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Hans Kmoch vs Alexander Alekhine
Vienna (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 2, Nov-14
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1



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Feb-11-04  gentle75: 10... dxe4 !
A move to remember. I have tested some computer programs to find it - Rebel Decade 3.0 and Chessmaster 7000. They can't.
Feb-11-04  Whitehat1963: What do they give as alternatives? 10 ...Bxe4?
Jul-16-04  zb2cr: After 20 Bc1, Nxe2+. Now two variations:

(a) 21 Kg2 (21 Kf2?, Rh2#!), Bh3+; 22 Kf2 (22 Kh2, Bxf1#), Nxc1; 23 Rxc1, Bxf1. In this line if 23 Rh1, Nd3+ wins the exchange anyway. So Black ends the variation a Rook up. (b) 21 Rxe2, Qh5; 22 Kf2 (only way to defend both the mate threat and the Rook), Qh2+; 23 Ke3, Qxg3+; 24 Kd2, Qxb3; 25 axb3, O-O-O and White is down by 2 passed Pawns.

After 20 Rf2, Nh3+ wins the exchange.

After 20 Kf2, Rh2+ forces White's King back to g1, since 21 Ke3 is refuted by the fantastic mate 21 ... Nd5#! So, after 21 Kg1, Rg2+; 22 Kh1, Qh6+ with mate next move.

Apr-28-05  chess man: Alekhine just pushes his kingside pawns up and his opponent resigns after only 20 moves.
Apr-28-05  RookFile: Kind of reminds me of this game:

R Byrne vs Fischer, 1967

Apr-28-05  Boomie: <gentle75> Herr Fritz 8 settles on dxe4 at around depth=10.
Apr-28-05  Boomie: <zb2cr> If 20. ♗c1 ♕h6 with forced mate. The most charming one is:

20. ♗c1 ♕h6 21. ♔f2 ♘d3+ 22. ♗xd3 ♗xg3+ 23. ♔e2 ♗g4+ 24. ♖f3 ♗xf3+ 25. ♔f1 ♕h1#

Dec-26-06  ivanov90: 12.b5! (Fritz 10)For example: 12...Nf6 (the best)13.bxc6 bxc6 14.Qa4 Qd7 15.f3!
Dec-26-06  ivanov90: Look at this fine analysis (Fritz 10):
18...Nxf4? is the mistake. Winning 18...Rg8! 19.Kf2 Nxf4! 20.gxf4 Qh4+ 21.Ke3 Rg3 But instead 19.Rae1?? better is 19.Rxf4! Bxf4 20.Rf1!! Bb8! 21.d5!! Rh3! (21...Rg8? 22.d5 Qh4 23.Be5 e3? 24.Qxe3 Be4 25.d7+!! ; 21...cxd5? 22.Bxh8 dxc4 23.Qe3! Qc7 24.Kg2=) 22.d6 Qg5 23.Be5 Qg6 (23...f6 24.Bf4 Qg6 25. Qc3 ) 24. Qc3! So, Kmoch may be could make a draw...
Mar-24-08  notyetagm: <gentle75: 10... dxe4 ! A move to remember. I have tested some computer programs to find it - Rebel Decade 3.0 and Chessmaster 7000. They can't.>

Position after 10 ♘d2x♘e4 d5x♘e4!

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This idea of recapturing on K5 with the P-Q4 instead of the B-KB4 is typical in the kingside attacks that White seeks in the London System.

The point is that the Black P-K5 drives off the White N-KB3 which defends the castled king position, increasing the odds of a successful kingside attack.

In fact, this game looks so much like a <REVERSED LONDON SYSTEM> that it is scary.

Nov-11-12  shalgo: For an example of the kind of game that can follow if Black erroneously plays Bxe4 instead of dxe4, see Reti vs Spielmann, 1922.
May-01-16  Aleksej: Great Alekhine.Look at position after 18...Nxf4!!On 19.gxf4 Qh4 and indefensible checkmate!
Jan-01-20  Baby Hawk: It is often a bad idea to push your pawns away from your castled king.

It is a really bad idea if you do it against Alekhine.

Mar-04-21  edubueno: 10 Cxe4 es un grave error (big mistake). Mucho mejor 10 Ab2 (Bb2) para bloquear en e5.
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  Dionysius1: No it's not, and no it's not. Check an engine.
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  keypusher: < edubueno: 10 Cxe4 es un grave error (big mistake). Mucho mejor 10 Ab2 (Bb2) para bloquear en e5.>

<Dionysius1: No it's not, and no it's not. Check an engine.>

Okay....SF11 gives 10.Nxe4 -0.36 (46 ply) and 10.Bb2 -0.10 (49 ply). Up to the reader whether that difference is enough to make NxN <un error grave>, but the engine definitely thinks 10.Bb2 is better.

Interestingly, after 10.Bb2 Qf6 SF's idea is to sac a pawn but trade off enough pieces to preclude the Black attack on the king we see in the game. 10.Bb2 Qf6 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.Bxe5 Qxe5 15.Qa4. To which the engine gives a triple zero eval. Too deep for me.

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