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Alexander Alekhine vs Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev
Bad Pistyan (1922), Piestany CSR, rd 2, Apr-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Capablanca System (D67)  ·  1-0



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Apr-11-09  ToTheDeath: 17...Ba6 is tricky but a bit awkward- Instead 17...Bb7 is equal (18.Qd3 g6 19.Qxb5 Ba6).

21...Bc8? This is a serious mistake leading to a dangerous opening of the central lines. 21...Bb7! would be slightly better for Black.

22...a6? Last chance was stepping out of the way with 22...Qb6.

After this Alekhine finished the game with his usual flair. If 26...gxf5 27.Qh5 (threat Qg5+ followed by a rook lift) f6 28. dxe6 with a crushing advantage.

Jul-03-10  DrDave: 21...Bb7 is the move that Black wants to play, of course, but Alekhin explains that it is prevented because of 22.Qd3 a6 23.Nxg6! hxg6 24.Rxe6! fxe6 25.Qxg6+ Kh8 and now 26.Qh6+ (26.Bc2 "and mates in a few moves" according to Alekhin but I don't see it: 26...Rf5! 27.Rd3 Qxf4! ...?) 26...Kg8 27.Bxe6+ Rf7 28.Rd3 Bh4 29.Qg6+ winning.

Earlier, Alekhin draws attention to 19...cxd4, releasing the tension and space in the centre, as an error.

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