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Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov
Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934), Bayreuth GER, rd 16, May-13
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Bayreuth Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Alekhine was brilliant at those long combinations. This one seems to run from move 27 to 35.
Dec-08-05  notyetagm: You are right about that, <offramp>. This combination often appears in puzzle books right before White's 32nd move as White To Play And Win but entirely misses the buildup to this position.

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32 ? White To Play And Win

Solution: 32 ♖xd5! cxd5 33 ♖f8+ ♔c7 34 ♖f7+ and the pawn queens if 34 ... ♖xf7 35 exf7 so Black must play what Bogoljubov played 34 ... ♔d6 35 ♖xg7 ♔xe6 and White has an easily won endgame up a whole exchange.

Dec-08-05  notyetagm: Alekhine tactically simplifies the position to a trivially winning king and pawn endgame when he finishes this game with

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White To Play And Win Easily

Solution: 42 ♖e6+! ♔xe6 43 ♔xe4 results in a simple king and pawn endgame win

Dec-08-05  notyetagm: Alekhine puts on a clinic in how to win the endgame an exchange up: use the greater mobility of the ♖ versus the ♘ to create an outside passed pawn (39 ♖xa6), then give back the exchange to simpilfy to a trivial king and pawn endgame win (42 ♖e6+! ♔xe6 43 ♔xe4).

Alekhine makes it look easy.

Aug-12-07  sanyas: 29...c3! was necessary
Mar-14-08  Knight13: Chigorin would really appreciate this kind of knight use by Alekhine.
Apr-22-10  micartouse: From My Best Games of Chess, 1924-1937, Alekhine's comments after move 5:

<As a matter of fact, I chose in this game the exchange variation of the Lopez chiefly because, although playing with the White pieces, I did not cherish any particular ambitions; as a consequence of the match arrangements I had spent the whole previous night in travelling by car from Munich to Bayreuth and felt hardly fit for intensive mental work.>

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