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Gustaf Nyholm vs Alexander Alekhine
Stockholm (1912), Stockholm SWE, rd 10, Jul-05
Danish Gambit: Declined. Sorensen Defense (C21)  ·  0-1


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Feb-11-04  gentle75: Very deep motiv - an intriguing combination as a result! Look at it again. Where did white get rong? It's very thiny oppening mistake.
Apr-23-04  shr0pshire: 21. .... Be6!! It is simply removing the Queen as a defender. Alekhine knows that his two rooks on the 8th rank are enough protection for his king, so sacking the piece is appropriate.

Also, this allows black great pressure along the D file, and black's knight is set up for an easy mate.

21. ... Be6 is another great positional sack where black doesn't seem to get anything from it, but in retrospect, black gets great position, and removes a defender.

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  Calli: Isn't 25.Qg6?? just a big fat blunder. 25.Nf3 looks alright.
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  perfidious: <Calli>, You're correct that 25. Nf3 is best-Reinfeld also notes this in 100 Instructive Games of Alekhine, saying that White keeps some attacking chances despite his material deficit, though without taking a thorough look at things, I'm sceptical how much White has going for him.
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  Calli: <perfidious> After 25.Nf3 the threat is R5e3 winning the knight and also Nh4-Ng3+ Looks like a pretty good attack.
Jun-10-05  joddle: 18. Qc2? White should have played 18. Qa1
After 18. Qa1 Qd7 19. Rxa7 Rxa7 20. Qxa7, the pawn is defended. After 18. Qa1, black can try 18. Nxa4!? 19. Bc4 Qxc4 20. Nxc4 with a rook/pawn/bishop for the queen.
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  Gypsy: <Calli: ... After 25.Nf3 the threat is R5e3 winning the knight...>

Kotov wallpapers: <25.Qg6 -- Error, which just hastens White's inescapable loss.>

Well, that is a pretty nonchalant treatment of a rather difficult defensive task. I looked at these variations:

I. <25.Bf3> Re8 26.Qxe8+ Rxe8 27.Rxe8+ Kh7 28.Re3 Kc2 29.Nd4 Qb2 30.Nxf5...

II. <25.Bf3 Re8> 26.Qg6 Rxd5 27.Rxd5? Ne2+ ...

III. <25.Bf3 Re8 26.Qg6 Rxd5 27.Nxd5> Qd2(!) (prevents 28.Nf7+ Kg8 29.Nxh6+ Kh8 30.Nf7+...) 28.Nf3 Qd7 ...

While the latter two are slipery, critical still seems the first of the variations. Black probably should grind a win, but I certainly would not be that cavalier about it all.

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  Calli: <Gypsy> 25.Nf3 Re8?? loses since 26.Qc6 attacks a8. After 26...Rc8 27.R5e3 wins the Knight.

With Kotov covering up for Alyehkin, I must be right on this one :-)

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  Gypsy: <Calli> Did not even look to the Q-side; tired mind. But the position after 25.Nf3 is not all that easy to consolidate in the first place.

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  beatgiant: <Calli>
<After 25.Nf3 the threat is R5e3 winning the knight and also Nh4-Ng3+ Looks like a pretty good attack.>

What if Black offers pawn(s) back to simplify and activate the a-pawn, for example 25. Nf3 Qd7 26. Qc4 Ne4 27. Nh4 Qd2 28. Rf1 Qg5 29. Nf3 Nd2 30. Nxd2 Qxd2 31. Qxc7 a5 32. Rxf5 a4 33. Rf7 Qb2, etc. looks good for Black.

Feb-15-14  Conrad93: So is 3...d5 the best way to play against the Danish Gambit?
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  perfidious: White gets a game to his liking after acceptance of the gambit; for a less explored method of declining the offer, see 3....Qe7: Opening Explorer
Jun-13-16  Dhikey: Alekhine won because of black's last move..
Dec-02-16  RKnight: I fail to see why the surprising 21..Be6 is hailed as a great move. By this time Alekhine had already won, as the simple 21...kh8 wins convincingly: 22 Qxc3 Qxf2+, 23 Kh1 Bg7 24. Rg4 Rg4, 25 Bf1 Rxd2. Or if 22 Nf3 Qxd3, 23 Qxc3 Qxc3.
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  Sally Simpson: The previous post makes no sense.

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" 21...kh8 wins convincingly: 22 Qxc3 Qxf2+, 23 Kh1 Bg7 ."

Posted in the wrong thread....had a totally different position on the board?


Good fun game. Reinfeld thinks Alekhine was following J Mieses vs S Von Freymann, 1909

But here: (White to play)

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Instead of 9.Qd3 which gave White a poor position (though White won due to back to back blunders from Black) Nyholm improved with 9.Bd2.

Reinfeld too thinks here (White to play)

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25.Nf3 offers chances.

All Reinfeld says after 25. Qg6?? 'Too Bad'

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