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Alexander Alekhine vs Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann
Cologne (1911), rd 1, Jun-??
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Closed Wolf Variation (C66)  ·  1-0



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Jan-10-05  JohnBoy: This is a fine game, and could easily come from a Philidor as well. Several parts of this game are very instructive.

(1) The queen play e2-a6-a5, generating the backward d pawn. (2) 24.Bh4 creating the weakness at f5 - the black rook can't move without either losing a pawn ortaking away the e5 knight's only retreat square.

I wonder how early Alekhine saw this plan.

Mar-12-05  chess man: <I wonder how early Alekhine saw this plan> <JohnBoy> probaly from move 1!
Mar-12-05  Calli: <JohnBoy> Black could play f6 and avoid Nf5. 27...Ng6? is a blunder. Not that his position was so good but the obvious move 27...Nf7 would protect d6 and h6.
Aug-29-09  WhiteRook48: funny tactics
Jul-03-17  RKnight: It wasn't obvious to me how AA would finish Sergey had he not resigned. If 32...Qb7 33 Bxf8+ Rxf8 34 Qe6 does the trick. But if 32...Qe8 33 e5 Qxg6 34 exf6+ kh2 there is no immediate win, though AA has a big advantage.

The engines would probably give a convincing line, but I don't usually use them; it's more fun to try and figure out these positions.

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