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Alexander Alekhine vs Victor Leonard Wahltuch
Hastings (1925/26), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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May-13-09  Poisonpawns: Amazingly strong 24.Nd6!,Note the Re8 cannot be moved without loss of material after 25.Bxd5.
Jul-30-13  ProjectF: What a strange could alekhine think about it?
May-19-15  PaulMeysman: After 24.Nd6 Rd8 25.NxB RxB 26.BxN
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  fredthebear: <PaulMeysman: After 24.Nd6 Rd8 25.NxB RxB 26.BxN>

Agreed! After the White knight captures the bishop on the back row and the Black rook recaptures to the c-file, Black's "protective" pawns on c6 and e6 are pinned, allowing 26.BxNd5 as you suggest, free for the taking.

Alekhine had a tremendous eye for such tactics, particularly for captures and re-captures that re-arranged the position, ripe for the plucking.

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  sachistu: The Yugoslav magazine Sahovski Glasnik, 1926, p12 gives the typo (23...Qf6?) then 24.Nd6! and Black resigns. This is followed by the line discussed by <PaulMeysman> and <fredthebear>, which hardly seems convincing.

However, in the 'correct' version (23...Rf6?) that line makes perfect sense.

The version given here matches multiple English newspapers, and Skinner & Verhoeven's book of Alekhine's games.

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