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Alexander Alekhine vs Richard Reti
London (1922), London ENG, rd 13, Aug-16
King's Indian Defense: Zinnowitz Variation (E90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-23-02  bishop: It seems to me that once the f-line was opened for Black he was equal.
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  tamar: Alekhine was a half point behind Capablanca going into the last three rounds, and needed a win.

Curious he would not try 14 f4 as the knight retreats are bad, and the piece sacrifice looks inadequate.

14 f4 Nxc4 15 Nxe6 Nxd2 16 Nxd8 Bxc3 17 bxc3 Ne4 18 Nxb7 Rae8 19 Bf3 Ng3

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Black has this resource, but White keeps the upper hand

20 Rg1 Rxe3+ 21 Kf2 Rfe8 22 Kxg3 Nf6 23 Kg2 Rxc3 24 Rgc1 consolidating with a piece for two pawns.

Stockfish gives it at about +2 at 27 depth and trending higher as Black has no counterplay.

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  Retireborn: <tamar> Agree that 14.f4 is winning or close to it eg 14.f4 Nd7 15.f5! is crushing.

My notes suggest 13...a6 (instead of Be6); then 14.f4 Nd7 is not so bad, although Black's position still looks ugly.

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  tamar: <Retireborn: <tamar> Agree that 14.f4 is winning or close to it eg 14.f4 Nd7 15.f5! is crushing.>

The alternative 14 f4 Nc6 at least does not lose a piece, but after 15 h4 White launches a Dunkirk-like invasion and the knight on g8 is particularly bad threatened to be trapped by f5-g5-f6 in many variations.

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