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Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky vs Alexander Alekhine
Paris (1925), Paris FRA, rd 3, Feb-13
Alekhine Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Main Line (B03)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Nov-17-04
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  Gypsy: <... and said (in a thick accent)...> Why not in Russian?
Nov-17-04  suenteus po 147: Whenever we speak in our native language we still speak in a thick accent :)
Nov-17-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Especially if one of us is a serious boozer.
Apr-20-05  RookFile: This was quite a game.
Apr-20-05  chess man: Great game.
Apr-20-05  paladin at large: Is N f3 an improvement on 23. Qc8+ ?
Apr-20-05  aw1988: I think after Nf3 black simply plays Be7.
Apr-20-05  paladin at large: <aw1988>The point is, does 23. Nf3 save material for white? 23. Qc8+, the text move, loses the knight.
Apr-20-05  aw1988: Qc8+ is a brilliant move, Znosko-Borovsky realizes his resources are just dandy.
Apr-20-05  Knezh: On 23 move Znosko consciously forces a draw.
Apr-20-05  Boomie: White had better than 12. ♗g5 but what fun would that be?

12. ♘xd4 ♘c6 13. ♘xf5 exf5 14. ♘b5 ♘xe5 15. ♗e2

Black also can improve on move 12 but that would cheat us of a queen sac.

12... f6 13. exf6 gxf6 14. ♘xd4 fxg5 15. ♘xf5 ♕xd1+ 16. ♘xd1 exf5 17. c5 ♘6d5 18. axb4 ♘xb4 19. ♗b5+ ♔f7 20. ♖f1 ♔g6

13. ♖xd8 seems automatic but better is:

13... cxb2 14. ♗c7 bxc1=♕ 15. ♕xc1 ♘c2+ 16. ♔f2 ♗xa3 17. ♕b1 O-O 18. ♗xb6 ♘b4 19. ♕b3 axb6

The other knight check is better.

16... ♘d3+ 17. ♗xd3 ♖xd3

g6 is a dreary post for the bishop compared to:

18... ♗e4 19. ♘b5 ♖d7 20. ♘d6+ ♗xd6 21. exd6 O-O 22. ♕d4 ♗c6 23. ♗e2 =

White's last chance to win is:

19. ♘b5 ♖d7

If 23. ♘f3 ♗e4 24. O-O ♗e7 25. ♖e1 ♗d5

Apr-20-05  aw1988: "This is better, but what fun would that be?" Lol. You sound just like Bronstein.
Sep-24-05  Averageguy: Why not 34...Kf8 ?
Nov-16-05  aw1988: <Averageguy> Sorry to answer this at such an un-average time, but Kf8 still runs into perpetual with Qd6+...
Apr-14-07  ChessNe1: Is 7.c5 Nd5 8.Nf3 Bg4 9.Bb5 a worthwhile replacement?
Apr-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: That queen sac is crazy!
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: Two bishops vs queen. what I wonder is why white did check... oh. black is one piece ahead. Didn't notice that.
Mar-25-09  WhiteRook48: that was quite a game
Oct-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  OBIT: Alekhine actually had a better line after the queen sac: 13...cxb2 14. Bg5 bxc1(Q) 15. Bxc1 Rd8 "and White's position is tottering" (Tartakover). Anyway, Black gets rook + minor piece + pawn in exchange for the queen, both in this line and eventually in the game continuation, so it's not really a sacrifice, right? :)

Also from Tartakover's notes, "White would be justified in trying for a win" by 31. a4. Then 31...Bxa4 or 31...Bd7 is met by 32. Qxa6, while 31...Rf8 can be met by 32. g4, "mastering Black's counter-action."

Dec-26-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Great game. 9..Nb4?! would have led to a White advantage after 11 Be2. As has been pointed out 13..cxb! leads to a position with a close to decisive advantage for Black. Znosko-Borovsky's defense with 18 Nd4! and 19 c5! was inspired and after Alekhine missed 21..Be7 the game ended in a perpetual.
Aug-16-12  Cemoblanca: Anything to draw! ;0) Great game by Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky.. puhhhhhh.. what a name!! Just the very sight makes my head dizzy & tired! :D
Jul-24-13  Expendable Asset: <Hanada: No kibitzing on the most amazing draw of all time? First saw this game in Znosko-Borovsky's book when I was younger and I just remember thinking....look at the balls on Alekhine. What a genius! > And if Alekhine's combination fails? You still gonna say "look at the balls on Alekhine; what a genius"? I can sacrifice a queen in a rated tournament or match, too. So can everybody else. I don't hear anybody who loses after the sacrifice get any compliments on their "balls..." even when they had more "balls" than Alekhine. Of course.
Jul-25-13  aliejin: Rarely have I read one stupid like this ....

True, any mediocre player can sacrifice one day
a quenn , as alekhine or thal, play a great finish as capablanca or a positional game Rubinstein .... But we can not,
relativize the greats players and less comparing with them ..

The combination of alekhine is a wonderful conception that is beyond whether "fails or not fails" ... It's a colossal demonstration of imagination (With merit the adversary too, of course)

Personally I admire a lot more this type of games, where it is impossible to spot the correct boundaries, to a game with a combination "Exact" ......

IF Alekhine was no a "genius" was very close, for instance he was playing almost 4 months against capablanca and won...

One can say a lot of "explanation" how alekhine won, but he did it

Mar-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: One of my favorite draws. I'll bet that from moves 12-28 both players kept thinking, "Now I've got him! Oops. Uh, now I've got him! Oops. Uh, now I've got him!. Oops. Uh, now I've got him! Oops. Uh, now I've got him! Oops. Uh, now I've got him! Oops..."
Mar-18-15  Retireborn: It's one of my favourite draws too. I once worked out that Alekhine actually had good results with Alekhine's defence (lost just once to Nimzowitsch, not because of the opening) despite not evincing much real faith in it.

For another exciting Znosko draw, see here:-

Znosko-Borovsky vs A Vajda, 1926

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