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Alexander Alekhine vs Savielly Tartakower
London (1932)  ·  Budapest Defense: Fajarowicz Variation (A51)  ·  1-0
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Mar-18-03  ksadler: A nice game by Alekhine (and probably a good way to play against the .. Ne4 Budapest). A few questions to the more informed: after 8. .. Nxe5, I understand 9. O-O trying to gain tempo since Black likely wants that piece off anyway, but after 9. .. Nxf3, why would Alekhine block up the long diagonal for his bishop rather than play 10. Bxf3? Is it just for the tactical possibilities on the e-file for his rook?
Mar-19-03  corbinamman: I'm no pro, but I think you pinpointed the decisive move in the game. Bxf3 is passive. Taking with the pawn creates the pin, but I think the purpose is not to attack but to convert the tactical opportunity into a positional advantage: it forces black's retreat while at the same time creating a natural plan for white's development. By following through with threat that the open file creates, white develops to favorable squares while black retreats to a more cramped position. So one result is a significant lead in development. Eg. look at the positions after black's 14th and 17th moves. Also, by opening the file at the right time, white's control of the center is immediately established--and with heavy pieces holding down the c, d, and e files, white dominates the center for the entire game. That in turn allows the knight post after move 22, which creates the passed pawn, which forces the skewer, etc...
Mar-19-03  Spitecheck: Yes Bxf3 would almost be a blunder in my books....the pawn on e2 is actually weak and moving it to e4 or e3 will hinder the movement of white's own forces. As an open file white gets use of it, as a semi-open file black can make use of it. The move actually has some small threats which requires exacting play on black's part as well......establishing a handy position for white as corbina says.
Feb-17-04  drukenknight: the earliest budapest w/ 4 Nd2 in it. Dunno if Alek. thought of this himself or it would be known to people who studied the games that originated in 1918-20. It's a good move, as soon Tartkover moves the N from e4 he is already losing the development battle, how can you give up material and development? He needs to pin that N, that is the only chance. it seems to me. Tart. wrote in his book that it would lead to nothing after a3 but...
Aug-02-05
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  Gypsy: A grand promotion combo. If 30...Bd5 then 31.Rd6.
Jan-14-08  zev22407: Interesting is 14)..f5 first and 15)..d6
Oct-02-09  tonyboy: take cover tartakover

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