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Nikolay Pavlov-Pianov vs Alexander Alekhine
USSR Championship (1920), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Oct-10
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1

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Apr-17-06  Bobak Zahmat: At first look, White seems to have created a strong pawn chain at his Queen side, but Alekhine's Queen is mighty!
Apr-17-06  GenomicChess: What is the point of 27.b3? Other than losing, that is.
Apr-17-06  Bobak Zahmat: It's a kind of a zugzwang position, every move looks losing for White.
Jun-19-09  ToTheDeath: 19.Kxc2! Qf5+ 20.Kb3 and despite the awkward king placement Black does not have anything definite for the exchange. White should have gone for this, but it's obvious from his play that he was petrified of his opponent and looking only to draw-- so naturally he was crushed.
Aug-10-09
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  Phony Benoni: White's play does seem timid, but the two opponents had played this game about three months before: N Pavlov Pianov vs Alekhine, 1920
Dec-08-12
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  Fusilli: <PB> Ha. Apparently Alekhine was in the habit of making unsound sacs against this opponent.

In the game here 17...Rxe1 was unnecessary (and actually inferior), but considering that white had played positionally pretty weak up until then, Alekhine must have rightly concluded that Panov-Pianov was having a bad day and would not be able to defend correctly.

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