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Alexander Alekhine vs Ramon Rey Ardid
Zaragosa (1944), Zaragosa ESP, rd 2, Apr-09
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Delayed castling line (C86)  ·  1-0


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Jan-28-04  mjk: 9.d4? -- Alekhine
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  WannaBe: Sorry it took a year and six month to answer mjk, from the book by Alekhine, 107 Great Chess Battles 1939-1945. Alekhine himself wrote this in reference to 9.d4:

This move, so simple, has not yet been tried out in master praxis, but it merits at least a mention in the theoretical manuals. I have played it once and, in spite of the success obtained, I shall not do so again because subsequent analysis persuaded me that black can easily obtain equality at least. In this game Dr. Rey Ardid falls into an inferior position solely because he allows himself to be influenced by preconceived ideas.

Dec-22-05  alicefujimori: In tribute to the "opening of the day".
Mar-22-06  Whitehat1963: So what's the finish?
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  Pawn and Two: This is game 2 of their 4 game match, played in Zaragoza, April 8-12, 1944. Game 2 was played on April 9th. The final score for this match was Alekhine +1, Rey Ardid 0, =3.

The following post-mortem notes are by Alekhine and Rey Ardid, as given in the book, "A. Alekhine Agony of a Chess Genius":

<Black's resignation is justified, for he has a lost game. However, White had yet to show his advantage after 23...Nf6 (the only move to prevent White from winning the queen by b2-b3).

The continuation would have been 24.Bg5 Nd5! 25.Bxd8 Kxh6 (or after 25...Rxd8, the prosaic win 26.Nxe5 Qf4 27.Nxc6 Rd6 28.Ng4 Bxf5 29. Qd2, etc.) 26.Rxd5! cxd5 27.Bf6! (threatening Qd2+, etc) gxf5;

(if 27...Bxf5 28.Qd2+ Qf4 29.Bg5+, etc.
And if 27... e4 28.Qd2+ e3 29. fxe3 Qe4 30.Ng5! Qxe3+ 31.Qxe3 Rxe3 32.Nf7+ Kh5 33.g4 mate)

28. Qd2+ f4 29. Nxe5 and wins.>


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  Gypsy: <... The continuation would have been 24.Bg5 Nd5! 25.Bxd8 Kxh6... > Why, ...23...Nf6 24.Bg5 Nd5 and 25.Nd2... looks simple enough. The queen is lost and all Black gets back is two pieces.
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  Pawn and Two: <Gypsy> After 23...Nf6 24.Bg5 Nd5 25.Nd2, how do propose to continue if Black plays 25...Qe2?

After 25...Qe2, I do not see a win for White. The Black Queen is one unruly hostage and does not appear to be lost at all.

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  Gypsy: <Pawn and Two> You are right (26.Re1 Qh5). In fact, it is a realy cool riddle.
Dec-20-13  Sho: Adroit play.
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