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Efim Bogoljubov vs Alexander Alekhine
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 18, May-10
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-20-15  Nerwal: More of Alekhine's special annotations (there is no middleground with them, it's either brilliant or rubbish). 13. g3 ('!') is supposed to be the only saving plan (but why would White even be worse in that position after any reasonable move), and Black to be still better after 14. ♗b5 a6 15. ♗xd7+ ♕xd7 16. ♖d4 ♕b5 17. ♕e3 ♔e7 because in an endgame (!) the ♗ would be more powerful than the ♘ (let's forget about the queens still on the board, the bad pawn structure and the weak king on e7). Then later the queen endgame is a dead draw but Alekhine tries to make us believe it was somewhat interesting (25... ♕h3 ('!')).

16. ♗a6! is a nice ressource anyway (16... ♘xf3 17. ♖c4 ).

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