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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Alexander Alekhine
All-Russian Masters playoff (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 1, Feb-05
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  0-1



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Apr-09-05  lopium: This game is beautiful. What a pressure against the black's king!
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  Calli: Well, Nimzo has the draw if he wants it with 34.Kf1, but he gets greedy with Ke2. Alekhine also pointed out 40.Rc5! likely draws.
Jan-30-07  Owl: whats the deal with 41. Rc7 doesnt that losses Nimzo his queen
May-24-11  hedgeh0g: Yes, but it's trickier than it looks. After Rxd7 Rcxd7, White's threats on the back rank mean Black needs to tread very carefully to avoid perpetuals and even mating nets. If White can succeed in exchanging the two rooks for White's queen, he probably has good chances to draw the ensuing endgame thanks to his pawn advantage. No need to enter those unnecessary complications when ...Qg3+! simply wins a rook by force.
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  jessicafischerqueen: This is playoff game 1 from the <All Russian Masters Tournament> of St. Petersburg 1914.

<Alekhine> and <Nimzowitsch> had finished the event shared first, and also split the two playoff games, so both were invited to the <International St. Petersburg Tournament> of 1914.

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  OhioChessFan: 41. Qxb7+ Qxb7 42. Rxb7+ Kxb7 43. Rc4
and I don't know. Can White hold this?

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  OhioChessFan: I tossed it in Fritz and he has Black winning that pretty easily.
Jan-11-12  Shams: <OCF> Yeah, with only the one passer I'm sure Fritz could mop this up with his floating-point co-processor tied behind his back.

Question: is best play 43...Rc8 immediately, or should Black leave the rooks on?

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  OhioChessFan: 39. Rf3 looks like a pretty straightforward draw.
Feb-04-12  RookFile: Such a very sharp game. Alekhine demonstrates great confidence in his powers of calculation.
Nov-20-12  Ulhumbrus: After 10...Bd6 Black has the bishop pair and White's N on d3 obstructs his d2 pawn
Jan-13-14  nhnsn: Why instead of 26-♗b2, Nimzowitsch doesn`t play 26.♗a3?
Jan-13-14  Poulsen: <nhnsn> The rook on a1 hangs - thats why
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  TheFocus: Alekhine tied for 1st place with Nimzowitsch in the All Russian Masters Tournament held in St. Petersburg, Russia with a score of +13=1-3. They drew a play-off match with one win apiece.

This is play-off game 1, February 5, 1914.

Jan-27-15  Nova: What a game! Can we have it as a Game of the Day please?? Any puns?
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  offramp: <Nova: What a game! Can we have it as a Game of the Day please?? Any puns?>

Here's a pun for you, Nova:

<A Fridge Too Far>.

Mar-01-15  Nova: <offramp: Here's a pun for you, Nova: A Fridge Too Far>

Thanks for the suggestion…but I don't get it. Could you explain it?

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  offramp: <Nova: <offramp: Here's a pun for you, Nova: A Fridge Too Far> Thanks for the suggestion…but I don't get it. Could you explain it?>

It doesn't have much sense in this context, but it IS a pun.

It's in fact a quote from King Size Homer, an episode of The Simpsons (spoken by Raphael).

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