖c1x♘c5!, a combination based on the following tactical points

<1) A DEFENDER WHOSE GUARD CAN BE REMOVED DOES NOT COUNT AS A DEFENDER AT ALL> Since the Black c5-knight which <DEFENDS> the Black b7-queen can be captured (29 ♖c1x♘c5!), the Black queen is effectively <UNDEFENDED> and lined up with the White f3-queen on the a8-h1 diagonal

<2) BLOCKADERS DO NOT DEFEND, THEY ONLY BLOCKADE> Black d6-pawn must <BLOCKADE> the White d5-pawn to prevent the <DISCOVERED ATTACK> d5-d6 so it cannot leave the <BLOCKADING> d6-square and hence cannot <DEFEND> either c5 or e5

<3) ZWISCHENSCHACH (IN-BETWEEN CHECK)> After 30 ... ♕b7x♕f3 White does not immediately recapture the queen but instead first interpolates 31 d6x♗e7+ ♖e8xe7, winning a piece for his pawn, and only -then- does he recapture the queen with 32 ♘d2x♕f3

The result of this beautiful <petite combinaison> is that White wins two pieces for a rook and a pawn, a material advantage that Alekhine converts into a win.

29 ♖c1x♘c5! <remove the guard> d6x♖c5 <blockaders do not defend> 30 d5-d6 <discovered attack> ♕b7x♕f3 31 d6x♗e7+ <zwischenschach> ♖e8xe7 32 ♘d2x♕f3

Position after 32 ♘d2x♕f3 :

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Feb-08-10  jmboutiere: firn: Why did Keres resign here?
I believe that after f6 and Rxe2 the position of the black king and rooks is very bad
Apr-27-11  SetNoEscapeOn: < jmboutiere: firn: Why did Keres resign here? I believe that after f6 and Rxe2 the position of the black king and rooks is very bad>

Yes, and more importantly he's already down the equivalent of two pawns. A rook can sometimes fight against two minor pieces if there are a lot of pawn weaknesses to attack and open files. A position like this (with a healthy pawn structure and lots of roles for the minor pieces) would be child's play for AA to convert.

Oct-31-11  JIRKA KADLEC: 29.Rxc5?! dxc5 30. d6 Qxf3 31.dxe7+ Rxe7 32.Nxf3 Kg7!= ( 29.Ne4! Bxe4 30.Bxe4 )
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Warsaw Olympiad 1935>

<Alekhine> played first board for France, garnering the Silver Medal behind <Flohr>.

Jan-26-14  GREYSTRIPE: For the Spanish-Game-Morphy, Alekhine made sure and certain captures-of-squares. No sudden movements but rather the intelligence-quotient of masterfully enacted chess-pieces-of-note forthed. The 3N2 is solid. The Knights held for Bishops-play. The Queen factored for squares, and the opponent tipped their king. Alekhine is a Grandmaster of Note and is to be respected for his checkmates and style of play with the unexpected capture of a piece N5-E5 gains and Centers which no opposer can see coming. Alekhine is true to the strength of chess and its chess-play-squares-plays.
Apr-09-21  tympsa: Young Keres just missed exchange sac following double attack on queen and bishop . He was 19 y.o. playing against World Champion with black pieces and until 28...Re8 he did pretty well .
Apr-10-21  tympsa: Actually all knowing Stockfish is not that impressed with 29 .Rxc5 variation . It says it draws . It says 29 . Ne4 Nxe4 30 . Bxe4 Bf6 is much better for white .

SF says decisive blunder was 35...Rd7.

35... Rg4 would be almost equal game, only +0.3 . But clearly Alekhine preferred beautiful exchange sac and double attack tactic when he saw it over strong and "boring" 29. Ne4. And perhaps young Keres was more impressed by that than he should have been had if he had more experiance with top players .

I let SF 11 to play game after 35. Ne4 Rg4 against itself . Black managed to exchange rook against knight and bishop and drawed in rook endgame.

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