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Alexander Alekhine vs Movsa Feigin
Kemeri (1937), Kemeri URS, rd 6, Jun-22
Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack. Modern Variation (B10)  ·  1-0



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Nov-21-12  Eric Farley: Euwe, in his book "The Middlegame" vol 2, said that "when one has a certain advantage that can't be exploited by direct means, one must maneuver.There must, however, be a definite advantage, no matter how small for maneuvering to be practical. When this isn't so and one maneuvers to and fro in the hope that the opponent will blunder sooner or later, this isn't maneuvering; it is woodshifting." I beg to differ. This game is a case in question. Analyzing the board after move 14 by Black, we see the position is level. Then from move 15 up to move 29 by White, Alekhine maneuvered to and fro (Euwe would call it "woodshifted" to and fro). Then Black blundered and played 29... Rc4 when he should have played ...b5 (analysis by me) and Alekhine finally won. This is a perfectly valid method showing that Alekhine, unlike the "masters" of today, had stamina. Maneuvering is a perfectly valid technique regardless.
Mar-05-13  Owl: Very interesting "wood shifting" Alekhine... the greatest combination player of all time. In chess sometimes a blockade position arise because of the opening the Caro Kahn is the most drawish defense to e4 game. Black is fine all the way up to whites move 44.nxf7 that move I wouldn't define as wood shifting
Jun-16-16  Naniwazu: I beg to differ with Eric Farley. It's true around move 15 the position remains about equal, however all of White's subsequent moves in some way constrain Black. Just look at the Rook on b8 how badly it's placed. To me this is high-class maneuvering, not merely 'wood-shifting'.
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  woldsmandriffield: This game impressed Alexander Kotov who cited it as a model example of manoeuvring. It seems though that Alekhine simply got away with a bluff.

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40..Bxd4 41 Nxf5 Bxb2 (now White's Rook is also attacked) 42 Rc2 Rd8 is fine for Black.

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Only 42..b6? led to a loss. 42..b5 may be survivable but Black's can also opt for 42..Rd8 with counterplay or try 42..Nh5!?

According to Kotov 46 Rd1 was sealed and Feigin resigned without continuing: 46..Rxd8 47 axb6 +- The "Guess the Move" programme penalises 46 Qxd7 but this is just as good with the point that 46..Rd8 47 Qc7 bxa5 runs into 48 Be5 +-

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