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Alexander Alekhine vs Victor Berger
London (1932), London ENG, rd 5, Feb-05
Caro-Kann Defense: Main Line (B15)  ·  1-0


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Jan-05-05  MonsieurL: 90 ... Ke6? What should Buerger have done here? I cannot believe he went this far with Alekhine to lose in this fashion..
Jan-05-05  MonsieurL: I played it out to a draw. Time must have run out on him... It is a very educational game for an endgame!
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  Calli: Are you saying the final position is a draw?
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  beatgiant: <Calli>:
White's winning in the final position (verified in Nalimov tablebase). White can play 92. Bf2 followed by 93. h4 and then bring the king over to support the h-pawn.
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  Calli: Well, I thought it was a win. Just trying to figure out what <MonsieurL> is trying to tell us.
Jan-06-05  MonsieurL: <Calli> This is actually a draw if played right... I just put the position into the database, and it came out a draw. THAT is what makes this game so great... the draw is out there! :)
Jan-06-05  AdrianP: Tablebase says mate in 20. Try here - the winning method is quite simple, just need to be careful with stalemate.
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  Calli: I agree with <bg> and Adrian. Its a pretty straightforward win. If black tries to promote the pawn, white's h-pawn wins. If he attacks the h-pawn then it can be protected at h4 and he soon runs out of moves as the White king approaches.

I looked up Alekhine's notes. He says 75...Nd6+ is a draw because it simplifies to a wrong colored bishop ending. 76.Bxd6+ Kxd6 77.Kb6 Be1! 78.c7 Ba5+

Later on, Buerger finally breaks down with 86...Ne8? There was still a draw with 86...Be5 87.Kb7 Nb5 (Alekhine)

Jan-06-05  azaris: Alekhine pounds Buerger flat.
Jan-06-05  euripides: Makes mincemeat of him.
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  Calli: I think AA just ground Buerger down in a drawish endgame :-)

Actually, you might be suprised to know that Victor Buerger's lifetime record against Alekhine was 2 wins and one loss. Not many can say that.

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  tamar: To recap: AAA ground Buerger in the endgame, pressing and grilling him to perfection.
Jan-06-05  maoam: It's unfortunate that a seasoned player like Buerger let the draw slip through his fingers (like so many Fries).
Jan-06-05  maoam: He must have flipped. *Groan*
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  offramp: Is Alekhine vs V Burger, 1928 another Alekhine-Burger game?
May-24-13  Emmykarpov: Please i do not understand why 14. Rd6, is it just to get a pawn advantage or is there a Mating net? And if there are books you guys have on chess, please send it to I want to really improve
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  beatgiant: <Emmykarpov>
14. Rd6 threatens mate in 2 by 15. Rxc6+ bxc6 16. Ba6#.
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  wwall: 86...Ne8? loses. Perhaps best for Black is 86...Kc8 87.Bg6 Nd5+ 88.Kb5 Kc7 89.Bd4 Ne7 90.Bb6+ Kb8, which should draw.
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