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Edgar Colle vs Alexander Alekhine
Hastings (1925/26), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-30
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Alekhine Variation (D38)  ·  0-1



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May-11-06  Whitehat1963: Colle looks simply incompetant here against Alekhine.
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  wwall: 24.Qc5 looks weak. Perhaps 24.Kf1 or 24.g4.

After 24.Qc5 Qxc5+ 25.bxc5 Alekhine played 25...Nd7. Why not just 25...Rd1 26.Kf1 (26.Rxd1?? Rxd1+ 27.Kf2 Rxc1) R8d3, then Nd7.

26.Be3 looks like the losing move, but what else? Black threatens ...Nxc5. Perhaps 26.Bf4 Nxc5 27.Bxc7, but now Black has 27...Rd1, and if 28.Bxd8??, then 28...Rxe1+ 29.Kf2 Nd3 mate. After 28.Ra1, then 28...Rxe1 29.Rxe1 Rd7 and 30...Na4.

Instead of 27.Bd4? and allowing the fork of the rooks, perhaps best is 27.cxb4 Rxa3, but Black is up too much material.

After 29...Nxc5, Black wins if 30.Bxc5 Rd1+ 31.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 32.Kf2 Rxh1 and 33...Rxh2

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  plang: 6 Ne5 is very slow - Black gets a clear advantage in development. After 11 bxc Alekhine thought Black was clearly better with White being behind in development and having a weak d3 square. 13 Bxc4..Qg4 would have been dismal for White but he could have tried 13 Qb5 maintaining material equality though with a clearly worse position.

Alekhine after 22 f3:
"Fully adequate was 22..Rxf3 23 Bxf3..Qxf3 after which Black wins the e4 pawn, and then the game. But my aesthetic feeling would not let me relieve the opponent of such a dreadful bishop."

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