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Alexander Alekhine vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
Hastings (1925/26), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Jan-01
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0


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Mar-05-03  drukenknight: More French Exchange, w/ Alekhine. Yates manages to get through the opening in fine shape and then proceeds to play the endgame like a duffer. Connecting your opponents pawns when ahead in material is not advised.

In the opening, Alekhine leaves his Q "loose" on h4 so isnt 17...d5 to be recommended?

Sep-06-03  zorro: Well, to say the truth 5...Nf6 looks dubious to me. I think that the Nc6-Nge7 set-up would have been more appropriated: u put pressure on d4 so as to be able to play ...Bf5 before White plays Ng3, e. g. 5...Nc6 6. Nge2 Nge7 7. 0-0 Bf5 and Black is in more good shape than in the game. After the exchange of Queens White is better, in my opinion, still Black's play is too passive. I would have considered the immediate break 19...f6; or else 19...Be6 intending 20...c5 (or ...b6 followed by ...c5 in case White played b4), but playing 19...Re8 without following up with a pawn break is pointless to me. 24...Nc5 is also wrong: u shouldn't want to give away ur best minor piece. What about 24...Ng7 intending ...Bf5? 31...Nxd3 is the final error, after wich game seems over.
Aug-08-09  epiglottis5: I just read GM Timman's modern perspective on this game in a recent "New in Chess" issue. According to him, 24...Nc5 is a fine move providing a good square for the knight, and 27...h5? and 31...Nxd3? are mistakes.
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  plang: Timman is sceptical of 21 b4 and 24 b5 and says Black is at least equal after 24..Nc5. Black could have maintained a small edge with 27..g5 aiming to open the g-file. With 31..f6 the position would have been equal; instead after exchanging his strong knight Black's position goes downhill.
May-29-15  Howard: What "recent" issue of NIC was this game in ?
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  plang: 2009 #4
Mar-04-17  Saniyat24: What a strong pawn chain Alekhine had after his move 36.hg5...!
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