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Alexander Alekhine vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Kecskemet (1927), Kecskemet HUN, rd 5, Jul-10
French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: First!

Alternatively I could have ask how to spell Alekhine.

Jan-06-14  ForeverYoung: this is a very interesting game. According to Praxis time pressure was the reason a draw was agreed to.
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  whiteshark: *asked
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  whiteshark: Game 20 in Nimzovich's 'Chess Praxis'

both players were in time trouble

Dec-15-15  cwcarlson: It's curious Alekhine missed 26.Ne5 Ne5 27.Bf6, even in time pressure.
Dec-16-15  thomastonk: <cwcarlson: It's curious Alekhine missed 26.Ne5 Ne5 27.Bf6, even in time pressure.> Probably a very good idea.

Black can try 27.. ♘g6, 27.. ♘g4 or 27.. ♘d7 (whereas 27.. g6 and 27.. ♖g4 are obviously insufficient).

27.. ♘g6 28.d7 ♖cc8 29.dxc8♕+ ♖xc8 30.♗g5

27.. ♘g4 28.d7 gxf6 29.d8♕+ ♖xd8 30.♖xd8+ ♔g7 31.h3

27.. ♘d7 28.♗xg7 ♗e4 29.♗d4+ ♗g6 30.f4 and here it becomes tricky after 30.. ♖xd4 31. ♖xd4, because Black can choose between 31.. ♕f5, 31.. f5, 31.. ♔f8 and 31.. ♔h8.

Probably everything can be answered successfully, but I think it is a rather difficult temporary piece sac (and White has also to consider ideas like 27.. ♘c6 or 27.. ♖f4 28.♗xe5 ♖xf2). I am neither surprised by Alekhine's choice nor by the fact that Nimzowitsch didn't mention this possibility in his analysis.

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