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Efim Bogoljubov vs Alexander Alekhine
3rd General Government (1942), Warsaw POL, rd 2, Oct-12
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Breyer Variation (C13)  ·  1-0


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Annotations by Alexander Alekhine.      [77 more games annotated by Alekhine]

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  PinkZebra: Alekhine should have played 25)...Qb2. This prepares the continuation of a plan to bring the bishop to b5, move the king to e7 and bring the rook to e8 with check. White must worry about losing the c pawn , the knight maybe and getting mated! This was not one of Alekhine's best games but might have been. Efim punishes him for his oversight.
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  drukenknight: Instead of reading ALek's annotations it might more fun to look at white's 31st move. What does everyone think here?

BTW at an earlier pt in game:
9 000 should win. So would 10 000. We could leave that as an exercise for younger players.

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  drukenknight: This game is very poorly played. It is not hard to spot the correct move for black's 25th.
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  drukenknight: PinkZ have you thought about 25....Rd8?
Oct-06-05  posoo: I have found Alekhine's annotations to be the among the most useful and instructive. Not only that...they are delivered in an interesting and humble prose. Curious, given the fact that he was supposed to be such a disagreeable fellow!
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  redribbon3700: Alekhine is a coward
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  weisyschwarz: Bogoljubov played well here, with 29. Nxc3 and 34.Qxa5 to seal the Q from further action.
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  thebribri8: I can't tell if Alekhine is analyzing the game or just chastising himself.
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  whiteshark: <AA: sharper would have been 10...Ndxe5 11 Nxe5 Nxe5 12 Qg3 f6.>

I think that <12...Nc6 13.Bb5 Bd7> is the best continuation and about equal.

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  ChessHigherCat: Again, Alekhine didn't mention this so it's probably dubious ("definitely dubious" being an oxymoron), but what about 28. Nb5? If BxN then Qf7+ looks fatal, and if Qxa2 then 29. Nd6 forking the rook and protecting bishop, Rd8 30. Rxc3, threatening c7+. The Q check on b1 doesn't look like a big threat since the knight can just fall back to c1. What do our silicon replacements, whoops, I mean "helpers" say?
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  Boomie: <ChessHigherCat: but what about 28. Nb5?>

28. Nb5 does win but it is not best. Also it isn't as interesting as the main line.

28. Rxg7 Rxg7 29. Qf6+ Kd7 (29...Kf8 30. Nxe6+) 30. Nxe6

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Mate in 18, sez Stockfish. Rxg7 is a nice example of removing the guard, as <notyetagm> would say.

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