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Edgar Colle vs Alexander Alekhine
San Remo (1930), San Remo ITA, rd 13, Feb-01
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System. Anti-Colle (D04)  ·  0-1



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Jun-27-09  Gambit All: 27. ♗c3 may keep Colle in the game.
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  Calli: 27. Bc3 Bxh2+
Nov-28-14  dobrila: 27.g3 does not help either, after 27...Bxd4 Black is just a pawn up. I think the problem started one move before. After 26.f3 Ng5 27.Bg3 I do not believe that Black has much.
Nov-28-14  dobrila: I wonder whether 14...Bxh2+ makes sense. After 15.Kxh2 Ng4+ 16.Kg1 Qh6 17.Rf1 g6 18.Ne5 Qh2+ 19.Kf1 Qh1+ 20.Ke2 Qxg2 Black already has two pawns for his bishop, and the attack still looks strong. I think it would be hard to defend this position against a reigning world champion.
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  Mating Net: I think this is one of Alekhine's underrated gems. He shows of his positional acumen by exploiting his own doubled pawns. He exploited White's inaccurate 26.Qxe4 with a winning combination.

<I wonder whether 14...Bxh2+ makes sense.> I'm sure Alekhine gave this version of the Greek Gift plenty of consideration.

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  GrahamClayton: <dobrila>
I wonder whether 14...♗xh2+ makes sense. After 15.♔xh2 ♘g4+ 16.♔g1 ♕h6 17.♖f1 g6 18.♘e5 ♕h2+ 19.♔f1 ♕h1+ 20.♔e2 ♕xg2 Black already has two pawns for his bishop, and the attack still looks strong. I think it would be hard to defend this position against a reigning world champion.

Alexey Bezgodov analysed this game in his book "The Liberated Bishop Defence". He thinks that Whitecan draw with the counter-intuitive 15. ♔g3, although as you mentioned in your original post, playing this position over the board against a player of Alekhine's stature would be very difficult.

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