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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Alexander Alekhine
Kecskemet (1927), Kecskemet HUN, rd 8, Jul-03
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-27-03  I.Carras: Could anyboby show me a winning line if black takes the knight on move 18? Thks
Mar-27-03  Woodpusher: I don't see anything.
Mar-28-03  Cyphelium: I don't know if white is winning, but he seems to have compensation if black plays 18.- fxe5.

An example:

19. Qxe5

threat is Qc7+

19.- Rc8 20. Rd1

threat Qd6 mate of course

20.- Rhd8 21. Rxd8 Rxd8 22. Qc7+ Nd7 23. Rd4 Qc1+ 24. Bf1

This position is interesting:

A/ 24.- Ba6?

This is bad because of 25. Qd6+ Kf7 26. Rd1 when the bishop on a6 will be lost.

B/ 24.- Bd5?! 25. c4

White doesn't threat to take on d5 of course, but the idea is to play something like Qg3 on the next move, with double threat against g7 and d5 and the attack still raging. It is hard to see how black should continue.

C/ 24.- Ba8! 25. Qd6+ Kf7

Now white has a draw: 26. Qc7 Ke7 (or perhaps 26.- Qg5!? 27. Qxa7!?)27. Qd6+ etc. Playing on seems risky: 26. Rf4+ Kg6 (other moves lose) 27. Qxe6+ Nf6 and now I fail to find anything for white.

Much to calculate, especially since it's not all forced. A lot of play for white though, so in practical play it's better to avoid it I guess.

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  crafty: 18. ... fxe5 19. ♕xe5 ♖ac8 20. ♖d1 ♖hd8 21. ♖xd8 ♖xd8   (eval -3.53; depth 15 ply; 1000M nodes)
Jun-03-03  drukenknight: cyph interesting comments re: the B on move 24. What if black simply drops it to break up pawns 18....Bxg2?
Sep-01-04  wonderboymyth: 75.Qxf6 h1=N# :D
or 75.Qh1 Ne4+
Sep-01-04  Poulsen: Hmm, I would think, that Aljechin feared 18.-,fxe5 19.Qxe5,Rac8 20.Rd4 - if 20.-,Rhd8, then 21.Rxd8,Rxd8 22.Dc7+,Nd7 (not 22.-,Kf8 23.Qxd8+) 23.Qxb7 ... and white has the upper hand ...
Mar-24-09  mitopako: on
a)Qxf6, black promote pone to knight and budzi banga. b) Qh1, black knight e4 with check forcing white quin to retire and budzi banga again
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  Calli: Yates missed a brilliancy. 24.Rd8+ Rxd8 25.Rxd8+ Ke7 26.Nh6!!

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Black can't take the Knight because of Qg8 and if the Q moves, then Nxf7.

Oct-23-10  ounos: I see what you did there, mitopako...
Sep-28-11  Marmot PFL: <With 24.Rd8+ Rxd8 25.Rxd8+ Ke7 26.Nh6! Qh5 27 Nxf7 Qxf7 28 Rd1! Qg6 29 Qxg6 hg6 White could have brought about a good ending, although in view of the strong position of the knight and Black's extra pawn it would hardly be a win for him.> AA
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  Calli: <Marmot PFL> In that line 28 Re8+ Kd6 29 f4 wins. Fairly obvious. I don't know what AA's "28.Rd1!" is about.
Oct-01-13  Owl: Not only does Alekhine win a lot but he's really hard to beat!!!
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  offramp: One of my favourite Alekhine dénouments. He has just played 75...Kh5.

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If white now plays 76.Qxf6, then 76...h1=N is mate:

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Jun-07-19  Granny O Doul: Yes, a witty finish. Also not bad was 75...h1=N+ 76. Qxh1 Ne4+ 77. Kh4 Rd8.
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