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Alexander Alekhine vs Richard Teichmann
Match (1921), Berlin GER, rd 4, Jun-08
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 33.Kd5? is an unusual slip in Alekhine's play. 33.b6! with idea 34.c5 was much more forcible.
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  beatgiant: <Honza>
I think Alekhine's idea was if 33. b6 Kc6 34. c5 Bxc5 35. Rxc7+ Kxb6 Black can trade a bishop for White's queenside pawns, but in the game line Black would have to trade both a bishop and a rook for them.
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  Honza Cervenka: <beatgiant> 33. b6 Kc6 34. c5 Bxc5 35. Rxc7+ Kxb6 36.Rxc5 is an easy win for white. Thanks the threatening disovered check black cannot avoid the exchange of Rooks (36...Rb7 37.Rc1+ Ka6 38.Ra1+ Kb5 39.Rb1+ etc.) and white has easily won endgame thanks to good bishop.
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  beatgiant: <Honza Cervenka>
<33. an easy win for white.>

Agreed, but in the actual game, I don't see anything better for Black than to play 36...Bxh2 37. b7 Rf8 38. Ra8 Kc6 39. Rxf8 Kxb7, and White gets a rook for an even more easily won endgame.

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  Honza Cervenka: <beatgiant> Well, I have thought that after 33.Kd5 e4 34.b6 Bxh2 black position is still defensible but it isn't. 35.c5 with intention c6, b7 and Ra8 would have won quickly.
Jun-05-05  azaris: <33.♔d5! The pawns are now ready to advance further and nothing can parry their deadly menace.> -- GM Drazen Marovic, in Secrets of Positional Chess
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  Gypsy: Kotov:

<27.Kd3!> Start of a subtle play for win. Pawn e5 only interferes with Black pieces. Therefore White does not take it. Teichmann should have immediately shed this pawn by 27...e4+!

<32...Bd6> Black's intent is to give bishop for two pawns -- 33.c5 Rxb5 34.cxd6 Kxd6.

<33...e4> Six moves too late.

<34...Rf8> Or 34...Bxh2 35.c5 Kc8 36.Kc6 cxb6 37.Rxg7 and wins.

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  Calli: Alekhine pointed out 28...Rf1 was stronger. The rook goes behind and is not stuck on b8.
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  Mateo: <Honza Cervenka: 33.Kd5? is an unusual slip in Alekhine's play. 33.b6! with idea 34.c5 was much more forcible.> A funny point is that in his comments Alekhine writes: <Preparing the next move which, played at once, would not be so strong on account of the reply : 32... Kc6.> But of course you are right.

28... Rb8 <In my opinion, this move is the beginning of increasing problems. Black should consider the simple 28... Bd6. If 29. b4 Rf1, it seems that Black holds. It is difficult to agree with Alekhine's statement <Even the best move would in the end shown up as inadequate> without further analysis. If after 28... Bd6, White has no real winning prospects, we should consider that the all plan, altghough highly original, starting with 27. Kd3, might not be as strong as it looks.

Well, more generally speaking, after reading again "Alekhine's greatest games of chess", it seems to me that he is sometimes too categorical and that he overestimates his winning prospects. Many times, he writes that he wins, but the fact is that his opponents did not defend in the best way.

Dec-02-11  ForeverYoung: I looked at this game today. Anybody out there with Rybeka or Fritz want to analyze the merits of Mateo's 28 ... Bd6?
Dec-02-11  aliejin: "Well, more generally speaking, after reading again "Alekhine's greatest games of chess", it seems to me that he is sometimes too categorical and that he overestimates his winning prospects. "

This is a typical superficial commentary, a misconception, exposed by someone who has no capacity
to stand at another time

A century ago chess players did not have
tools, or time, to make the
analysis (quantity / quality) that today are achieved through the help of computers. Not a problem Alekhine. It is a characteristic of the time

Today the level of chess knowledge is huge

Those chess players were forced to take a stand
practice, Faced with the immensity that raises chess

May-22-12  screwdriver: Nice endgame by Alekine being a pawn down in a same colored bishop endgame.
Aug-11-15  ToTheDeath: Very instructive how Alekhine leaves the e5 pawn where it is and maneuvers around it. Like Yasser Seirawan says, focus on what stays on the board, not what comes off!
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