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Alexander Alekhine vs Miklos Konyovits
Simul, 34b (1930) (exhibition), Sombor YUG, Dec-26
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit (B20)  ·  1-0



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Feb-18-05  siu02jm: what happens after 28..b6 instead of b5 guys?
seems has no defence against g4, so one thing is viable, counter attack.
Feb-19-05  Calli: 28...b6 then 29.Nf3 wins the b pawn. A better try might be 29...Rf6.
Mar-20-06  goldenbear: Wow. This is an incredible game! I don't have a computer but if I did I don't think it would recommend 8.a4! That is the kind of move that really gets to the heart of Alekhine's genius. Its the only move, in that its the only move that forces the exchange of Black's light-bishop, which, if kept on the board, would doom White's entire strategy.
Mar-20-06  goldenbear: I should have said "only tactically feasible way of exchanging the light-bishops".
Mar-20-06  goldenbear: <Calli> Rf6 is the best try but is also lost. The point is that there is no defnse against g4, so White just plays Qh7.
Mar-20-06  goldenbear: In fact, this is really the point of all Wing Gambits, at least the way I play them (and the Wing Gambit is all I play against the Sicilian). White tries to prove that there is no defense against the timely advance of the g-pawn.
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  playground player: <goldenbear> Glad to find another Wing Gambit enthusiast. My Wing Gambit has been coming up short lately, and there's a Sicilian fan in my chess club who insists the gambit is just not sound and will lose every time to a properly prepared Black player. What are your thoughts on the matter?
Oct-14-07  Calli: "point is that there is no defnse against g4, so White just plays Qh7."

White cannot play g4 after Rf6. 29...Rf6 30.Kh7 Kd6 31.g4?? would lose to 31...Ng3

Nov-26-08  The Rocket: "Wow. This is an incredible game! I don't have a computer but if I did I don't think it would recommend 8.a4! "

Chessmaster gm recommends it in its analyzis..

Anyway great game by Alekhine! fun to see him win with an opening nowdays concidered to be weak saying that white gets nothing! for the pawn sack.

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  ToTheDeath: This is a pretty bad game... Alekhine was simply stronger than his opponent.

8...b3! (returning the pawn but getting the b4 square for his pieces and opening the c- file) 9.cxb3 Bb4+ 10.Nbd2 Nge7 when Black has a superior game- Black can control the c-file (Rc1....Ba3) and pressure d4 with moves like Bg4, Nf5 etc.

Black didn't need to play 16...f5 either- simply castles and he is fine. White has no "attack" whatsoever.

Oct-04-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous clock exhibition at Sombor, Yugoslavia on December 26, 1931.

Alekhine scored +30=4-0.

See <Sahovski Glasnik 1931>, pg. 147.

May-07-16  SimplicityRichard: From what I can assess with Stockfish 7, the Wing Gambit is not the best way to fight for an opening advantage with White pieces. If Black holds on to the pawn and at the same time completes his/her development, then White will be fighting for a draw.

I have to agree with <ToTheDeath> that Alekhine won due to his superiority as a player; Alekhine played the game weakly..... a4 was a losing move according to Stockfish.#

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