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Alexander Alekhine vs A M Favorsky
Moscow (1909), Moscow RUE, Jan-10
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General (C68)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: For the Ruy Lopez Exchange, 5 ... Qd6 is often an active line for Black, although it loses time to the simple 6. Nbd2 f6 7. Nc4 hitting the Queen. Black was doing fine here, although maybe 13 ... Qc6 preserving the Two Bishops (14. Na5 Qb6 15. b4 c6). 17 ... Rh8?! was a time-wasting mistake; 17 ... g4 was much better and would distract White on the Kingside. 19. Qf2 would have been interesting (19 ... Be7 20. d4 cd 21. cd c5). 23 ... Qe7 gave better chances than 23 ... Qe5?/Qf6? 24. Rxd8+ Kxd8 25. Rd1+ & 26. Bd4, or in the game 23 ... Qg6?! 24. Bxf4 and now 24 ... Rxd4 25. Be5 (25 ... Qb6 26. Qf2), then 24 ... gxf4 25. Qxc7 was decisive; 25 ... Rxd4 26. Qe5+ wins both Rooks, or 25 ... Qf6 26. Rxd8+ Qxd8 27. Qe5+.

sev169-tpstar0 (Yahoo 5/10/04): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Qd6!? 6. Nbd2 f6 7. Nc4 Qe7 8. h3 Be6 9. Na5!? 0-0-0 10. Be3 Qf7 11. c4?! Bb4+ 12. Bd2 Bxa5 13. Bxa5 Bxc4 14. d4 ed 15. Nd2 Be6 16. Qf3 Ne7 17. Bb4 Ng6 18. b3 Ne5 19. Qe2 Qg6 20. f4!? Qg3+ 21. Kd1 Nd3?! (21 ... Qxf4) 22. a3 (22. Nf1 Nf2+ 23. Ke1 Nd3+ 1/2-1/2) Nxb4 23. axb4 Bxb3+ 24. Kc1? Qc3+ 25. Kb1 Qc2++ (0-1).

May-14-05  beastboy: this game was a good game. ps.I wish I could understand gm games!
Jan-06-07  sezori: It's not even the case of understanding GM games, it's if you can see what his plan is with a certain move...Nothing really to understand, see his plan and try to prevent or counter it with a counter threat.
Sep-02-08  pom nasayao: 24. ___ Rxd4 is neither good, because of 25. Qxc7 gxf4 26. Qe5+ takes the rook and leaves black double isolated pawns.
Sep-02-08  IT4L1CO: I think if 24 .. Rxd4 25 Be5 is the best...
Sep-13-08  pom nasayao: i think IT4L1CO may be right at one point, but after 25. Be5 Qb6 is devastating. White will be having a hard time compensating with the double isolated pawns on the b-file, with all material being equal.
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  Gypsy: If <26...Rxd4>, then <27.Qe5+...>

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The unkind point is that Black now loses both(!) rooks: If <27...Qe6> or <27...Kf8>, then <28.Qxh8+...> followed by <29.Qxd4>; and if <27...Kd8> or <27...Kd7>, then <28.Qxd4+> followed by <29.Qxh8>.

Jul-26-12  smitha1: It seems to me that White's 24th would make a good Wednesday puzzle because of the defensive resources at Black's disposal
Oct-17-16  RKnight: I think that instead of 24... Bxf4?, black can do much better with 24...Qb6, 25.Be3 Rxd4, 26 Qc3 c5. This is still a difficult game for black though, and I'm not sure what an engine would say.
Nov-16-16  indomega:
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I think this position is bad for black because

1.doubled pawns on c-file
2.his pawns are like "wild horses"
3.he has not castled
4.Bishop on f6 instead of knight
5.he has not finished developing.

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