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Alexander Alekhine vs Savielly Tartakower
Paris (1933), Paris FRA, rd 7, Oct-25
Alekhine Defense: Normal Variation (B02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-28-03  d4Nf6Bg5: is tartakower trying to employ a pyschological trick by playing the alekhine against alekhine?
Dec-29-03  Resignation Trap: I don't think that it was so much a psychological trick as it was an expression of his unique sense of humor.
Dec-29-03  fred lennox: Using this defense is consistent with Tartakower who "never replies to d4 with d5 or e4 with e5". Also he would consider using any opening if the reputation was bad enough.
Jan-19-05  r7justin: It is interesting to see, though, how alekhine responds to his namesake defense. He doesn't seem to be able to achieve any sort of advantageous positioning - after 9 Bg5 the board is a very volitile environment and neither side is able to come away with the upper hand.
Jan-19-05  r7justin: still, Alekhine's record against Tartakower is a mighty 10-2 w/ 14 draws. Its ironic that one of those draws began with B02.
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  Calli: Alekhine, in fact, rarely played the defense named after him. Only a dozen times or so.
Jan-21-05  r7justin: more than a dozen - at least more than a dozen - look up Alekhine as black using alekhine defense ... something like 20 in cgamesdotccom. Alekhine does very well with his own defense:
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  Calli: <more than a dozen - at least more than a dozen >

The link lists 18 games but one is duplicate (Thomas) and another is a simul (Jones). 16 master level games in a career with as many games as Alekhine is a rare opening. He probably played 16 Philidor defenses too.

Thanks for looking that up because the list shows he mainly played it against lower opponents. Early on, he tried it against Bogo and Maroczy, but after that only Nimzo among the top players. Alekhine apparently thought it was a suitable psychological weapon against Nimzowitsch. Interesting!

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  Calli: Tartakower actually did beat Alekhine with this defense. Alekhine/DeGosseli vs Tartakower, 1933
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