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Grigory Levenfish vs Richard Reti
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 3, Nov-12
Alekhine Defense: Exchange Variation (B03)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Honza Cervenka: Great fight! 50.Nb5 would not have achieved more after 50...Nb6 51.a7 Ke5 52.Nc7 Kd6 53.a8=Q Nxa8 54.Nxa8 Kc6 (the knight is trapped) 55.Kb1 Kb7 56.Kc2 Kxa8 57.b4! (the only move) 57...cxb4 58.Kb3 with theoretical draw.
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  Mateo: Yes, this one was an epic battle! It could be a 'game of the day'. Levenfish played in a simple, direct and efficient way, completely dominating his famous opponent.

The turning point was 25.Nf3? 'underestimating' the simple 25...Qf5 winning a pawn.

I was wondering why Reti did not play 27...Nxe6. But he was right. 27...Nxe6? loses after the nice 28.Nd6!! Qxc2+ 29.Rxc2 Bxd6 30.Nxf7+ Kg8 31.Nxd6.

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