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Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov
Match (1943), Warsaw POL, rd 2, Mar-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  1-0


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  who: In the notes to the move 18 Alekhine doesn't consider 19...b5 and 23...a6
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  beatgiant: <who>
<Alekhine doesn't consider 19...b5> On 18...Nxc4 19. bxc6 b5, White can reply with the simple 20. Ne5 Nxe5 21. dxe5, and White's queenside attack will probably win a pawn.

After this, a sample continuation is 21...Rxd1 22. Rxd1 f6 23. exf6 gxf6 24. Rb1 a6 25. a4 bxa4 26. Rb4, etc. winning both a-pawns, although I'm not sure if it's enough to win the game, since White's c-pawn is exposed.

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  beatgiant: <who>
<and 23...a6>
This case is more straightforward.

After 18...Nxc4 19. bxc6 Nxa3 20. cxb7+ Kxb7 21. Ne5+ Kc8 22. Nc6 Bxc6 23. Bxc6 a6, then White has 24. Ra1 Rd6 25. Rdc1 Nb5 25. Rxa6 Rxc6 26. R1xc6 Nxd4 27. Rc4, and Black gets only one pawn for the exchange (for 27...Nxe2+? 28. Kf1 traps the knight). That ending looks like a probable win for White.

May-27-05  Chess Addict: Good game by Alekhine
Sep-04-09  WhiteRook48: Alekhine decided to copy Capa
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  xombie: One of Alekhine's very best. Quite a game!
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  Calli: 13...e5 might free Black's game If 14.dxe5 Ng4
Sep-02-10  AVRO38: This is a Catalan not a Queen's Gambit Declined.
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  beatgiant: <Calli>
After 13...e5 14. dxe5 Ng4, White can try 15. Ne4 (preventing 15...Ngxe5? 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. Nd6+ and 18. Nxb7). Black might prepare with 15...b6 but then 16. e6 fxe6, and Black's left with an isolated e-pawn. Still, that might be better than the actual game.
Sep-16-10  morphy2010: didnt they play for the world champioship?
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  Sastre: Yes, they did.
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  TheFocus: Match Game 2 played in Warsaw, Poland on March 28, 1943.

Each player won one game to draw the match.

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  cocker: Can anyone imagine playing chess in Warsaw in 1943?
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  perfidious: <morphy2010: didnt they play for the world champioship?>

Twice; Alekhine won both by a good margin.

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