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Jacques Davidson vs Alexander Alekhine
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 6, Mar-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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Mar-15-05  dac1990: Ouch. Next move and Black wins a bishop through a fork.
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Semmering 1926>

One of two brilliancy prize games for <Alekhine>, the other against <Rubinstein>: Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1926

Jun-04-15  jerseybob: With 6.Qc2 white tries to play the tempo game, i.e. force black to play dc before white plays Bd3. But 6.Bd3 was probably best anyway, tempo loss or not. Meanwhile black's queen posting, to e7, coupled with the bishop at d6, sets up an avalanche of threats.
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  fredthebear: This is game #62 in "Masters of the Chessboard" by Richard Reti. Give it a read. You'll be glad you did.
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  plang: 13..Rd8 and 15..Re8 is an interesting maneuver resulting in the White bishops being placed on squares where they can be easily attacked as well as blocking the activity of the White rooks. Alekhine was critical of 19 Nf3 recommending 19 f4..N2f6 20 e5..Nd5 21 Bd2..Bb6 with some edge for Black.

This game is an impressive positional effort; almost Karpov like. Hard to tell exactly where White went wrong. Final attack seems to come out of nowhere.

Jun-16-15  jerseybob: plang: The position after 18..Nd7 is striking: white has a big blob of pieces blocking the central files, all getting in each others' way, while black's game is free and easy, with the mobile rook and the queen's ability to access e5. Alekhine's suggested 19.f4 might be an improvement, but enough to hold?
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  perfidious: <jerseybob> In the 1980s, I would sometimes play 6.Qc2 for a change of pace from the reams of theory in the Meran. Of course, some chump called Karpov started playing it all the time a while later and it moved to a higher position in the food chain than it had held back in the fifties.

The position after Alekhine's eighteenth illustrates qualitative vs quantitative development.

Jun-16-15  TheFocus: <perfidious> That Karpov guy was probably playing through some of your games and "borrowed" your move.

Substitute "steal" for "borrowed," and it would read the same.

Jun-16-15  TheFocus: Did this Karpov chump ever amount to anything in chess, or did he quit early to devote himself to a "real" job like so many others did?
Jun-16-15  jerseybob: perfidious: I spent some time on Opening Explorer looking at 6.Qc2 games and it's not per se a bad move, but somewhere in this game white went astray. Maybe 9.b3 would be interesting? Qualitative vs.quantitative exactly describes it.
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