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Karel Opocensky vs Alexander Alekhine
Duras 60 mem (1942), Prague, rd 8, Dec-13
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  0-1



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Aug-17-03  Kenneth Sterling: This is the first Alekhine game I have ever seen in which he plays something even resembling the King's Indian.
Aug-17-03  Sylvester: <Kenneth Sterling: This is the first Alekhine game I have ever seen in which he plays something even resembling the King's Indian.> I just checked the database for Alekhine as black for the Old Indian and King's Indian. There is only one other game, Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929
Aug-20-03  Kenneth Sterling: It was very much out of favour in the thirties, it made something of a comeback after the war.
Aug-20-03  Jonber: It's almost painful to see how Opocensky blunders away a winning position. 19.Rxd5 instead, and his advantage had grown even larger.
Aug-20-03  The Backward Pawn: i dont get why 24. Rd8+, why not Bxh3, what am i missing?
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  AgentRgent: <why not Bxh3, what am i missing?> 24. Bxh3 Qe3+ 25. Kh1 Qf3+ 26. Kg1 (or 26. Bg2 Qxg2#) Qf2+ 27. Kh1 Qxh2#
Nov-05-06  tarlan13: Bxh3!!! the strongest move of chess history by the strongest player
Nov-05-06  Calli: I think my next collection will be "Really bad openings with Black and how to get out of them by A.Alekhine".
Feb-15-12  screwdriver: Seems like trickery was the name of Alekine's game this time. Yes, the Bh3 was a good move by Alekine, because if white takes the bishop on h3, Alekine has Qe3 check, where white has to run his king to h1 to avoid mate in one. Then Queen f3 check and if Bg2, then Qqueen X g2 mate, if king back to g1, then Queen f2 check forcing the king back to h1. Then checkmate capturing the h2 pawn. Opocensky sacked his rook back, to avoid all this but ended up having an inferior pawn down, exchange down ending with no real trumps. So he resigned.
Jan-03-15  ndg2: Opocensky played exactly how white should playcwithin the fianchetto system oft the old Indian defense and Bad considerable advantage until move 19,only to blinder it away in one move.

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