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Alexander Alekhine vs Alexander Ivanovich Romashkevich
Earl tourn (1906), Russia RUE
King Pawn Game: Alapin Opening (C20)  ·  1-0


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Apr-06-06  popski: Why resign here? 18...0-0-0 & black isn't that bad.
Apr-06-06  ganstaman: 18...0-0-0? 19. Qxc6!

And the knight on a1 will be lost eventually too. In the end, I don't see enough compensation for the queen, though I probably would play on for a while and see if I could develop some sort of advantage somewhere (unless there are more winning/forcing tactics for white in the near future that I didn't see). Also, when playing Alekhine, I doubt that not resigning would do much more than waste time.

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  Calli: <popski> You are right. Black is probably ahead at that point. Here is what happened: This game was part of a correspondence (postal) chess tournament. Romashkevich withdrew from the event and his unfinished games scored as wins for his opponent.

Source: Skinner & Verhoeven

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  Phony Benoni: There's some wild play before the unfortunate ending, with 11.Nfh6+ to trap Black's queen and Black's rejoinder 12...Nfxd4. White should probably have been materialistic and played 13.cxd4; maybe he missed 13...Qxe4+ while still congratulating himself on his own cleverness.
Sep-26-06  syracrophy: I think that here's nothing better than 18...bxa6 19.Qxc6+ Kf7 and Black's not bad at all, his bishops defend his position very well.

And also a threat was maybe 19.Qxf6, so that's why I think that 18...bxa6 is the best option

Black's not bad at the end. Good drawing chances. Of course the knight of a1 is lost, but Black may search for a way to win more "at the cost of his skin", maybe with a future ...Nb3+ and after the pawn captures the knight, ...Bxb3 wins another pawn for the knight.

Black's not bad at all

Sep-27-06  Starf1re: why didn't black play 13 q g4?
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  Phony Benoni: <Starf1re? If 13...Qg4, then 14.Nxf6+ forks the king and queen, as it does after 13...Qh5 as well.
Jun-08-07  JMJ565X: okay here's the scoop.. alekhine's a beast and he got wasted!!
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  technical draw: <JMJ565X> Er, um, Alekhine WON this game.
Jun-25-07  JMJ565X: lol, sorry for the mistake
Jun-25-07  tarlan13: Who could play such a strong move Ba6 except Alekhine? Nobody.
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<syracrophy: < Black's not bad at all>> I'll agree. I would prefer the black side.


<tarlan13: <Who could play such a strong move Ba6 except Alekhine? Nobody.>> I am not sure that 18. Ba6 was the strongest move here.

Feb-02-08  wouldpusher: 18. ♗a6 isn't really a strong move. After 18. ... 0-0-0 19. ♕xc6 bxa6 Black will have ways to get the ♘ out, or 20. b3 ♘xb3+ 21. axb3 ♗xb3 with a few pawns up and the ♖-pair + ♗-pair.
Dec-10-08  atahualpa yupanqui: using ChessmasterGrandmaster Editon I set up the final position and then I let the 2 chessmaster cpu play against each other .....and black win.....perhaps chessmaster cpu is not perfect but that's mean that black here resign too fast
Jan-20-09  YoungEd: Let's hear it for Alekhine winning with Alapin's Opening--though we can hardly credit the opening!
Jun-26-09  smalldreams: I've seen lots of suggestions for black, but does anyone have a *better* idea for white than 18.Ba6 (since several don't seem to like it)?
Jul-23-09  Keith Dow: White is busted. The silicon monster looked at this for an hour and decided that black is two pawns ahead.

Black's best is:

18 ... O-O-O

Also good is:

18 ... Ne7

Jan-07-11  jmboutiere: After 5.Qf3 white is 1 point ahead
Jan-07-11  jmboutiere: 13.cd4 + 1.65 Rybka 3;
13.Qd3 - 0.53;
15.Qd5 is slightly better for black, 15.Qg2 - 1.72
Jan-07-11  jmboutiere: In the final position black seems to be 1 point better than white, but white has o strong initiative, which probably compensate the point
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  whiteshark: <10.f6!!> would have won (a piece) immediately.
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  zanzibar: Analyzing why <whiteshark>'s 10.f6 works is a good education.

Black can choose - take the pawn and allow White to set up an invincible team of "locked" knights, or castle, and allow White to break up, somewhat rudely, his own set of "locked" knights.

But to see this move, otb, would be quite exceptional, imo.

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