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Alexander Alekhine vs Klaus Junge
"Smart Alek" (game of the day Nov-14-2016)
3rd General Government (1942), Lublin POL, rd 5, Oct-17
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Castling line (C86)  ·  1-0



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May-24-08  hedgeh0g: <Nikita Smirnov> is that the only spelling mistake you could find?
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  whiteshark: <spelling mistake> Nip things in the bud! For this reason empires have been perished!!! :D
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  kevin86: Black can avoid the bishop altogether:

26...♔h8 but 27 ♕f6# would be the ultimate penalty.
or the Hobson's choice:
26...♔xf7 27 ♕xh7+ skewers the queen.

26...♖xf7 27 ♕g5+ forks king and rook.

or the text...

May-24-08  Marmot PFL: I hear they play a lot of chess in Krakow at a park on the Vistula. I bet they are friendlier than the Germans I tried to play in Dusseldorf at a park on the Rhine.

I thought that Junge avenged this loss to Alekhine in Salzburg, but actually I am not sure which game came first.

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  whiteshark: <Marmot PFL> Junge/Alekhine played 5 games in four major 1942 tournaments:

<Salzburg; <09-18 June>> (+1 =0 -1)

<Munich; <14-26 Sept>> Junge lost

<Lublin-Warsaw-Crakow <in Oct.>> Junge lost

<Prag <05-16 Dec>> – Junge lost in the last round so that they shared 1st/2nd price.

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  Jimfromprovidence: <Brian Watson> <I don't understand the annotation to move 23. 23 ... Nd5 24. Qf3 Nf6
What is the threat?>

<Shadout Mapes> <23...Nd5 24.Qf3 Nf6 25.g4 with a strong attack. - Silman.>

After 25 g4, then 25…h6. Another line is 25…Rxd1+. Then after 26 Rxd1 or Bxd1, 26…h6.

Black looks just as good as white.

May-24-08  Wone Jone: Ahh, yes. Nazi versus Nazi. Who do you root against?
May-25-08  zenpharaohs: Black was only a little behind until

25 ... f5 ??

and Alekhine's "elegant finish" is actually the second best move. Better is

26 Qg5+ Kh8
27 Qf6+ Kg8
28 Rxd8 Rxd8
29 Bxf7+ Qxf7
30 Qxd8+ Kg7
31 Qxb6 ...

Of course, it's really hard to fault Alekhine because the line he played also results in a won endgame.

May-26-08  Nikita Smirnov: <hedgeh0g: <Nikita Smirnov> is that the only spelling mistake you could find?>

Yes it is,but I never try to care.But now something went wrong,totally wrong.

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  patzer2: Alekhine is correct I think when he indicates 23...c5? is "the end" for Black. Instead, perhaps 23...Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Nd7= gives Black hope of survival.

After the surprising 24. f6!! positional pawn sacrifice, Black's weakened castled position begins to crumble and no longer seems defensible. The follow-up 26. Bxf7+! leaves Black's position hopeless lost, even though 26. Qg5+! would have also won as noted by <zenpharaohs>.

Here's some analysis:


This appears to lose. Instead, 23... Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Nd7 = appears to hold.

<24. f6!!>

As Alekhine suggests, this positional pawn sacrifice appears to win outright.

<24...gxf6 25. Qh6 f5?!> This move speeds up the loss.

Black could put up more resistance with 25... e4, but still appears to be lost after 26. Qxf6 Nc4 27. Bc2 e3 28. Qg5+ Kh8 29. Qf5 exf2+ 30. Kxf2 f6 31. Rxd8 Rxd8 32. Qxf6+ .

<26. Bxf7+!>

Also winning is 26. Qg5+! Kh8 27. Qf6+ Kg8 28. Rxd8 Rxd8 29. Bxf7+ Kf8 30. Bc4+ Ke8 31. Bxb5+ Nd7 32. Qh8+ Ke7 33. Qxh7+ Kf8 34. Bc4 .

<26... Qxf7> This loses, but so does everything else.

If 26...Kxf7, then 27. Qxh7+ skewers the King and wins the Queen.

If 26...Rxf7, then 27. Qg5+ generates a mating attack.

If 26...Kh8?, then 27. Qf6# wins.

<27. Rxd8! Na4 28. b3> 1-0 Black resigns in a hopeless position, since 28...Rxd8 loses to 29. Qg5+! .

Also winning strongly, and perhaps a bit easier for White, is 28. Rad1! Qg7 29. Qe6+ Qf7 30. Rxf8+ Kxf8 31. Rd8+ Kg7 32. Rd7 .

