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Alexander Alekhine vs Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
Hastings (1933/34), Hastings ENG, rd 5, Jan-01
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-29-04  Shams: unlikely that black missed mate in 1 on his 26th move...I wonder what the correct game score is?
Oct-29-04  WMD: 26...Rxh2# would be an illegal move.
Oct-29-04  Shams: right. idiot!
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  Calli: An excellent game by Alexander ouplaying AA with Qb5! and a5. Very nice. Unfortunately his 27...Rd2 loses a tempo. 27...Nd4 seems to win.
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  perfidious: In one of his books, Alexander noted that '[he was never] less tired by a hard game'; while he never stated specifically which of his encounters with Alekhine fit the bill, this one looks about right.
Jan-17-15  Albion 1959: Move 27, Alexander should have played Nd4! instead of Rd2? Because the knight would have kept the rook out of the g7 square which was important for Alekhine to gain counterplay: 27.Kxg1 Nd4!
28.Rg3+ Kh8
29.Rg7 Ne6!
30.Rg3 h6
white has nothing here and with a two pawn advantage black has good chances of a win !!
Jan-17-15  Albion 1959: I had another look at this game. I was unware of the Calli entry to this page. As for the final position, I thought that maybe Alexander could have tried for a win on move 33 with h5, since he always has a safe draw in hand by perpetual check with the rook & knight if needs it: 33. Kf1 h5!?
34. Rf8+ Kh7
35. Rf7+ Kh6
36. Rg7 Ne5
36. f7 Nxf7
38. Rxf7 Kg6 With black three pawns against the bishop, this should lead to an eventual draw? 33. Kf1 h5!?
34. Rg7 b5
35. f7 Nh2+
Black must now take the draw here !!
So it would appear that the final position was drawn after all. Though when I used to play club chess, I tended to play on for a few more moves, just to see what would happen, even in seemingly dead draws. As Fischer once said "These positions have to be played out". This was still an interesting game to look at with lively piece play !!
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  perfidious: It seems my surmise of over four years ago was not quite correct: C H Alexander vs Alekhine, 1938 was the game to which Alexander referred.

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