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Alexander Alekhine vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Mannheim (1914), Mannheim GER, rd 9, Jul-30
Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Variation (C53)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: Rampaging Knights.
Jun-21-09  pom nasayao: White's last move attacks the Black queen and bishop at the same time. Black will be a piece down.
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  whiteshark: "One of the effective tactical ploys is a manoeuvre. It is often fairly concise, consisting of two or three moves. But manoeuvres that are several moves long, outwardly striking and memorable, are not infrequent either. The following example is characteristic:

Position after <19...e4>

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<20. Ng5!> There might seem to be more point in immediately directing the knight to d4 (where it will be very actively placed) but Alekhine is in no hurry to do so. He will only occupy d4 after a few more moves. His knight is travelling along the route f3-g5-h3-f4-e2-d4. The idea of this remarkable manoeuvre is that by means of a combinative attack against e4, White first wants to induce a weakening of Black's pawn position and thus gain control of the f5-square.

<20... h6> 20...Ne5 is strongly answered by 21.Bb3! Bf5 22.Ba4! Kf8 23.Bc2!. <21.Nh3 Qe5 22.Rc1 Ng4 23.Nf4!> The knight continues on its way. <23...g5 24.h3 Ngf6 25.Ne2 Nxd5 26.Bxd5 Qxd5>

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<27.Nd4!> The manoeuvre is completed. The possibility of invading the kingside with the knight via f5 decides the outcome of the game. ... White soon won."

-- Alexey Suetin, Soviet Chess Strategy

Mar-24-17  Saniyat24: Wow what a dominating performance by Alekhine...his Knight moves were just deadly...!!
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  Phony Benoni: Just imagine how good this Alekhine guy could have been if he had ever got his queen off the first rank.
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