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Alexander Alekhine vs Geza Maroczy
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 14, Apr-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation. Normal Line (D55)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  acirce: 31. Qxb7?? is a blunder that allows for an instructive saving typical for queen endgames.
Jun-08-04  zb2cr: I believe this is the game where Alekhine couldn't resist saying to Maroczy: "I believe this is won for me", during the game. I think it was when he made his 30th move. Maroczy then said, "You are correct that your position was superior when you were one pawn up. You will still stand better when you are two pawns up. But when you are three pawns up, the game will be a draw." And it happened exactly as predicted.
May-22-07  micartouse: Fine prefers sacrificing some pawns for an advanced outside passed pawn: 28. Qc8+ Kg7 29. Qxb7 Qh1+ 29. Ke2 Qxg2 30. a4 Qxh3 31. a5 Qg4+ 32. Kd2 Qf3 33. a6 and then the king runs up the board and tries to evade checks.
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  Peligroso Patzer: In the tournament book (“New York 1924”, by Alekhine, Alexander, Russell Enterprises, Inc. ©2008, at page 205), Alekhine comments as follows re: 28. f3: “This move and subsequent omissions are the result of a punishable carelessness. In the knowledge that the game was quite easily to be won, White in his haste before adjournment thought to make a few inconsequential moves in order to be able to watch the sensational game between Capablanca and Dr. Lasker [Capablanca vs Lasker, 1924 ] which just then had arrived at its critical stage. After the self-evident 28. Qc8+ Kg7 29. Qxb7 Qh1+ 30. Ke2 Qxg2 31, a4, Black, of course, would have to resign very soon.”
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  Peligroso Patzer: <micartouse: Fine prefers sacrificing some pawns for an advanced outside passed pawn: 28. Qc8+ Kg7 29. Qxb7 Qh1+ 29. Ke2 Qxg2 30. a4 Qxh3 31. a5 Qg4+ 32. Kd2 Qf3 33. a6 and then the king runs up the board and tries to evade checks.>

In this line, 31. Qb4 (defending the 4th rank, in particular preventing 31. ... Qg4+, and getting in contact with c3 and d4) seems to be a significant improvement for White.

Apr-26-09  WhiteRook48: 31 Qxb7 allows a perpetual!!
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