Apr-14-09  notyetagm: 27 ?

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27 ♗b3xf7+!!

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Wow, what a *great* finish by Alekhine.

ALEKHINE: <▼ An elegant finish. Whether or not he captures the bishop Black loses material.>

Sep-12-09  WhiteRook48: or gets checkmated
Feb-27-11  64rutor: 22...Nxf5? (22...Nbc4 23.Bxc4 Nxc4 24.Qg5 g6 25.Nh6+ Kg7 26.Ng4 f6 27.Qh6+ According to Jeremy Silman white has now just a small edge.)
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  jessicafischerqueen: I have submitted a correction slip for this game-

It was not played in Cracow, but rather Lublin.

This game is round 5 of the <Third General Government Tournament> played in Poland 11-28 October 1942.

Round 5 was played in <Lublin> on 17th October:

"The first four rounds of the tournament were played in Warsaw, the next four in Lublin and the last three in Cracow."

--Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946
Skinner and Verhoeven, p.689

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  ToTheDeath: Great game, Alekhine always makes his victories seem inevitable.
Nov-14-16  AlicesKnight: Before move 23 it does not look (to the untutored eye) as if White has much of a target, there being no pieces close to the Black K side. Nor does it look as if Black's d8 square has a weakness. Alexander used the phrase "lightning from a clear sky" in connection with some of Alekhine's attacks. IMO this is an example.
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  kevin86: White wins from the side.
Nov-14-16  RandomVisitor: After 23.exf5 white has a promising position:

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+0.50/45 23...Nd5 24.Qc5 Qd6 25.Qxd6 Rxd6 26.Ra7 g5 27.Bxd5 Rxd5 28.Rxd5 cxd5 29.Rb7 d4 30.Rxb5 dxc3 31.bxc3 Rc8 32.Rxe5 Rxc3 33.g3 Kg7 34.Kg2 Rc4 35.Kf3 h5 36.g4 Rf4+ 37.Kg3 h4+ 38.Kg2 Rb4 39.Rc5 Kf6 40.Rc7 Rb2 41.Ra7 Rb3 42.Ra6+ Ke5 43.Ra5+ Kf6 44.Ra7 Rb2 45.Rd7 Rb3 46.Rd5 Rb2 47.Rd6+ Ke5 48.Rd7 Kf6 49.Rc7 Rb4 50.Rc6+ Ke5 51.Ra6

Way back at move 10 black had other options:

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0.00/36 10...h6 11.a4 Bd7 12.Bc2 Bd6 13.h3 Ne7 14.c4 bxc4 15.Nbd2 c3 16.bxc3 Ng6 17.Nc4 Qe7 18.Be3 Bc5 19.Rfe1 a5 20.Rad1 Rfe8 21.Qf1 Reb8 22.Qe2 Bc6 23.Qf1 Bd7

+0.09/35 10...Bd6 11.Bg5 Na5 12.Bc2 Nc4 13.b3 Nb6 14.Rd1 h6 15.Be3 Qe7 16.h3 Bd7 17.Nbd2 Rfe8 18.Nf1 Bc5 19.Ne1 Rad8 20.Rd2 Bxe3 21.Qxe3 Bc8 22.Rxd8 Rxd8 23.Ng3 a5 24.Nd3 a4 25.Rd1 a3 26.Nc5 Rxd1+ 27.Bxd1 Qd6 28.Bf3 Nbd7 29.Nd3 Nf8 30.Nh5

Feb-18-18  tgyuid: so the donkey has to abandon the alpha-file....; checkmate
Feb-18-18  tgyuid: eat my checkmate
Feb-18-18  tgyuid: eat it first
Feb-18-18  tgyuid: eat my checkmate for france
Sep-14-19  csmath: 26. Bxf7 is just for the style, typical Alekhine, it is prettier than 26. Qg5.

It is interesting that Alekhine does not comment 25. ...f5? which is an awful mistake opening diagonal for attack on d8.

Sep-15-19  Calli: After 23...c4. Alekine says "It is already the end. To 23...Nd5 White would have replied 24.Qf3 after which Black's position could not be held." Hmm, 24...Nf6 and then what?

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  naresb: If I wish to enjoy the game, I look at 17. Nf1---- 21. Nf5---- 23. exf5 which provokes opponent to commit mistake with 23... c5.

But by my drive for perfection tells me 17. Qe3 followed with 18. Nf3 stands the best course of action.

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