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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Alexander Alekhine
Dresden (1926), Dresden GER, rd 3, Apr-06
Alekhine Defense: Maroczy Variation (B02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-05-07  Maynard5: This game goes through two rather distinct phases. Initially, Nimzovich establishes one of his trademark blockading positions, after which both players maneuver for a while, without either being able to achieve a breakthrough. As was often said of Alekhine, he was willing to take substantial risks in order to develop an initiative. Starting with 33. ... b5, Black opens the position, leading to a wild tactical fight. However, neither side is able to gain the advantage, and the game ends in a draw.
Apr-01-08  Knight13: <Starting with 33. ... b5, Black opens the position, leading to a wild tactical fight.> Alekhine was trying to break down White's center with ...b5, while giving himself an open file to work with. The other alternative, ...f6, is less effective.
Dec-16-13  Marmot PFL: Alekhine claims that 35...Bxb5 was winning and that in calculating the game line he overlooked 40 Qc2!, white's only saving move (40 Qxd2 Qb6+ and 41...Bxc4 or 40 Nxd2 Bxe5).
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  offramp: Alekhine and Nimzowitsch gave some notes to this game.

1. e4 Nf6 2. d3 c5 3. c4 Nc6 4. Nc3 $6 Une interversion de coups peu heureuse (4. f4 $142) 4... e6 5. f4 d5 6. e5 (6. Be2 $142) 6... d4 $1 7. Ne4 (7. Nb1 $142) (7. Nce2 $6 Ng4 $36) 7... Nxe4 8. dxe4 g5 $1 ♘on pas pour gagner le ♙e5 mais afin de laisser planer cette menace 9. Nf3 gxf4 (9... g4 10. Nd2 h5 $17) 10. Bxf4 Qc7 11. Bd3 Bd7 (11... Bg7 12. O-O Nxe5) 12. O-O O-O-O 13. a3 $2 (13. Qe1 $142) 13... Be8 14. Qe1 Rg8 15. Qh4 h6 16. Bg3 (16. b3) 16... Qb6 17. Rf2 Qb3 18. Rd2 Na5 19. Rc1 Qb6 Faisant pression sur les cases blanches affaiblies 20. Rf1 Nb3 21. Re2 a5 22. Bf4 a4 23. h3 Na5 24. Bd2 Nc6 25. Qe1 Qb3 26. Qb1 Bg7 Au prix de mille difficultés, les blancs avaient réussi à détourner vers d'autres points, l'attaque des noirs sur le ♙"e5" mais voilà que ca recommence! 27. Bf4 Ne7 28. Bd2 Nc6 (28... Ng6 $142) 29. Bf4 Na5 30. Nd2 Qb6 31. Qc2 Qc7 32. Nf3 Kb8 33. Qc1 $1 b5 34. cxb5 $5 (34. Nd2 $142 b4) 34... c4 35. Bd2 Rc8 $2 (35... Bxb5 $142 Il est vrai que la position offrait certaines chances de nullité aux blancs en sacrifiant la qualité. 36. Bxa5 Qxa5 37. Bxc4 d3 $1 38. Bxb5 dxe2 39. Bxe2 Toutefois, les chances de nullités sont assez minces par exemple: Rc8 40. Qe3 Qc5 41. Qxc5 Rxc5 42. Rb1 $1 Bxe5 43. b4 axb3 44. Rxb3+ Kc7 45. Nxe5 Rxe5 46. Rc3+ Kd6 47. Rc4 Ra5 $17) 36. Bxa5 Qxa5 37. Rc2 Maintenant, on comprend mieux l'idée de 33.♕c1 Bxb5 38. Bxc4 d3 $1 39. Rc3 d2 40. Qc2 Bxc4 41. Rxc4 Rxc4 42. Qxc4 Rc8 43. Qe2 Qb6+ 44. Qf2 Qxf2+ (44... Qxb2 45. Nxd2 $1 Bxe5 46. Qxf7 $1 Qxd2 ♘imzowitsch: Des analyses faites en commun par Alekhine et moi, semblent démontrer que les blancs ont la nullité) 45. Kxf2 Rc2 46. Ke2 Rxb2 47. Nxd2 Bxe5 Le ♙"e5" tombe après 38 coups de résistance! 48. Rb1 Rxb1 49. Nxb1 Kc7 50. Nd2 Kc6 51. Kd3 Kc5 52. g4 Bf4 53. Nb1 Be5

Une lutte gigantesque. Source: La Stratégie, n~/=6 juin 1926 1/2-1/2

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