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Alexander Alekhine vs L Litov
Simul, 18b (1915), Serpukhov RUE, Nov-06
King's Gambit: Accepted. Greco Gambit (C38)  ·  1-0


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Oct-11-04  Ian McGarrett: I was wondering why black didn't capture the e pawn with 23... Rxe4 but upon checking Alekhine's best games found that this one didn't make the cut despite the elegant queen sac at the end so there were probably a few things that Litov missed.
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  IMlday: Hi Ian,
Black's Rook is still at d8 so 23..Rxe4 doesn't seem legal, but 27..Rxe4! looks nifty since 28.Kxe4? Qh7 mates! Alekhine looks bust to me.

Instead of 11.Na3 Marshall once played 11.e5!? fwiw.

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  InspiredByMorphy: Doesent 10. ...g4 leave white with no decent move for the knight?
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  InspiredByMorphy: The game which IMIday is referring to. Marshall vs Gunsberg, 1903 By the way, if you ever read this IMIday, thank you very much for your contributions of analysis regarding 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 g5 5.h4 g4 6.Ng1 I used to be discouraged by the Fischer defense but I am not anymore.
Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: wow, great queen sac
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  wwall: It looks like the losing move was 30...Qa7. Black may be winning after 30...Ne7. In the game, after 31.Ba5+, better may be 31...Kb7 32.Qb4 f5, but White is still probably winning. In the game, Alekhine tries a rook sacrifice first with 32.Rxb5. If 32...cxb5??, then 33.c6 mate. Other moves, such as 32...Nd6 loses to 33.Rb6 and 32...Re5 loses to 33.Qb3. Alekhine played several games with queen sacrifices throughout his career.
Jun-08-17  RKnight: <wwall> 30...Ne2 is also losing for black, though not as badly as in the game. E.g. 31 Qa5+ Kc8, 32 a4 Rd8+, 33 Kc2 and AA would then demolish the Q side.
Jun-08-17  JimNorCal: Wow, 27. ... Rxe4 is quite a shot! Though even 27. ... Qe7 leaves white with big problems.
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