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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Alexander Alekhine
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 4, May-02
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  0-1



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Jan-10-07  notyetagm: Position after 24 ♘b2:

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With 24 ♘b2, White wants to <BLOCK> the open c-file to his weak, backward c2-pawn by eventually playing 24 ♘b2-c4 but Alekhine does not let him.

If White could just get in this move, then his c2-weakness could not be attacked and hence would not really be a weakness at all. This principle is the old saying <"A weakness is not a weakness unless it can be attacked">.

Alekhine (Black) makes sure that it -can- be attacked and hence really is a weakness by not allowing Tarrasch (White) to play his intended maneuver ♘b2-c4.

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  GrahamClayton: 10.♗e3 allows Alekhine to advance his Q-side pawns, which eventually strangle the White position. 10.a4 forestalling the advance is better.

Alekhine's play from move 14 is an excellent example of not only knowing the right moves, but making them in the right order. The immediate 14...♗a6 would allow Tarrasch to block the Queenside with 15.♗c4 ♗c4 16.♕c4 d5 17.♕c5. The e-pawn cannot be captured, as 17...de4? loses the Knight after 18.♗g5.

Mar-09-21  SpiritedReposte: Perhaps <35. ...Bf4> is stronger? Prevents the queen trade, threatens the h-pawn with check and if it moves then ...Be3 and ...Qg3 looks like real threats.
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  Honza Cervenka: It was better to play 23.Nb2 with idea 23...Rxc2 24.Rxc2 Rxc2 25.Qxf5 Nxf5 26.Nc4 etc. Black is a Pawn up but white has quite good chance to hold the defense.
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  Pawn and Two: <Honza Cervenka> Stockfish engine analysis on this page confirms 23.Nb2! was White's best move, with only a small edge for Black: (-.17) (40 ply) 23.Nb2! Rxc2 24.Rxc2 Rxc2 25.Qxf5 Nxf5 26.Nc4 Bf6 27.Rd1 Bd8.

Stockfish's 2nd choice for White: (-.42) (40 ply) 23.Qxf5 Nxf5 24.Nb2 d3 25.Nxd3 h6.

Stockfish's 3rd choice was played by Tarrasch: (-1.26) (39 ply) 23.Re4?, with 23...Nd5! 24.h3 h5 25.Kf1 Rc6 26.Nb2 Nc3 indicated as the best continuation.

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