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N Alexandrov vs Alexander Alekhine
cr 1909-10 (1910) (correspondence)
Philidor Defense: Hanham Variation (C41)  ·  0-1



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Apr-24-03  suenteus po 147: 14...Re8!
Sep-27-03  stinkymagoo: Quitter...
Sep-27-03  stinkymagoo: I think that this game proves that Philidor's is much better than all the doubters would have us believe.
Oct-21-03  suenteus po 147: I wouldn't call Alexandrov a quitter per se. I'm always for fighting it out to the end, but this is a position that looks well and truly hopeless (especially against Alekhine!), not to mention arduous in the aftermath of what's about to happen. The reason I gave black's fourteenth move, Re8, an exclamation point is that now the white bishop has no safe square to go to. Anything Alexandrov does in this position leads to heavy material loss with no gain. I do agree, though, the Philidor is underrated. In the hands of Alekhine, for example, it's a very powerful defense.
Oct-21-03  drukenknight: Did you see it was a correspondence game? The guy most likely died of old age. Let that be a lesson to promising young players, do not play correspondence! They will wait till you die then write up all your old games like you are an idiot.
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  Phony Benoni: <drunkenknight> On the other hand, Alekhine was a "promising young player" when he played this correspondence game, and look what happened to him!

By the way, I doubt that Alexandrov resigned because he was playing Alekhine. The days when the very name of Alekhine struck fear in the hearts of chess players were still in the future.

Dec-06-15  indomega: 17.cxb4...Bxd4+ 18.Kh8(If 18.Rf2??...Re1+ 19.Bf1...Bxe2+ 20.Kh1...Rxf1#)...Nf2+ 19.Kg1(If 19.Rxf2...Bxf2 is up in material)...Nxd3+ 20.Kh1...Nxc1 and black wins by material

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