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George Alan Thomas vs Alexander Alekhine
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 10, Apr-28
Alekhine Defense: Maroczy Variation (B02)  ·  0-1
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May-06-03  Larsker: According to Nimzowitch's "My System" this game goes on for a couple of more moves.

52. a3xb4, Ra4xa2. 53. b4xa5, Ra2xb2. 54. Resigns.

Nimzo gives 51. -, b5-b4 an exclamation mark. "As natural as this move may seem, every connaisseur realizes appreciatively that this breakthrough has no other purpose than to render the disturbing Bc3 impossible. This modest let's-not-have-it-all-in-one-go is the most beautiful sign of a true champion!" (My translation).

Jul-04-04  dac1990: Alekhine thinks otherwise; in his book he says that move 51 is last.
Jul-05-04  sneaky pete: <dac1990> Only in the English translation of his book. In the original "Auf dem Wege zur Weltmeisterschaft 1923-1927" after 51... b4! AA writes "and black resigned after a couple of further moves". Of course 51... b4 is such a fine move that Thomas should have resigned at this point.
Jun-10-05  WMD: G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925 is a duplicate, with the significant discrepancy being that Alekhine's 12th move was apparently 12...Qc6.
Oct-23-05  lopium: What and end!
Feb-18-07  ChessDude33: A very enjoyable game by Alekhine. It is rather mesmerizing to see Alekhine dance around his opponents pawns.
Aug-20-07  sanyas: A clinic on exploiting weak pawns and a space advantage in general. This is a game that could have been played by Nimzowitsch.
Apr-01-08  Knight13: Alekhine squeezed a3 to death.

But this Alekhine Defense is very different from the rest. Black usually plays ...d5 instead of ...c5.

Jan-23-13
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  plang: After 5..Bg7 the game had transposed into a rare sideline of the Grand Prix Attack of the Sicilian. Still, 5 c4 followed by Nc3 looks more active for White. White's setup doesn't look very promising but does he really have to play 9 exd? After this decision Black looks clearly better. 18 c4 got rid of White's backward pawn but created other weaknesses; 18 f5!? was an alternative. White avoided playing d4 as long as possible but after that he got destroyed on the light squares.
Feb-18-13  Ulhumbrus: 9 exd6 concedes space to Black. An alternative is 9 c3 followed by Qc2 as in the Philidor defence.

14 Nxd4 contracts a backward c pawn. An alternative is 14 Nc4 with perhaps Nf3-e5 and Be2-f3 to follow

Feb-19-13
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  Calli: 52.axb4?? With all of Black's pieces bunched on the Q side, White can look for mischief elsewhere. For instance, 52.Rf1 bxa3 53.Bc3 Rb5 54.Rf6 is not so easy to win.


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