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Alexander Alekhine vs Boris Verlinsky
Odessa (1918)
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  1-0

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Nov-17-06  arminsson: A strange ending. Why does black resign? Play 24. .....Ka8 and there is much work to be done. Perhaps a bit afraid of the young master?
Aug-24-07
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  whiteshark: <arminsson: A strange ending. Why does black resign? Play 24. .....Ka8 and there is much work to be done. Perhaps a bit afraid of the young master?> I guess, you are right in your observation.


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Maybe he missed a move in the line
< 24... Ka8 25. Qf3 Rd6 26. Bxf6 Ng6 27. Qg3 Qd2 28. h4 >


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Nov-23-07  Whitehat1963: So, does anyone know the finish?
Nov-23-07
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  Calli: Skinner and Verhoeven give 20...Rdg8 instead of Rhg8. This accounts for Verlinsky's resignation as the end position becomes


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Apr-25-10  heizfeld: i think arminsson and whiteshark observed a complete different game since 24...a8 leads to Qb8# in this game ???
Apr-18-12  Thecheesykid: If Ka8 there's Qb8# or Rb8#
If Kc8, it's mate in 4 with qb8+ kd7 Rb7+ qd7 rxd7+ kd6 Rf7# or Rb7# or Rxa7#

Qb4 or Qb6 are the only options here.

Dec-17-14  TheFocus: An off-hand game played in Odessa, Ukraine on October 23, 1918.
Jan-08-16  DrGridlock: A curious ending to this game.

John Watson presents this game in "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy," with the move 20 ... Rhg8 instead of 20 ... Rdg8. Moving one rook or the other makes a big difference between the game is resignable at move 24.

With 20 ... Rhg8, Komodo finds:

Alexander Alekhine - Boris Verlinsky


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1. = (-0.25): 24...Ka8 25.Qf3 Rd6 26.Bxf6 Ng6 27.Qg3 Qd2 28.Qb3 Qb4 29.Qc2 Qa5 30.g3 Qc7 31.Bb3 Rf8 32.Bb2 Qa5 33.Bc3 Qa3 34.Re1 Rf3 35.Kg2 Rdd3 36.Bb2 Qb4 37.Rxe6 Kb7

and it's >black< who has a small edge here. Watson comments, "For the record, I'm not sure that black should be resigning here."

With 20 ... Rdg8 it's a tsunami for White:

Alexander Alekhine - Boris Verlinsky


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1. (2.37): 24...Qb4 25.Rxb4+ cxb4 26.Bxh8 Rxg3 27.fxg3 Kc7 28.Bg7 Nd7 29.Bxe6 c5 30.Kf2 Kd6 31.Bg8 h5 32.Bf7 Ke5 33.Ke3 Nb6 34.Bh6 Nd5+ 35.Kd3 Nc3

Since black actually did resign here, it's most reasonable to assume the game actually was played in the 20 ... Rdg8 version, though copyist or other errors have given us the game in both versions.

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