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Richard Teichmann vs Alexander Alekhine
Berlin exg (1913), Jul-20
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  0-1



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  Mateo: Beautiful fireworks from Alekhine. His play was nearly perfect but it seems to me that on move 31 he gave his great opponent an opportunty to come back into the game, but Teichmann missed it (or I missed something).

20. Nfd4? <20. Be3 was natural with a balanced game. Obviously Teichmann underestimated Alekhine's reply.> Qxe5!! <This move implies a sacrifice of the Knight in order to get a Kingside attack.> 21. Nc6 <21. f3 Bd6 22. fxe4 Qh2+ 23. Kf1 dxe4, Black has only 2 pawns for the Knight but prospects of attack against the White King.> Qf6 22. Nxe7+ Qxe7 23. f3 Nc5 24. b3 <24. Be3 Na4 25. b3 Nc3 26. Qd2 b4 could be the kind of variation Teichmann wanted to avoid.> Rac8 25. Ne3? <25. Be3 or 25. Nd4 should be considered to control the square in front of the passed pawn.> Qf6 26. Ba3 a5! 27. Qe2 <27. Nxd5? Bxd5 28. Qxd5 b4, Black wins.> d4! <27... b4 seems natural but Alekhine foresaw something interesting.> 28. Bb2 <28. Qxb5 dxe3 29. Bxc5 Qg5 30. Rac1 Bxh3 31. Re2 Rfd8, and the Bishop pinned twice is misplaced. Black wins.> Qf4 29. Ng4 Bxg4 30. hxg4 b4 31. Rad1 <31. Qb5 Ne6 32. Qxa5 Rc2 wins as Black threatens to take the Bishop as well as Qd2 or Qg3 mating.> Ne6? <Better seems 31... d3. Now the d pawn should fall.> 32. Qf2 Rfd8 33. g3? <33. Re4 was the point. Then the d pawn is lost after Bxd4, although the Bishop would be pinned on d4. But it seems there is no way to exploit it in a direct way.> Qc7! 34. f4 <34. Bxd4 Nxd4 35. Rxd4 Rxd4 36. Qxd4 Qxg3+, Black wins.> d3 35. Re5 Qc2 36. Rd2 Qc6! 37. Qe3 <37. Rxa5 Nc5 wins the exchange because of the double threat 38... Ne4 and 38... Qb6.> h6! 38. Rxd3 <38. Rxa5 Nc5 39. Ra7 Ne4! 40. Rxd3 Nxg3! 41. Qxg3 Qc5+, Black wins.> Qc2! <39. Rxd8+ Rxd8 40. Qf2 Rd2, Black wins.> 0-1

Sep-16-06  notyetagm: With 38 ♖xd3?! White creates two loose pieces, the undefended White b2-bishop and the once attacked, once defended White d3-rook.

What does Black do with these two loose White pieces? He forks them with his queen, 39 ... ♕c2!, of course. White resigns since he has no adequate reply to this <DOUBLE ATTACK> against two loose pieces.

Just like Dr. Nunn said, <LPDO - Loose Pieces Drop Off>, here to a <DOUBLE ATTACK>.

Aug-09-13  wachter123680: NotyetaGM and Mateo, nice comments. It looked like Teich's blunder at 38. Also Teich's blundered at 35. Re5, may I submit, because he left his back rank undefended adequate. But with no blunders, I wonder did Alekhine have enough to win anyway??? If Teich at 19. had exd5, then that pawn he was passing would have been gone, but with too much complication a result. But if I think I am spot on, then there is probable some GM who can help me see my appreciative granularity.
Aug-09-13  JimNorCal: From the game header: Berlin exg 1913
What is "exg"?
Perhaps "exhibition game"?
Dec-14-14  TheFocus: Exhibition game played in the Cafe Kerkau in Berlin, Germany on July 20, 1913.
Dec-07-16  RKnight: At first blush it would seem that 21 f3 wins the knight, but black's attack is fierce: 21 f3 Bd3, 22. fxe4 Qh2+, 23. Kf1 Bg3, 26. Nf3 Qh1+ with considerable pressure, but not clear if it wins. Both players probably saw this line, and Teichmann didn't take the bait.
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