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Alexander Alekhine vs Friedrich Saemisch
Vienna (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 3, Nov-15
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B37)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-28-06  whatthefat: I don't know what Samisch was thinking here...
Apr-20-07  DMBFan23: why not 10...a4?
Sep-14-07  amntony: Dear DMBFan23,

Here's why? After 10...a4, it could be like this:

11.cxd6 axb3 12.dxe7 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 Kxe7
14.Bg5 h6 15.Nd5 Ke8 16.Nc7+ Kf8
17.Nxa8

12...Nxe7 13.Bb5+ Kf8 14.Be3 bxa2
15.Bc5 Qxd1 16.Rfxd1 Rb8 17.f3 b6
18.Ba3 h6 19.e5 Nh5 20.g4 Nf4
21.Bd6 Ra8 22.Bc6 Ra7 23.Bb8 Ra6
24.Rd8#

12...Qxe7 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 Ne5
15.f4 Ned7 16.Bf3 Kf8 17.Re1 Qd8
18.d6 Rb8 19.Re7 Qb6 20.Be3 Qb5
21.g4 h6 22.g5 hxg5 23.fxg5 Nh7
24.Bd5 Re8 25.Rxf7+ Kg8 26.Rf1#

15...Bd5 16.exd5 Nce5 17.d6 Ke8
18.Bb5+ Kd8 19.axb3 Rxa1 20.Rxa1 Rh7
21.Ra8#

Love,
Anthony

Sep-14-07  amntony: Alekhine's 6.Nb3 is to refuse the counter-Maroczy's move by Black, specifically, it's Ng4 on the Black's 7th move :-)
Sep-14-07  Aspirador: No offense, <amntony> but this line is not correct. After 10...a4 11.cxd6 axb3 12.dxe7 Qxd1, Black is simply a piece up. 10...a4 was playable and certainly better than the game, White probably responds 11.Nd4.
Oct-21-10  arecely63: perhaps data entry error here explains if 9...h5 was the actual move
Feb-11-11  goofalumps: Alekhine's Best Games has the move as 9...h5, but it doesn't seem to make any difference
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