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Semion Alapin vs Adolf Albin
Berlin (1897), Berlin GER, rd 16, Sep-30
King Pawn Game: Alapin Opening (C20)  ·  1-0

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Apr-08-05  Eatman: The battle of the opening innovators.
Looks like white gets a nice edge after 5.d4!
Apr-08-05  mjk: In the first nine moves, Black moves his ♕ five times and White never does.
Apr-08-05  notyetagm: Gee, Albin looks like a <complete amateur> playing this game. With 9 ... ♕xd1+ he trades his queen, which has moved 5 times, for White's, which has not moved at all, thus losing 5 tempi. As a result of this tempi loss, after 11 ♖xd4 White has obtained an <enormous> lead in development: 4 active, well-placed pieces versus an offside Black knight. No wonder White wins this game.
Jan-18-06  fred lennox: The alapin opening is one which has "never refuted and frequently succesful" Soltis i believe. 2...Qh4 is an attempt to exploit the misplaced kngiht. More usual is 2...Nc6 3.d4...exd 4.Nxd4...Qh4. It is true Qh4 probably fails before Nxd4, let's not be harsh on Albin. He plays well in this wonderful game.
Jan-18-06  aw1988: With Ne2 there are these possibilities with d3 Nbc3 g3 Bg2 O-O and f4... fairly transpositional, and not bad. Of course, there may be other options, but just as an example..
Jul-10-06  Runemaster: 2...Qh4 looks like a Reversed Nakamura (I always thought that was a term from gymnastics): with double twist, degree of difficulty 2.9.
Mar-10-09  YoungEd: This is quite a game! Alapin has a great position by move 10, as eveyrone has noted. The endgame is interesting, too; I wouldn't have been brave enough to sac the exchange and count on my extra pawns in the long run.
Sep-17-12  Abdel Irada: Strange play in the endgame:

(1) 49. ...♔f3 makes no sense to me; Black runs from an innocuous potential check rather than defend his b-pawn. Black will soon have cause to regret the absence of his king from g4.

(2) White then declines the b-pawn, preferring to offer an exchange that he knows will be refused, and thereby driving the rook to a stronger square.

(3) With 51. ...♖a3, Black makes a transparent and easily blunted threat rather than simply and consistently taking a pawn with check. Since after giving check with 52. ...♖d8† he does take it after all, the difference it makes is minimal and probably inconsequential, but it is odd to make so purposeless a move.

Sep-17-12  King Sacrificer: Was 24. Rxf3 really necessary?

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