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Boris Vasilievich Lyubimov vs Alexander Alekhine
Game (1908), Moscow RUE
Sicilian Defense: Morphy Gambit (B21)  ·  0-1

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Feb-24-03  popski: I dont see any sicilian and 2.f4 here. Hmm, 17. Be3, e4 18.Nh4, Qh5-+ Yes, Alekhine was genius.
Feb-24-03  aulero: I could agree that Alekhine was a (chess) genius, but I see no sign of genius here, only white's big errors (the last and fatal 16.exd5).
Feb-24-03  corbinamman: What is black's response to 17. Be7? If 17...e4 then 18 Kh1. If 17...Re8 then 18 d6.
Feb-25-03  Cyphelium: 17. Be7 Re8 18. d6 e4 and white loses a piece. (18.Nh4 Qh5 or 18. h3 exf3)

Not a very interesting game.

Aug-29-04  popski: Yes, Alekhine was a (chess) genius.
Aug-29-04  WMD: I've always wanted to know what it felt like to be behind the 8-ball.
Aug-29-04  popski: Well, register username and try.
Sep-21-04  Knight13: Draw. Not a resign here.

<Cyphelium> Yes, not a very interesting game.

Sep-22-04
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  beatgiant: <Draw. Not a resign here.>

White resigns because there's no way to avoid losing at least a piece.

Black threatens both 17...e4 winning the knight, and 17...♗xf3 18. ♕xf3 ♕xg5 winning the bishop. 18. ♗e7 loses as <Cyphelium> points out above, and 18. ♕d2 loses to 18...♗xf3 19. gf f6 , winning the bishop.

Sep-23-04  Cyphelium: Perhaps I should make a slight correction of my old post. After 17. Be7 Re8 18. d6 e4 19. Nh4, the move 19.- Qh5 is nonsense. The simple 19.- Bxe2 wins on the spot.
May-27-05
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  InspiredByMorphy: At first I thought white could respond with 17.Nxe5 but black can answer with 17. ...Nxe5 18.Qxe5 f6 White can do nothing about the inevitable 17. ...e4
Jan-12-11  jmboutiere: 7.Nbd2 is the first mistake
9.Bg5 better than 9.c3
15.h3 better than 15.Bd5
16.Rd5 better than 16.ed5
Jan-12-11  jmboutiere: 17.Be7 e4 18.Bf8 Bf3 19.Qf1 Bd1 20.Be7 Bc2 21.d6 - 4.17 Rybka 3
Apr-08-11  bolek88: 3) not Nf3 but c3! - Morr Gambit

White resigned cause of the pawns - completly destroyed : 17)Be3 e4
18) Nh4 Qh5
19) f3 exf3
20) Nxf3 Ne5
21) Bxc5 Nxf3
22) gf Bxf3
23) Queen has no good move, if Qf1 - Rfc8 and next Bxd1; if Qf2 it Bxd1

Apr-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: <bolek88>
Black wins a piece after 17. Be3 e4 18. Nh4 <Bxe2> 19. Nxg6 hxg6.
Jul-17-20
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  jessicafischerqueen:

In "Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946" (McFarland 1998) p.27, Skinner and Verhoeven list their source as "Shakhmaty v SSSR" 1986, n.11, p.16."

They report that "It is not known in which event this game was played."

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