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Alexander Alekhine vs Bernhard Gregory
All-Russian Championship (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 12, Jan-22
Queen Pawn Game: Levitsky Attack (D00)  ·  0-1
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Jun-02-04  Whitehat1963: Gregory has a brilliant ending for Alekhine in a game that features the opening of the day.
Jun-02-04  zb2cr: Can anyone tell me why Alekhine blundered with 38Nc8? It doesn't take a great deal of tactical vision to see the trap coming with 2 of the 4 potential exits covered by the Knight already and one by the King. 38Na4 doesn't look all that charming, but it doesn't lose on the spot!
Jun-02-04
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  Sneaky: Actually, 38.Na4 does lose on the spot, after ...b5! So one might ask why Alekhine played into 36. Bxf5 which forced this continuation... clearly he was trying to save his h-pawn, already down a pawn you can't afford to lose another. So the mistake came before that as well.

Maybe the real problem here is more positional than tactical. If we go back a whole 20 moves earlier, we might suspect 17. h4, because that's the weak pawn lured him into getting his knight trapped, and it also invited the Black knight to come to g3 where it took up a very annoying post.

Jun-02-04  zb2cr: Thank you, <Sneaky>. I must have had an attack of the dreaded "chess blind spot" not to see that tactical shot after 38Na4.
Jun-02-04
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  Sneaky: I had a blind spot too--Alekhine was never down a pawn like I said. Anyhow, his position was poor, and although I don't know much about this Gregory fellow the small sample of games here proves that he was a very strong player.
Jun-02-04  Artificer: Why not 11_Be7?
Jun-02-04  zb2cr: <Sneaky>,

If Alekhine allowed his h-pawn to go lost on h4, then his g-pawn can't be defended either--which accounts for the 36Bxf5 move which set up the forced loss of the Knight. On move 36, I can't see any other reasonable try to save the h-pawn. If 36 h5, Nh4 will net the g-pawn & the h-pawn; 36 Nc8+, Kc7; 37 Na7, Nxh4--same deal; and a King move is simply irrelevant to the threat.

Going way back, I think that 23 Bxe7+, Rxe7; 24 Qg8+, Re8; 25 Qxg7 might have been better than the continuation Alekhine chose.

Nov-19-04
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's surprising to see a minor master displaying even more imagination than Alekhine. I think 17.h4 might be forced: Gregory is threatening 17...Bg5+, and if 17.g3,Bg5+; 18.f4,fxe4. So perhaps 16.Bd2 was forced? Alekhine might have shown insufficient imagination as early as move 4; 4.Qd3 would have delayed ...Bf5 and allowed f2-fe followed by e2-e4. 6.Bf4,Qb4!?; 7.e3!? or 6.e3 might also have been better.
Nov-04-05  lentil: i really liked 23. ..Rc8! with the nasty mate threat 24. ... Ne2+ 25. Bxe2 Rxc8#
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