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Alexander Alekhine vs Vasic
Banja Luka (1931)  ·  French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  1-0
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Aug-30-10  patzer2: It's Monday and 10. Qxe6+! solves the puzzle with mate-in-two, and 10...fxe6 11. Bg6# gives us a variation of Boden's mate.

Black's blunder was 9...b6?? Instead, 9...c5 = keeps him in the game.

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  Once: <kramputz> Thanks - that's a very interesting suggestion. I've written for the British magazine Chess in the past. So I've just fired off an email to Chess Life to see if they would be interested in some of my stuff too. I'll let you know if anything comes of it.
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  Patriot: <Once>, I hope it works out regarding Chess Life. You're a good writer. Let me know when that happens so I can read your story.
Aug-30-10  BOSTER: Who could expect that such quiet move like 5...h6 was the reason of fast defeat . Maybe only Tarrasch,who said " every pawn move loosens the position". What is really very interesting Alekhine's reaction to move 5...h6. He immediately moved his bishop on open diagonal a3-f8, where it's mobility is great. I don't know why,but I have the feeling that after move 7.Qe2 Vasic was hypnotized. Much better for black was to play 8.Ndf6 to give more protection e6 pawn (opening bishop c8) and with possibility to close diagonal a3-f8 with Nge7. Usually I don't take part in M. puzzle, but today miniature with criss-cross mate was so attractive that it was difficult to step aside.
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  chrisowen: A black 9..b6 forebodingly lemon nice trap? Stirs mate black psyched call swizzled it "in the jungle a lion sleeps tonight". Digging furrow ball lies in white's camp. Ba3 rakes king side the ground is set. A winawer a winawer a winahwhyeh goes down. Banja Luka snapped game Alekhine looking bled, but master three pronged attack Qxe6 Bg6#. Inter alia Popert - Horwits end Bb8 Rh5! rhumba red hot Bxa6#.
Aug-30-10  patzer2: <Who could expect that such quiet move like 5...h6 was the reason of fast defeat .> Not me since 9...c5= holds nicely.
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  beenthere240: After 9...c5 black still looks underdeveloped. He's not going to castle king side soon and now his queen side has holes.
Aug-30-10  MiCrooks: What I don't understand is why Alekhine didn't play 8. Qxe4? I have to assume he was aware of the possibility here of the Q sac on e6 the whole time. Qxe4 is just baiting Black to play Ngf6 when the Q sac comes through a few moves sooner.

Sure Black could play Ndf6 and play on, but he could do that after Bxe4.

It's a really pretty combo but the little dance with Bxe4 Nf6 Bd3 makes it just a little less so.

Aug-30-10  patzer2: <beenthere240> After 9...c5 10. dxc5 Qc7! = Black is fine, and can castle King side. Also, 9...c5 10. dxc5 leaves a lot of isolated pawns as targets for Black, somewhat offsetting White's advantage in space and development.
Aug-30-10  wals: Gotta love those Queen sacs.

Black: blunder,

Three of the best lines available were:-

Analysis by Rybka 4 x64: depth 26:

1. = (0.00): 9...c5 10.dxc5 Qa5 11.Bb4 Qc7[] 12.Nf3 Nxc5 13.Rd1 b6 14.0-0 0-0 15.Qe5 Qc6 16.Bxc5 bxc5 17.Rfe1 Bb7 18.Qg3 Nh5 19.Qe5 Nf6 20.Qg3 Nh5 21.Qe5 Nf6 22.Qg3 Nh5 23.Qe5 Nf6 24.Qg3 Nh5

2. (0.70): 9...Nb6 10.Qe5 Nbd5 11.c4 Ne7 12.Nf3 0-0 13.0-0 b6 14.h3 Re8 15.Rfe1 Nf5 16.Qf4 a5 17.Bxf5 exf5 18.Rxe8+ Nxe8 19.Re1 g5 20.Qe3 Nd6 21.Bxd6 cxd6 22.d5

3. (1.00): 9...Nb8 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.0-0 Ne7 12.Ne5 0-0 13.c4 c6 14.c3 b6 15.Bc2 Bb7 16.Qd3 c5 17.dxc5 Qxd3 18.Nxd3 Rfe8 19.f3 h5 20.Rad1

Aug-30-10  pferd: <MiCrooks: What I don't understand is why Alekhine didn't play 8. Qxe4? I have to assume he was aware of the possibility here of the Q sac on e6 the whole time. Qxe4 is just baiting Black to play Ngf6 when the Q sac comes through a few moves sooner.

