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David Bronstein vs Vladas Mikenas
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 12, Nov-03
Alekhine Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Main Line (B03)  ·  1-0



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Aug-31-05  Resignation Trap: In his personal notebook on Bronstein, Botvinnik entered: "Alekhine Defense. 'Br' played the main variation (e5, c4, f4) - the opponent replied ...Nb4 and ...c5. Mikenas rushed in cowardly fashion into the endgame, gave his opponent everything and lost quickly.

So, 'Br' happily goes into the endgame!? In general, a good game."

Jun-14-11  Everett: Interesting that Botvinnik thinks there was an endgame anywhere in this game. Perhaps the translation does not make sense of "queenless middlegame."
Nov-16-15  NeverAgain: Mikenas, one of main Soviet practitioners of the Alekhine Defence, employs here one of Alekhine's original plans for this opening - ...Nc6, ...Nb4 and ...c5. The idea didn't stand the test of time, however, as this game demonstrates.

One might wonder why Black so meekly let his opponent win the exchange with 21...Rd8. Was that a blunder? Wouldn't the obvious <21...Rc8> be better? Not if we observe the spidery web White has weaved around the black king:

<21...Rc8 22.Bh6+ Kf7> or 22...Kg8 <23.Rxd7!> and Black has to acquiesce to grievous losses as <23...Nxd7> allows mate <24.Bc4#>.

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