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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Alexander Alekhine
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 4, May-02
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  0-1


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Jan-10-07  notyetagm: Position after 24 ♘b2:

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With 24 ♘b2, White wants to <BLOCK> the open c-file to his weak, backward c2-pawn by eventually playing 24 ♘b2-c4 but Alekhine does not let him.

If White could just get in this move, then his c2-weakness could not be attacked and hence would not really be a weakness at all. This principle is the old saying <"A weakness is not a weakness unless it can be attacked">.

Alekhine (Black) makes sure that it -can- be attacked and hence really is a weakness by not allowing Tarrasch (White) to play his intended maneuver ♘b2-c4.

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  GrahamClayton: 10.♗e3 allows Alekhine to advance his Q-side pawns, which eventually strangle the White position. 10.a4 forestalling the advance is better.

Alekhine's play from move 14 is an excellent example of not only knowing the right moves, but making them in the right order. The immediate 14...♗a6 would allow Tarrasch to block the Queenside with 15.♗c4 ♗c4 16.♕c4 d5 17.♕c5. The e-pawn cannot be captured, as 17...de4? loses the Knight after 18.♗g5.

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