Sure Black could play Ndf6 and play on, but he could do that after Bxe4.

It's a really pretty combo but the little dance with Bxe4 Nf6 Bd3 makes it just a little less so.>

Because after 8.Qxe4 Ndf6 White must lose a tempo retreating his Queen but after 8.Bxe4 Ndf6 White can play 9.Bxb7 Bxb7 10.Qb5+ winning a pawn (or if that is not sound, simply a developing move like 9.Nf3), The point is Bxe4 is a good move, even if the opponent doesn't fall for the trap, but Qxe4 isn't.

Aug-30-10  BOSTER: Who could expect that such move 5...h6 was the reason of a fast defeat? <patzer2> <not me since 9...c5=>. You didn't surprised me too much. While <CG> try to convince me that deciding these puzzles improves chess skill , your statement is a good proof that you have no change as a chess player. The same you told in 2003y. You know , everything in life is a matter of taste. If 5...h6 is good for you it means only how nice you understand chess.
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  M.Hassan: 10.Qxe6
Marvellous Queen Sac.
Aug-30-10  turbo231: got it but it took me longer than 2 or 5 seconds.
Aug-30-10  stygian: I think the interesting thing in this puzzle isn't so much the tactic that Alekhine uses so much as the fact that Vasic doesn't seem to understand the very opening that Black opts for here. The pin on the c3 N is meant to put pressure on e4, which is never even exploited. Black immediately relieves the tension by capturing on c3 and then waits to capture on e4 when it is actually better for White. I suspect Vasic of being scared of playing the great Alekhine and so was on the defensive mentally from the start. Though the French defense is not in my repertoire, my understanding is that Black is supposed to be fighting to hold the light squares. None of Black's tempo wasting pawn moves have anything to do with the struggle that should be going on in the center: 5 ... h6? and 9 ... b6?? I suppose I'm just repeating the obvious and the fact that there are no other games from this Vasic in the archive is no surprise.
Aug-31-10  TheaN: Monday 30 August 2010


Target: 0:40;000
Taken: 0:05;757

Material: =

Candidates: <[Qxe6]>

A beautiful finish right through the middle for Alekhine here, against a very passive Black:

<10.Qxe6 fxe6 (10....Qe7 11.Qxe7 1-0) 11.Bg6 1-0> which is a very nice ending position. Time to check.

Sep-01-10  blackknight2278: Whenever one violates a principle or rule, the punishment can come swiftly!
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  sfm: 9.Bd3 looks so harmless. "Ah, I don't think I'll swap my bishop for your night, I accept to lose a tempo to save it...". 9.-,c5 was the only playable move, I assume.
Mar-08-12  Derived: That's the most badass miniature I've ever seen.
Mar-08-12  Penguincw: The final move is similar to Greco vs NN, 1619. Taking advantage of the short h5-e8 diagonal.
Mar-26-12  andrej1tomas: no coment whata combination
Dec-12-12  CanteurX: Wow! Yet another faked game
of Aljekin.
Jun-05-13  Bobby4life: Queen Sac in move 10.. Not a lot of big players can do this..
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  MarkFinan: Wow! One inaccurate move and... It's all over! Looks so simple but it's just not! Fast becoming one of my favourite ever players is Alekhine. And to do it when you're drunk is mind blowing because I tend to try moving my horse shaped piece from one square to another of the same colour! 😆
Oct-20-14  WhiteAnemone: Nice game! Loved the queen sac.
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