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Alexander Alekhine vs Maurice Fox
Bradley Beach (1929), Bradley Beach, NJ USA, rd 2, Jun-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated (E24)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: This was Alekhine's second serious game as World Champion, he had won the first, Alekhine vs I Turover, 1929 in 80 moves, and with some luck. He wasn't doing particularly well here:

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and with 51...Nd4 black would have no problems and might have had some chances with his outside passed pawn.

Instead he played 51...Rd5? and after 52.Nb3 white suddenly had mating threats!

Alekhine went on to win the Bradley Beach tournament with +8 =1 (drawing against Abraham Kupchik.)

Apr-05-06  letekro: Hey <offramp> I answered your question on the 2006 US Championship page, in case you're still looking for an answer.
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  Calli: When Alekhine plays 43.Ke4?! Fox can obviously play 43...Nxf4 and its a easy draw after 44.Kxf4 Rxd2 45.Rb1. So did Fox reject this line and try for a win?
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  offramp: I think Fox was trying to when. He may have thought about when his next chance to play a world champion would be.

Thanks, <letekro>, by the way!

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  vonKrolock: The game was clearly drawn on more than one way - in the end, Fox was simply outfoxed...

for instance, after <44.♔e3> now 44...♘d5+! 45.♔e2!? otherwise a threefold repetition, or the line showed above by <Calli>, and now 45...♘c3+ 46.♔e1?! is the only way to avoid the ▢ draw, but now 46...♖d3!

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And black's who in position for a winning attempt (weaknesses 'f4' and 'g2' etc)- a curious point if 47.♖f2? b4-b3!! etc, so maybe 47.♘b3! etc and white can still hold.

Later, when Alekhine played <73.♔xh5> It's a nalimov-tablebase draw, so everyone can trace where Fox erred

May-18-09  WhiteRook48: and Fox has a plus score against Fischer!
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  wwall: 79...Ng6? is the losing move. Black draws with 79...Kg6.
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