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Vasja Pirc vs Alexander Alekhine
Bled (1931), Bled YUG, rd 7, Aug-31
Tarrasch Defense: Schara Gambit (D32)  ·  0-1



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Jan-05-04  humblespirit: Unrelenting onslaught. Vintage Alekhine.
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  nionios: Regarding opening theory the safest way to play against the von Henig-Schara gambit is to play 8.e3 followed by Nf3,Be2 and O-O.This is the safest way to treat this opening and ensures an advantage for white.The move 8.Bg5 is by no means bad,not even dubious,but 8.e3 is marginally better.Furthermore after 9...h6 again marginally better is 10.Bh4 instead of 10.Bxf6.This because white must not allow white to develop furthermore(after 10...Qxf6 the queen is developed without loss of time).Though,even after 10.Bxf6 white still has chances for an advantage.Finally the important mistake was in white's 12th move (12.O-O-O?).To secure an advantage white should have played 12.Nd5.This is the mistake that allowed Alekhine to play the sac 13...Rxd5 followed by the brilliant 14...Ba3.After this it was typical aggressive Alekhine,finishing the game in a nice tactical style(e.g. if 25.Kb4 then 25...Qd2+!26.Kb4 b6+ 27.Kb5 Qa5#)
Jul-25-15  ToTheDeath: A nice miniature. Don't EVER give Alekhine a lead in development.
Jul-25-15  saturn2: @nionios: Though,even after 10.Bxf6 white still has chances for an advantage.

I am not sure about that. Black has for the pawn the bishop pair and already better development.

@nionios: To secure an advantage white should have played 12.Nd5.

Also not so sure about that. After for example: 12 ..Qg6 followed by 13..Be6 the knight on d5 gets into a nasty pin.

Jul-25-15  morfishine: Pirc never did catch up in this Coffee-House type game: "Pirc-o-late"

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