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Alexander Alekhine vs Paul Keres
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 5, Nov-13
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E58)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Nov-07-08  Karpova: According to Yudovich's analysis (from page 86 of Marin, Mihail: "Learn from the Legends - Chess Champions at their Best", 2nd edition, Quality Chess, Gothenburg 2006) White would have won after 41.Rxb4!
Nov-07-08  slomarko: ok lets see 41.Rb4

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i see the following variation:
41...Qd6 42.Qc4 Ke7 43.Rb7 Rd7

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and now i think 44.Qg8! Rb7 45.Qg7 Ke6 46.Qb7

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should probably be winning.

interestingly 42...Kf8 would lead to the same variation after 43.Rb7 Rd7 44.Qc8 Ke7 45.Qg8 because black play 44...Rd8? because of Qg4 which toasts him

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Sep-13-09  WhiteRook48: how about 41 Rxb4 Rxd6?
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  visayanbraindoctor: Alekhine completely outplayed Keres here, and Keres was very lucky to draw, something that a younger more alert version of AAA probably would not have allowed. I have been looking at their games, and it seems to me that Alekhine, even over-the hill in the late 1930s and early 1940s, played as though he were a better version of Keres. They have similar aggressive combinative styles, but Alekhine was just a notch better.

It is because of games like this that makes me agree with Reshevsky: that Alekhine would have won any pre-WW2 match against the rising stars of the 1930s, as long as he came in sober and as fanatically prepped as usual.

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  Benzol: <WhiteRook48> <how about 41 Rxb4 Rxd6?>

I don't like Black's chances after 42.Qg6+ in this line.

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  plang: Played in the fifth round. Fine got off to a spectacular 5.5-0.5 start but eventually Keres caught him and they finished joint first at 8.5-5.5. 9..b6 is rarely played nowadays; Gligoric refers to it as the Nimzowitsch variation. Nimzowitsch first played it against Reti at Berlin 1928. This is the only game in the database where 10..cxd is played; the move seems a bit odd as it helps White to activate his two bishops. Alekhine developed a strong middle game position with two bishops against two knights and then exchanged both bishops in order to get a powerful pawn on d6. If Keres had tried to postpone 32..f6 an example of what could have happened would have been 32..Rc8 33 g3..Rd8 34 Qb4..b5 35 Qd4..Kg8 36 Qd3..b4 37 Re5!..f6 38 Re7 with a decisive attack. Alekhine's sealed move 41 Qg6+? was not the strongest and a draw was quickly agreed to upon resumption.
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