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Alexander Alekhine vs Ossip Bernstein
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 9, May-03
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Closed Showalter Variation (C66)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-15-19  mifralu: Alekhine played < 26. Nfd5 >

< Skinner&Verhoeven, Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946, p. 98 >

Correction slip submitted.

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  Telemus: <mifralu: Alekhine played < 26. Nfd5 >

< Skinner&Verhoeven, Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946, p. 98 >>

Fiala & Kalendovský give 26. ♘cd5. Neither their book nor Skinner & Verhoeven's book is a primary source.

<Correction slip submitted.> Might be a bit premature.

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  keypusher: <mifralu> <Telemus> Tarrasch’s tournament book also gives 26.Ncd5. I would say a correction slip is definitely premature.
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  whiteshark: For what it's worth*, here is a related analysis:

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White to move

1) -0.10 (27 ply) 26.Ncd5 Bxd5 27.Nxd5 Re8 28.c4 a6 29.b3 h5 30.g3 f4 31.Nxf4 Nxf4 32.Qxf4 Qxf4 33.gxf4 Re2 34.c5 dxc5 35.Rd7+ Kg6 36.Rxc7 Rxa2 37.Rxb7 Rc2 38.Rb6+ Kf5 39.Rxa6 Kxf4 40.Rf6+ Ke4 41.Rh6 Rb2 42.Rxh5 Kd4 43.Rg5 Rxb3

2) -0.69 (27 ply) 26.Nfd5 f4 27.Re1 Re8 28.b4 Qf5 29.Ne7 Qf6 30.Qxf6+ Kxf6 31.Ned5+ Bxd5 32.Nxd5+ Kf5 33.b5 Ng7 34.Rf1 Re4 35.Nxc7 Rc4 36.b6 axb6 37.Nd5 Ke5 38.Nxb6 Rxc2 39.a3 Nf5 40.Nd7+ Ke6 41.Rxf4 d5 42.Nf8+ Ke5 43.Rf2 Rc1+ 44.Rf1 Rxf1+ 45.Kxf1

3) -0.90 (27 ply) 26.Nh5+ Kh8 27.Qf6+ Qxf6 28.Nxf6 Kg7 29.Nfd5 Bxd5 30.Nxd5 c6 31.Re1 Ng5 32.Nf4 Kf7 33.Re3 Re8 34.Rxe8 Kxe8 35.Kf2 Kf7 36.Ke3 Kf6 37.h4 Nf7 38.Nh5+ Ke5 39.Nf4 b5 40.Ne2 c5 41.Nc3 b4 42.Ne2 Kd5 43.Nf4+ Kc6

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

*Note: This post does not substitute a proper source research.

Jun-15-19  Granny O Doul: 26. Nfd5 is a dumb-looking move. It's hard to imagine Alekhine playing it.

This is also not a substitute for proper source research.

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