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Jaroslav Sajtar vs Alexander Alekhine
Prague (1943), Prague CSR, rd 12, Apr-21
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Passive play with white pieces for draw against Alekhine did not work. Then he usually took the initiative already in the opening, pressed the opponent and expoited almost every small inaccuracy made by the opponent under pressure.

Sajtar's 7.Nxd4 makes no troubles to black, 7.exd4 would have been better. After some ten moves black has very comfortable position and probably some advantage.

38.Qe4 was not good but it is difficult to find anything reasonable for white. 38.Qxa6 d3 39.Ng1 Qb2 is good only for black.

Alekhine's 43...Ne2! is cool little tactical joke.

Nov-20-05  Calli: After 38.Qxa6 d3 39.Ng1 Qb2 then 40.Qc4 (stopping Nf4) Rd4 41.Qc1 Qxb4 42.a6 White may be okay? At least I don't see a simple way that Black can deal with the a-pawn.
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  Honza Cervenka: Maybe better for black is 38.Qxa6 d3 39.Ng1 Qb2 40.Qc4 Rd4 41.Qc1 Qxc1! 42.Rxc1 Rxb4 43.Ra1 Nc5 with great advantage of black. For example 44.a6 is no good for 44...Ra4. Black passed d-Pawn is thanks to bad Knight of white much better white's a-Pawn. Also 44.f4 d2 45.Nf3 Ra4 46.Rd1 Ne4 (threatening fork on f2) 47.Kg1 Rxa5 is probably lost for white as white cannot eliminate d-Pawn without losing the exchgange. If 48.Nxd2, then 48...Rd5.
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  offramp: In the ending, Alekhine may have been thinking of Bogoljubov vs Lasker, 1924,
Nov-20-05  Calli: <Honza Cervenka> Thanks. That looks convincing!
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  Gypsy: <53...Ne1+!> If now 54.Kg4..., then 54.Rg2+ 55.Kf4 Nd3+ 56.Kf3 Rf2+ 57.Ke3 Nxb4 58.Kxf2 Nd3+ and 59...Nxe5 0-1.
Sep-18-21  tbontb: Alekhine shows how to exploit the middlegame chances offered by the passed d pawn, as opposed to the enemy Q-side majority. After 39....d3 Black is clearly better so the last (slim) chance to fight on may be 39.Kg1 Re5 40.Qd3 Qxb4 41.Nxd4 Nf4 with a grim defensive task for White.

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