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Oldrich Duras vs Alexander Alekhine
Mannheim (1914), Mannheim GER, rd 1, Jul-20
Spanish Game: Exchange. Lutikov Variation (C68)  ·  0-1


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  Benzol: This gamescore seems to have a few extra moves. "My Best Games Of Chess 1908 - 1923" by A. Alekhine says that he played 50...♗b5 and then Duras resigned.
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  meloncio: Yes, it's true. In my book (spanish version) he writes: "50. ... Bb4, and the King will support his pawns on the queen side until crowning, 0-1". And nothing more.
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  Benzol: My mistake, <meloncio> you're right, it is 50...♗b4 and not ♗b5 as I posted earlier.
Aug-27-04  sneaky pete: The Lauterbach edition of the tournament book confirms this is the correct score. AA's version is a fabrication to cover up a slight inaccuracy on move 50. Lauterbach kindly labels this a "cosmetic correction". One could also argue that AA was an inveterate liar and cheater and would today be in advertising or on George W.'s staff.
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  Sneaky: We've seen on other threads here demonstrating that Alekhine took some liberties, snipping off moves at the end of games if he felt they detracted from the beauty, or even adding a few moves at the end to illustrate the conclusion.

<would today be in advertising or on George W.'s staff. > ...and Kerry would claim that those extra moves were "seared in his brain." ;-)

Aug-07-09  Ulhumbrus: After 27..d5 "attacking furiously ( Tartakower) on 28 Rxd5 Bb7 pins the Rook, and on 28 dxc6 Bb7+ 29 f3 Re2+ compels White's King to abandon its defence of the f3 pawn and on 30 Kf1 Bxf3 31 dxc7 Rb8-e8 32 Rh3 g4! 33 Rh4 Re1+ 34 Kf2 Re8-e2 ia mate.

To borrow Alekhine's words on his game against Wolf, Alekhine indulged in some eccentricities which gave him a good game in the end because Duras did not react strongly enough, perhaps by playing something eccentric of his own or by making some sacrifice. After 5 Nxe5 Qe7 6 d4 d6 7 Nxc6 Qxe4+ 8 Qe2 White has won a pawn, at least temporarily.

Jun-15-11  ForeverYoung: Nice work here by Alekhine gradually building from a cramped but solid position and grabbing his chance with 24 ... Nd4! Duras makes a superb recovery saving the exchange forcing Alekhine to find the brilliant 40 ... g3! putting white away.
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  hoodrobin: Analysis of this game by Jan Timman can be found in "Timman's Titans" (book, New In Chess ed., 2016).
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