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Alexander Alekhine vs Andre Muffang
Training match (1923), Paris FRA, rd 1, Feb-20
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tarrasch Defense. Pseudo-Tarrasch (D30)  ·  1-0

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Sep-19-06
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  Mateo: According to Alekhine, if Muffang would have played 25... Nxe4, then 26. Bxe4 dxe4 27. Qb6 with an easy win for White! But after 27... Qf5, where is White's easy win? There is no forced variation. From the positional point of view, White has a better pawn structure (a queen side majority vs weak pawns on the Black side) but he has to defend f2 and both Black's Queen and Rook are very well placed. It seems to me that 25... Nb5? was the losing move and that 25... Nxe4 provides good hopes of a a draw.
Sep-19-06  ikipemiko: i think you're right . The only thing i saw is that the b7 pawn can be taken with check and the white queen can return do b6 do defend f2. a2 and b2 are conected passed pawn but still there's a lot to play in the game. Nb5 loses quickly (maybe forced)
Sep-19-06
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  Mateo: <ikipemiko> If you meant the variation 26. Bxe4 dxe4 27. Qb6 Qf5 28. Rd8+ Kf7 29. Qxb7+ Kg6 30. Qb6, then 30... Rc1+ 31. Kg2 Qf3+ 32. Kh3 Qh5+ 33. Kg2 Qf3+, it will be soon draw by repetition.
Sep-19-06  ikipemiko: no, i didn't mean that. My mistake, i thought of checking with the queen on the 8th hoizontal and then taking the pawn again with check but that's impossible(in case of Qb6)
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