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Alexander Alekhine vs Mir Sultan Khan
"Indian Defense" (game of the day Apr-04-16)
Prague ol (1931)  ·  Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Traditional (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-13-02
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  Sneaky: Was there some reason why Alekhine was forced to repeat position at the end of this game? I think he just wanted the draw.
Sep-13-02
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  Sneaky: To answer my own question: I suppose that the black rook & knight were threatening to invade the white camp after the bishop trade. Why put up with that? Just call it a day...
Dec-31-08
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  Phony Benoni: <Sneaky> Another consideration is the crowded playing schedule at this Olympiad. S Rosselli del Turco vs Alekhine, 1931 was played later the same day, so Alekhine may have been pacing himself against the more difficult opponent.
Apr-04-16  cunctatorg: To answer Sneaky's old question: only answers by means of high-class machines, equipped with the proper software, form a reliable basis for thinking about this GOTD; after all it's a game between AAA and MSK!!

To be honest, I can figure out less of one percent that both AAA and MSK had seen back then...; I can't even realize why this game is GOTD...

Apr-04-16  not not: why not take pawn on h5? hitting f7 point? strange
Apr-04-16  beatgiant: <not not> <take pawn on h5> 33. Bxh5 Rxh5 drops a piece.
Apr-04-16  Imran Iskandar: The real question to ask is: why on earth is this GOTD?
Apr-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: "why on earth is this GOTD?"

A historical reason. (I'm guessing)

First time an Indian player had drawn with a current World Champion?

Apr-04-16
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  keypusher: <Imran Iskandar>

For whatever it's worth, Tartakower and Du Mont included this game as an example of strong defense in <500 Master Games of Chess>.

Apr-04-16  Howard: This is one case, frankly, where one wonders "why on earth" this is a GOTD. Could someone please shed some light on this ?
Apr-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <Howard> My thought is that <chessgames.com> wanted to use the game title "Indian Defense" and they couldn't figure out what other game to use it on.

And, since neither the title nor the game, are exceptional, I suppose that they deserve each other. Too bad it's not February 14th.

Apr-04-16  Marmot PFL: White has no advantage in this position. If he trades bishops the black knight on e4 or c4 is better than his other bishop.
Apr-04-16
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  kevin86: A clever pun; too bad the game isn't that good.
Apr-04-16  RandomVisitor: After 12...Kxd7 white can try building incremental pressure:


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Komodo-9.42-64bit:

<+0.40/43 13.Rd1> Ke7 14.Nd2 b5 15.Nb3 Bb6 16.Bd2 Rab8 17.e4 Nf6 18.Bb4+ Ke8 19.Bd6 Rc8 20.Rac1 Rxc1 21.Rxc1 Nxe4 22.Bxe4 Bxe4 23.Bc7 Bxc7 24.Rxc7 Rf8 25.Nc5 Bd5 26.Nxa6 Bxa2 27.Nb4 Kd8 28.Rb7 Bd5 29.Nxd5 exd5 30.Rxb5 Ke7 31.Rxd5 Rb8 32.Rd2 Ke6 33.Kf1 Kf5 34.Ke2 h6 35.Kd3 Kg4 36.Kc4 Rc8+ 37.Kb5 Rb8+ 38.Ka5 Ra8+ 39.Kb6 Rb8+ 40.Kc7 Rb3 41.f4 Kf5 42.Kc6 g6 43.Rd5+ Kg4

Apr-05-16  RandomVisitor: After 6...Nbd7


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Komodo-9.42-64bit:

<+0.25/41 7.0-0> c6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Bf4 0-0 10.Rc1 Rc8 11.e4 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Bxe4 Ba8 15.Qc2 h6 16.Rcd1 Qc7 17.Rd2 Bb7 18.Rfd1 Rfd8 19.b3 c5 20.Kg2 Rxd2 21.Rxd2 Rd8 22.Bxb7 Qxb7+ 23.f3 Qc7 24.Qe4 h5 25.Rxd8+ Bxd8 26.Qd3 Be7 27.h4 g6 28.Qd2 a6 29.Qd3 Kh7 30.Kf2 Kg7 31.Qd2 Kh7


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