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Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev vs Alexander Alekhine
Triberg (03) (1921), rd 3, Jul-09
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  0-1


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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-27-05  hayton3: This game is featured in Silman's "Reassess your Chess".

He examines the postion after White's 20th move. The position is clearly better for White with his bishops pointing ominously at the Black kingside. He also has more central space and the opportunity to attack the black pawn on a5 more times than it can be defended.

In light of the above Alekhine decides, quite rightly, to do something active and plays 20...Rb4! with the threat of Rfb8 and the ensuing domination of the b file with possibilities for active counterplay. Consequently his opponent accepts the the exchange sacrifice with 21.Bxb4 and Alekhine recaptures with the c pawn 21...cxb4!.

Thus Alekhine improves his position by:-

1) Making White's c pawn backward and a target.

2) Creating a beautiful outpost for his knight at c5.

3) Establishing a passed pawn which could be a deciding factor later in the game.

4) Joining the c pawn with the a pawn to elimninate the weakness on a5.

All these advantages far outweigh the sacrifice of the exchange and highlight some important ideas in positional sacrifices.

Nov-27-05  aw1988: <hayton3> Thanks for that.
Sep-28-08  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 24 c5, 24 f4 keeps Black's N out of e5 and Black has little to show for the exchange eg 24 f4 Bc3 (to obstruct a R on c1) 25 e3 Ra8 ( to defend the a pawn before capturing the c4 pawn) 26 Qe2
Apr-11-09  ToTheDeath: Rather than immediately take the baited rook, White should have declined and fought for the initiative with 21.h4! (threatening h5 weakening the king's cover) Nf6 (21...h5 22.Ng5 followed by f4-f5 with a serious attack for White) and only now 22.Bxb4 when the knight must spend another 2 tempi to hop into c5.
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  Calli: <ToTheDeath> nice ideas
Feb-17-16  jerseybob: <Ulhumbrus: Instead of 24 c5, 24 f4 keeps Black's N out of e5 and Black has little to show for the exchange eg 24 f4 Bc3 (to obstruct a R on c1) 25 e3 Ra8 ( to defend the a pawn before capturing the c4 pawn) 26 Qe2> 24..Qb6+ might be better, grabbing dark-square control.
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