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Alexander Alekhine vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 4, Sep-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Attack (D64)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-19-05
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  offramp: Perfectly symmetrical at move 35.


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Dec-19-05  pawntificator: And perfectly symmetrical at move 39 too.
Dec-19-05
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  offramp: And at move 1.
Dec-19-05  lopium: But it is at black to move. It means, at move 1, the white's advantage was lost and given to black at move 39 (the tempo). Too little advantage, not enough to win here. Nice.
Jan-31-06
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  offramp: 47...e4+ might have set white some problems, even in this arid ending. It is hard to believe Alekhine wouldn't have drawn in the end though.
Jan-31-06  szunzein: These two guys were very good at boring games. I never understud why Capablanca never played 1-e4 again in this match
Jan-31-06
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  plang: That is a flaw with the "draws don't count" format. Risks are discouraged.
Mar-02-06
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  johnwgoes: <offramp> e4 seems better than the game continuation, followed by g4. Does anyone see a way for black to draw this ending?
Dec-25-07
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  whiteshark: And at move 34


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Dec-25-07
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  whiteshark: Black could have complicated the ♘endgame by playing <44...g5>


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But I can't recall where I've seen the analysis. Maybe done by Hübner?

Mar-03-08  Knight13: <Black could have complicated the endgame by playing <44...g5> > Yeah, that seems better. But I see in your diagram White didn't even make a pawn move; is he really just gonna sit there and let black set up that stuff or he can't because it creates weakness or whatever?
Jan-06-09
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  maxi: Alekhine points out in <On the Road to the World Championship>, that Black could have gotten into trouble with 20...Nxe4? 21.Rxc5 Rxc5 22.b4, attacking the pinned Black Rook.
Feb-23-12  The Curious Emblem: 13. Ba2 with an eventual plan of possibly playing d5 (but of course Black doesn't allow it) and also covering the c4 square in case of ... Nb6-c4, eyeing the d-5 square, and also leaving the Queen a square on e2. A good multi-purpose move!

I wonder how it would have turned out if Black played 18... b4. It would've been adventurous.

Instead of whatever other moves they could have played, they chose all the moves that were rock solid, ending with a draw that seems logical and natural.

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