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Alexander Alekhine vs Ratnovsky / Rosenberg
Paris (1928), Paris FRA, Jun-25
Spanish Game: Exchange. Keres Variation (C68)  ·  1-0


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Sep-15-08  gambitfan: A very interesting enfgame ♕ + ♙ // ♕

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55 Qc5+ ...

Black played 55... ♕c4? and gives the win to White

Black were probably convinced that White would feel forced to make the exchange of Queens :

57 Qxc4?? Kxc4 1/2-1/2

In reality White played

57 Kb6!!

And now : 57... ♕xc5? 58 ♔xc5 1-0 because the Black King is now unable to take the White Pawn !

No other move can prevent the White Pawn from queening!!

Instead of giving the victory to White by the weak move 56... ♕c4?? Black probably could have avoided the loss and draw...

What do you think ?

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  Calli: Yes 56...Kb2 draws because White can't advance the pawn 57.a4 Qf4+ or 57.Qd5 Qf4+ and Qa4
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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous blindfold consultation exhibition in Paris, France at the Cercle Russell Potemkin on June 25, 1928.

Alekhine scored +8=0-0.

See <L'Echiquier 1928>, pg. 992.

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  TheFocus: Oops, some games were solo, not consultation.
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