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Alexander Alekhine vs Oldrich Duras
St. Petersburg Quadrangular (1913), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 1, Apr-18
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  1-0



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Jul-09-05  calman543: Did black resign because he is down by the exchange, or was there more to it than that?
Jul-09-05  slapwa: Rather more: the knight has nowhere to go, and if 27. ..., Be5 28. f4.
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  Phony Benoni: It takes a pretty sharp piece of work to outwit the wily Duras as Alekhine does here:

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It started with <22.g4>, which looks totally senseless. Black tried <22...Bd6>, and Alekhine struck with <23.Nxf7! Rxf7 24.Qf5!!>.

If you saw that one coming, go to the head of the class! White threatens both 25.Qe6 and 25.g5, and Black has no choice but to give material back after <24...g6 25.Qe6 Kg7 26.Qxf7+ Kh6 27.Be6!>, and Black resigns as his knight is trapped (thanks in part to 22.g4) and cannot be protected (27...Be5 28.f4).

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  Calli: "<22.g4>, which looks totally senseless"

White threatens Qf5 and g5, so it makes perfect sense. Black can't prevent g5 because h6 is answered by Qg6. Black's best try is 22...Be7 but White is still winning.

Dec-19-06  ALEXIN: A masterpiece of Alekhine. Duras payed well but the imagination of alekhine has created a lot of threats. The game is entirely focused on f7 !
Jul-07-11  PSC: Alekhine's comments/annotations to this game posted here:
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