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Alexander Alekhine vs Vasja Pirc
Ljubljana blitz (1930) (blitz), Ljubljana YUG, Dec-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: General (E20)  ·  0-1



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Jun-06-03  drukenknight: a madcap Nimzo indian played at blitz, Alekhine must have run out of time cause the pawn looks blocked. Alek. missed a check there on: 34...Qe6+
Jun-06-03  Cyphelium: drukenknight> This position is a thematic win for black. See: 49. Kd2 Rh1 50. Rxa2 Rh2+ 51. Kc3 Rxa2.
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  Honza Cervenka: <drukenknight> White is lost. Black threatens to play Rh1 with intention RxP Rh2+ with next RxR. If white King moves from the second line, then black Rook gives a check with queening the Pawn in next move.
Jun-06-03  Cyphelium: <high-fives Honza Cervenka>
Jun-06-03  drukenknight: cyph I dont get your line, why not 50 Kc2 in there?
Jun-06-03  skakmiv: How can you write down the moves, when you are playing blitz?
Jun-06-03  refutor: you have to remember's not hard to do, especially for a guy like alekhine who could perform blindfold simuls
Jun-09-03  Cyphelium: drukenknight> 50. Kc2 a1Q 51. Rxa1 Rxa1 - +
Jun-10-03  drukenknight: your line looks good cyph, what if we start: 49 g5?
Jun-10-03  suenteus po 147: 49...hxg5 50.fxg5 Rg1. If 51.Rxa2 Rg2+ skewering the king. If anything else, like 51.Kf3 for example to protect the threatened pawn, then 51...a1/=Q 52.Rxa1 Rxa1 and you've still lost.
Jun-11-03  drukenknight: I think 50 f5 would be better in that line. w/ 50 fxg5 trading off the material and insuring that the f pawn can never queen does not sound very compelling.
Jun-11-03  suenteus po 147: I suppose 50.f5 would be a better play if you got past the loss of your rook, but unfortunately you still face 50...Rg1 51...a1/=Q 52.Rxa1 Rxa1 - +
May-19-04  Reti Incarnate: I'd say White's screwed. Straight win for black, unless he blunders his rook.
Oct-04-15  TheFocus: From a quick-play tournament won by Alekhine in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia on December 12, 1930.

Alekhine shared first place with Pirc, who won their individual game.

See <Sahovski Glasnik 1931>, pg. 133.

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