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Grigory Levenfish vs Alexander Alekhine
St. Petersburg Quadrangular (1913)  ·  Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  1-0
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May-28-04  HailM0rphy: Pfffff I wonder how many more games Alekhine woulda won if he woulda had a human as his second, not a bottle of whiskey. Nb6? Nd7?? Qc3???? I was expecting him to castle with his queen next...
May-28-04
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  Honza Cervenka: <HailM0rphy> Alekhine had problems with alcohol, but it was much later than in 1913. This game he lost because he overlooked or underestimated 17.dxc6! After this move he was helpless. Instead of 17...Nb6 he could have played 17...bxc6, but it doesn't help much as then after 18.Rxd2 black cannot play 18...Qxd2 for simple 19.Ba6# and 18...Rde8 19.Rc2 Re6 20.Bc4 Re1+ 21.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 22.Rc1 Qxf2 23.Ba6+ Kd8 24.Be5 is hopeless for black. Alekhine's 18...Nfd7 is absolutely forced by threat 19.Qc7# or 19.Qxb7#. 20...Qc3 was evidently played with last hope in 21.bxc3?? Rxf7 and there was no significantly better alternative.
May-28-04  HailM0rphy: Ah yes..I too underestimated Dxc6 too..And after this his positon is completly hopeless as blacks peices are very well placed, very active, and blacks king has an apple on it. As for Qc3 and others instead of resigning.. Why not? I probly woulda done same thing incase hes dumb enough to play Bxc3 :)
Oct-26-04  aw1988: Alekhine was quite young in 1913.
Oct-26-04  aw1988: 21 years old.
Feb-10-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: 20...Bc3 21.Rxc3+ Nc4 22.Rxc4+ Kd8 23.Qf6+ Re7 24.Qxh8+ Re8 25.Qf6+ Re7 26.Qf8+ Kd7 27.Qc8#

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