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Alexander Alekhine vs Paul Keres
Olympiad (1935), Warsaw POL, rd 2, Aug-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-04  firn: Why did Keres resign here?
Feb-28-04  Hidden Skillz: on move 36 keres wanted Rd8..forcing the white rook to eat it n becoming a new queen..but dat was resolved by the white bishop..from there on black would lose pawn after pawn..
Sep-03-04  InspiredByMorphy: <firn> Between 36.Nf6 being threatened, the loose pawns on c5 and e2, and white having two minor pieces and a rook to blacks rooks, the advantage of whites seems too strong.
Nov-03-04  Bobak Zahmat: 29.Rxc5 is a great move. Very nice game with bold sides sharp tactics.
May-07-07  notyetagm: Position after 28 ... ♖c8-e8?:

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Alekhine now wins material with 29 ♖c1x♘c5!, a combination based on the following tactical points

<1) A DEFENDER WHOSE GUARD CAN BE REMOVED DOES NOT COUNT AS A DEFENDER AT ALL> Since the Black c5-knight which <DEFENDS> the Black b7-queen can be captured (29 ♖c1x♘c5!), the Black queen is effectively <UNDEFENDED> and lined up with the White f3-queen on the a8-h1 diagonal

<2) BLOCKADERS DO NOT DEFEND, THEY ONLY BLOCKADE> Black d6-pawn must <BLOCKADE> the White d5-pawn to prevent the <DISCOVERED ATTACK> d5-d6 so it cannot leave the <BLOCKADING> d6-square and hence cannot <DEFEND> either c5 or e5

<3) ZWISCHENSCHACH (IN-BETWEEN CHECK)> After 30 ... ♕b7x♕f3 White does not immediately recapture the queen but instead first interpolates 31 d6x♗e7+ ♖e8xe7, winning a piece for his pawn, and only -then- does he recapture the queen with 32 ♘d2x♕f3

The result of this beautiful <petite combinaison> is that White wins two pieces for a rook and a pawn, a material advantage that Alekhine converts into a win.

29 ♖c1x♘c5! <remove the guard> d6x♖c5 <blockaders do not defend> 30 d5-d6 <discovered attack> ♕b7x♕f3 31 d6x♗e7+ <zwischenschach> ♖e8xe7 32 ♘d2x♕f3

Position after 32 ♘d2x♕f3 :

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Feb-08-10  jmboutiere: firn: Why did Keres resign here?
I believe that after f6 and Rxe2 the position of the black king and rooks is very bad
Apr-27-11  SetNoEscapeOn: < jmboutiere: firn: Why did Keres resign here? I believe that after f6 and Rxe2 the position of the black king and rooks is very bad>

Yes, and more importantly he's already down the equivalent of two pawns. A rook can sometimes fight against two minor pieces if there are a lot of pawn weaknesses to attack and open files. A position like this (with a healthy pawn structure and lots of roles for the minor pieces) would be child's play for AA to convert.

Oct-31-11  JIRKA KADLEC: 29.Rxc5?! dxc5 30. d6 Qxf3 31.dxe7+ Rxe7 32.Nxf3 Kg7!= ( 29.Ne4! Bxe4 30.Bxe4 )
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Warsaw Olympiad 1935>

<Alekhine> played first board for France, garnering the Silver Medal behind <Flohr>.

Jan-26-14  GREYSTRIPE: For the Spanish-Game-Morphy, Alekhine made sure and certain captures-of-squares. No sudden movements but rather the intelligence-quotient of masterfully enacted chess-pieces-of-note forthed. The 3N2 is solid. The Knights held for Bishops-play. The Queen factored for squares, and the opponent tipped their king. Alekhine is a Grandmaster of Note and is to be respected for his checkmates and style of play with the unexpected capture of a piece N5-E5 gains and Centers which no opposer can see coming. Alekhine is true to the strength of chess and its chess-play-squares-plays.
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