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Alexander Alekhine vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
Hastings (1925/26), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Jan-01
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Mar-05-03  drukenknight: More French Exchange, w/ Alekhine. Yates manages to get through the opening in fine shape and then proceeds to play the endgame like a duffer. Connecting your opponents pawns when ahead in material is not advised.

In the opening, Alekhine leaves his Q "loose" on h4 so isnt 17...d5 to be recommended?

Sep-06-03  zorro: Well, to say the truth 5...Nf6 looks dubious to me. I think that the Nc6-Nge7 set-up would have been more appropriated: u put pressure on d4 so as to be able to play ...Bf5 before White plays Ng3, e. g. 5...Nc6 6. Nge2 Nge7 7. 0-0 Bf5 and Black is in more good shape than in the game. After the exchange of Queens White is better, in my opinion, still Black's play is too passive. I would have considered the immediate break 19...f6; or else 19...Be6 intending 20...c5 (or ...b6 followed by ...c5 in case White played b4), but playing 19...Re8 without following up with a pawn break is pointless to me. 24...Nc5 is also wrong: u shouldn't want to give away ur best minor piece. What about 24...Ng7 intending ...Bf5? 31...Nxd3 is the final error, after wich game seems over.
Aug-08-09  epiglottis5: I just read GM Timman's modern perspective on this game in a recent "New in Chess" issue. According to him, 24...Nc5 is a fine move providing a good square for the knight, and 27...h5? and 31...Nxd3? are mistakes.
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  plang: Timman is sceptical of 21 b4 and 24 b5 and says Black is at least equal after 24..Nc5. Black could have maintained a small edge with 27..g5 aiming to open the g-file. With 31..f6 the position would have been equal; instead after exchanging his strong knight Black's position goes downhill.
May-29-15  Howard: What "recent" issue of NIC was this game in ?
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  plang: 2009 #4
Mar-04-17  Saniyat24: What a strong pawn chain Alekhine had after his move 36.hg5...!
Nov-13-17  cormier: 1) =0.00 (36 ply) 8.h3 Nbd7 9.Ng3 Nf8 10.Qf3 h6 11.Bf4 c6 12.Be5 N8d7 13.Bf4 Nf8

2) =0.00 (36 ply) 8.a3 Be7 9.Re1 Nbd7 10.Ng3 Nf8 11.Nce2 c6 12.c3 c5 13.Nf5 c4 14.Nxe7+ Rxe7 15.Bc2 Bd7 16.Bg5 Qb6 17.Nf4 Rxe1+ 18.Qxe1 Qxb2 19.Bxf6 Qxc2 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Qe5+ Kh6 22.Qh5+ Kg7 23.Qe5+

3) -0.01 (35 ply) 8.Bf4 Bg4 9.f3 Be6 10.Nb5 Ba5 11.c3 Nh5 12.Na3 Nxf4 13.Nxf4 Nd7 14.Nxe6 Rxe6 15.Nc2 c6 16.Qd2 Qf6 17.f4 Rae8 18.g3 Bc7 19.Rae1 a6 20.Rxe6 Rxe6 21.Re1 Rxe1+ 22.Qxe1 Qd8 23.Qf2 Nf6 24.Ne3 g6 25.f5 Qd6 26.Kg2 Qd8 27.fxg6 hxg6

60.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Dec-23-17  Count von Twothree: Whilst 34...g5 does indeed lose, instead 34...gxf5 might draw, contrary to Alekhine's annotation that "34...gxf5 35.Nf4 would clearly be fatal." After 35...Bc6 36.Nxh5 Kf8, it is not at all obvious why Black should lose this endgame. Black's protected passed c-pawn is just as dangerous as White's passed h-pawn.
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