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Grigory Levenfish vs Alexander Alekhine
Vilnius All-Russian Masters (1912), Vilna (Vilnius) RUE, rd 18, Sep-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  0-1



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Of course I would have played 34...Bd4. You probably would have too. And we both would have allowed White a lot of counterplay with 35.Rc7.

Instead, Alekhine played <34...Nxf5>, planning 35.Qxb2 Nh4+ 36.Kh1 Qd3 37.Rc3 Qxd5+ followed by 38...Nxf3. Levenfish countered with <35.Rc7?, but after <35...Qg6> (threatening ...g4) Black soon crashed through.

Jun-21-09  pom nasayao: It's amazing that Alekhine kept the Black Bishop en prise from moves 34 to 38 when he can save it by playing Bd4. Typical Alekhine. He would rather allow his opponent to gobble up his pieces while he is unobviously preparing to pounce on his opponent on the proper time.
Sep-28-11  visayanbraindoctor: In the CG data base, Alekhine and Levenfish, two of the then Russian Empire's finest tacticians, played each other 7 times. Only their first and last games ended in draws. The rest were all out melees in which they went after each other's throat at first opportunity. This is their first decisive game, and here AAA shows his typical attacking style, wherein he always prioritizes the initiative and attack over material.

For the purpose of studying the attack, AAA's games are a must to study.

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  perfidious: <PB....Of course I would have played 34...Bd4. You probably would have too.....>

More than likely.

<....And we both would have allowed White a lot of counterplay with 35.Rc7.>

Speaking of which, the forcing line which concludes this melee is neatly done, but who among us would have seen anything like the conclusion from the position after Levenfish's 32nd move?

Mar-18-17  hopscottch: Not to be overlooked is Alekhine's subtle play leading up to the tactical conclusion.Through patient maneuvers, he stymies White's typical K-side play. 9...Kh8/10...Ng8 is a subtle reorganization to clear the way for the f-pawn. I thought he was aiming for an immediate 11...f7-f5, but not so. Although working in cramped quarters, he works out a plan to fortify his center and then sets about rearranging his forces to begin an assault on the light squares.11...Qe8 coordinates with his d7 Bishop, eyeing the K-side.12...f6 is much more than a "wait-and-see" policy,anchoring his central e5 strongpoint. He reveals his true intent with 13...g5!, which I found to be genius in the way he meets White's typical K-side maneuvers with an aggressive pawn thrust, supported by the relocated pieces. Look carefully at the manner in Which Alekhine uses his pawns to accomplish strategic objectives, and not just in one sector---he employs them across the entire terrain of the board.15...h5 assails White's g4, proving instrumental later on in the "bayonet attack" he musters along the g-file, threatening to pry it open after 25...Rg8. 17...c6 levers against White's d5 pawn to undermine the White center and creates the first weakness in white's isolated d-pawn. Compare it to Black's bastion of central pawns and you can begin to appreciate Alekhine's far-sighted strategy. Even Black's 'far-removed' 27...a7-a5 thrust serves to thwart White's aggressive intentions there, paving the way for the entry of his long- dormant "bad" Bishop via the 26...Bd8/29...Bb6 maneuver.
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