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Alexander Alekhine vs Oscar Chajes
"Filed Down" (game of the day Jul-14-2010)
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 14, May-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Attack (D64)  ·  1-0
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Jun-20-05  Heavy Metal Thunder: Wonderful knockout. Gotta love the rook run h8-h1-a1.
Oct-05-05  notyetagm: White's 62 ♘d6 takes control of the b5- and b7-squares. Black's reply, 62 ... ♖eb8, takes away the b8-square from the Black king. <The end result is that the Black king on a6 is now trapped in a corridor on the a-file>, the squares b2-b7 being covered by White pieces and the b8-square being self-blocked.

Alekhine knows that a rook check on the a-file would then be mate so he plays 63 ♖h1!, threatening 64 ♖a1 and 65 ♖xa4#. Black is oblivious to this threat and plays 63 ... ♘d7, escaping from what used to be a terrible pin on the backrank. Alekhine then executes his threat with 64 ♖a1 and the game is over, since Black can avoid mate only by shedding material (e.g., with 64 ... ♘b6).

Oct-19-05  Helios727: Any time you have a knight on e6 or d6 that is called a Steinitz Knight.
Oct-19-05  Helios727: Assuming the knight is hard to dislodge.
Oct-22-05  Brown: <Helios727> Really? Thought that was called a knight on the sixth rank
Oct-24-05  Helios727: No, if the knight was on a6, b6, c6, f6, g6, or h6, it would not have the same bite. Of course black can have a Steinitz knight on d3 or e3.
Oct-26-05  Brown: <Helios727> Never heard the phrase. Is it somehow commonly used without me stumbling across it over 8 years of reading and playing? Who of any significance coined or uses this moniker?
Nov-06-05  Helios727: Leonard Barden uses the term. He's a British chess-book writer.
Jul-06-06  farrooj: this is an interesting game, could black have escaped the squeeze earlier in the game, or was it perfect play by white? (because black wasn't so bad either)
Sep-21-08
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  GrahamClayton: According to Alekhine, his winning plan had the following three steps:

1. White brings his King to the centre, so that after the exchange of all major pieces on the h-file, the King can penetrate the Black position via a5 To counter this plan, Black's King will also have to head towards the centre and/or queenside. 2. By threats against Black's King and pawns, White forces the Black pieces to leave the Kingside. 3. At the proper moment Whites doubles rooks on the h-file, forces the exchange of Queens and Bishops, and penetrates with his Rooks into Black's kingside.

Source: Ednar Mednis, "King Power in Chess", McKay Publishing, 1982

Jul-14-10
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  Phony Benoni: Long-Distance Runaround.
Jul-14-10  scormus: Great long term strategy superbly excuted by Alekhine, to grind B's position into dust with the h-file ..... Hey, I got the pun!

<Helios727> Steinitz Knight, Leonard Barden? I never knew that, always thought the term was from Jim Steinman .... at least when its a White Knight

Jul-14-10  screwdriver: Alekhine had his opponent in a positional bind for much of the middle game. He is finally rewarded with a killer mating attack.
Jul-14-10
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  kevin86: Fancy! White quickly moved the attack from the 8th row to the a-file in two moves!
Jul-14-10
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  kevin86: btw,the pun:"filed down"-is R A N K.
Jul-14-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: Although the specific tactic is different, Alekhine's manoeuvre with his Rook at moves 63 and 64 reminds me of this game (which is best-known for the thematic Knight sacrifice at Black's 38th move):

Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977.

Jul-14-10  lzromeu: This dance on chessboard did remember Sugar Rey Leonard
Nov-08-11  ForeverYoung: Kotov uses this game as an example in planning. Putting this on a board to watch it is amazing!
Dec-09-13  jonie: A great game for which maneuvering is the theme!
Jun-07-14
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  SpaceRunner: Played the game thanks to Kotovs Play like a Grandmaster 1978 (he used this example earlier than Ednar Mednis!)

I Thought it obvious that Alekhine missed a combination because of the black piece placement!

40. Bxd5 Rbc7 41 Bf3 Bd7 42 Kc2 etc.

Black cannot recapture with the c pawn because White get 2 connected passed pawns and great attack. The e pawn is pinned to the knight!

May-07-17  Saniyat24: From move 48 onward Alekhine takes his chess on to a higher level...stealthy and lethal...!!
Jun-24-18  Telemus: There are different move orders beginning with Black's 56th move.

The one given above (56.. ♔a8 57. ♖g8 b4 58. ♖hh8 ♖ee8 59. axb4 ♔a7 60. ♔c3 ♔a6 61. ♘f7 ♖a8 62. ♘d6 ♖eb8 63. ♖h1 ♘d7 64. ♖a1) is also in "Meine beste Partien 1908-1923" by AA.

The tournament book however gives: 56.. ♖a8 57.♖g8 b4 58.♖hh1 ♖ee8 59.axb4 ♔a7 60.♔c3 ♔a6 61.♘f7 ♖ec8 62.♘d6 ♖d8 63.♖h1 ♖d7 64.♖a1.

Jun-24-18
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  MissScarlett: Yes, the pun is duff. <Reversing the Chajes> would be apposite.
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