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Carl Ahues vs Alexander Alekhine
Bad Nauheim (1936), Bad Nauheim GER, rd 4, May-20
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Alekhine Defense (D22)  ·  0-1

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Jul-31-05  supertimchan: 15..Bxg3 is brilliant. Exchange the d6 bishop which is not very active for the knight. Compensation is closed position and the d5 square the black's knight. Also white's king side is weakened and the g4 square is clear for the black's knight.
Jul-31-05  A.Alekhine: As usual..Alekhine delivers
Jul-31-05  fgh: My favorite move in this game is 16. ... Ne7. Simply beautifull how it controls d5! Btw if 32. Qxf1 Nc2#.
Jun-04-06  Microbe: Truly masterful from Alekhine! His use of the knight was sensational! It's no wonder Ludek Pachman used this game to teach players how to use knights. This game has actually changed my entire understanding and use of the knight. Quite something.
Sep-09-06  notyetagm: <Microbe: ... His use of the knight was sensational! It's no wonder Ludek Pachman used this game to teach players how to use knights.>

In which Pachman book was this?

Sep-09-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <notyetagm> Modern Chess Strategy

(printed by Dover Publications)

The above book, is a condensed version of the three volume unabridged version:

Strategie Moderniho Sachu

Mar-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: In my early playing days, about 1974-75, Pachman's lucid analysis of this game made a striking impression on me; if it's still possible to find Modern Chess Strategy in print, I highly recommend getting a copy to anyone wishing to improve their understanding of the game.

16.fxg3 may have been worth a try- certainly it could have fared no worse than the continuation of the game, combined with White's feeble play thereafter.

Oct-18-11  Kasparovsky5: Dear colleague fgh: After 32.Qxf1 Alekhine mates in one of two ways, i.e. ...,Nxe3 or ...,Nb2 (Not ...,Nc2).
Apr-21-14  Sourav: I am reading Pachman's book these days. I just finished replaying this game. I got a second hand copy on Amazon.
Sep-06-14  ssitimefill: A very instructive game!
Sep-08-14  visayanbraindoctor: One of the most beautiful finishes in the history of chess. A smothered mate in the middle of the board.

Peculiarly, one usually does not see these types of games in Lasker or Capablanca. Yet it isn't surprising for AAA. He had just the right combination of creative imagination and calculative tactical skills to create such brillancies in a consistent manner throughout his career. He played for such games, had the talent and skill to achieve them, and so he did.

IMO only Kasparov has surpassed him in this specialty.

Apr-02-17
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  offramp:


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26...Re6. I thought this was an oversight from Alekhine. It is possible that Ahues thought it was a mistake as well. The black rook went to f6, and now the rook on c8 was protected, meaning that the rook on b5 was attacked, so Alekhine had gained a tempo.

Jul-28-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: If, in fact, Ahues believed his great opponent had overlooked the minor tactical point in the diagram presented by <offramp>, he might well have asked himself why Alekhine would allow the possibility if it could be good.
Jul-05-21
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  Turmangriff: White seems OK after 31 Qxf1 - What am I missing?

Thanks in advance for any replies

Jul-05-21
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  fredthebear: Stockfish 9 above says 31.Qxf1 Rxf1+ 32.Ke2 Rf2+ 33.Kd1 Rxg2 34.b5 Rg1+ 35.Ke2 -+ -5.74 (22 ply)

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