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Alexander Alekhine vs Jan Foltys
"Foltys' Follies" (game of the day Jun-14-2005)
Margate (1937), Margate ENG, rd 6, Apr-06
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Vitolins Variation (B62)  ·  1-0



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Jun-14-05  Counterpoint: I like very much how Alekhine attacks the unprotected queenside with 29. c4!, 30. c5 etc.
Jun-14-05  chessfreako: Very nice queensac by Alekhine
Jun-14-05  laskerdog: <chessfreako> This is not a queensac though. When the rook on g5 leaves its position, white can grab the pawn (h6), because the cavallery will fork K/Q, all moves forced.
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  jahhaj: I can't believe that Alekhine ever played in Margate! It's the armpit of England.

Mind you, Hastings is not much better.

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  offramp: There's a hell of a lot of games in the database played in - of all places - Haringey!
Jun-14-05  DanRoss53: Great performance by Alekhine! Perhaps an even more devistating ending would have been 40. ♖d1! <with the continuation> 40... f5 41. ♖xd3 ♖xe6 42. ♘g5+ ♗xg5 43. ♖xe6 -- but at that point, as Fritz says, it's all a matter of style.
Jun-14-05  Ezzy: I admire the way Alekhine noticed the weakness of blacks e6 pawn, and went after it in big style!

16.Rf2 <Black was threatening 16..Bg5 17 Rf2 Be3.>

27.b3 <Such a small move, but the black queen has only 1 move. Alekhine now bases all his strategy with the plan of winning blacks weak e pawn!> 27...Qc8 <Only move. If 27..Qc7 28 Bxg5 and 29 Nxe6>. 28.Na4 <Heading for b6, and when the queen moves, the 'e' pawn goes, and probably the game>. 28...Bd8?! <28... b5 is probably the best way to defend b6, because if now 29 Nb6 Qb7 with advantage to black. So after 29...b5 30 Nb2 and black has discouraged c4 for white, also whites knight has been forced back.>

34.Ncxe6 Rg3? <Fall asleep for 1 second and you get punished!!> 35 Qxh6+

Jun-14-05  lipschutz: Both of today's games included the theme of moving the pawn on c5 because that square could be better utilised by a Knight: Alekhine's 32nd & Smyslov's 35th move.
Jun-14-05  ranchogrande: so 34.- Rg3 was a "Foltys Tower" ?
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  patzer2: Alekhine demonstrates his strong positional chess skills in this well played game, capping it off with a pair of neat tactical shots (32. c6! and 35. Qxh6!).

The clearance move 32. c6! gives Alekhine a strong post for his Knight on c5, with what appears to be a positionally won game. Black's strongest reply here is 32...Nxc6, but it may not be enought to draw if this move-by-move analysis, averaging around 15 depth, with Fritz 8 is any indicator:

[If 32...Nxc6 33. Nc5 Qc8 34. Ndxe6 Re5 35. Qf4 d4 36. Nxd8 Rxc5 37. Nxc6 Qxc6 38. Qxf6 Qxf6 39. Rxf6 Rd8 40. Rd2 Kg7 41. Rf4 b5 42. e5 Rxe5 43. Rfxd4 Rxd4 44. Rxd4 Re2 45. a4 Re3 46. axb5 axb5 47. Rb4 Re5 48. g3 h5 49. Kg2 Kg6 50. Kf3 Rc5 51. Ke3 Rg5 52. g4 Rc5 53. Kf4 hxg4 54. hxg4 Rd5 55. Re4 Kf6 56. b4 Rd2 (56... Rg5 ?? 57. Re6+ ) 57. g5+ Kg6 58. Re6+ Kf7 59. Re5 Rd4+ 60. Re4 Rd1 61. Kf5 Rf1+ 62. Rf4 Rd1 63. Ke5+ Kg6 64. Rd4 Rc1 65. Rd5 Kxg5 66. Kd6+ Kf6 67. Rxb5 ]

Finishing with a flourish, Alekhine's 35. Qxh6+! utilizes a Knight Fork to win a pawn and simplify to a won endgame.

Jun-14-05  MatrixManNe0: Someone tell me what 16... 0-0 was about. That looks like an absolutely horrible move.
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  kevin86: Alekhine's horses rule the day!!
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  OhioChessFan: Someone tell me what 16... 0-0 was about. That looks like an absolutely horrible move. <Matrix>, I agree. When playing the game over, I was stunned when that move came up.
Jun-14-05  Knight13: <Someone tell me what 16... 0-0 was about.> I think is about defending the f7 pawn(and bringing the rook into the game, but I'm not sure), but it does look terrible indeed. 16... Rf8 might have been better.
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  Calli: 16... 0-0! is excellent. After 19...Qc4, it is clear that White has failed to exploit a bad opening by black (g4-gxf4). Foltys only needed to continue normally with Rc8, b5 etc on the Qside. Instead, he became fascinated with the g-file.
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  OhioChessFan: <Calli>, What did 0-0 accomplish? White wasn't ready to take the f pawn yet, as evidenced by the retreat of the rook to f2. Therefore, the Rook stood guard at f8 over a pawn White didn't want. The h pawn was attacked and Black had to lose a tempo with Kg6 instead of the h8 rook still being there and moving the knight moving to g5, which he did anyway. How about 16....0-0-0 and Kb8 followed by the Rc8 you suggested?
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  OhioChessFan: I should have said 16...f6 and then 0-0-0 in the above post. White would exchange Biship for Knight and the f7 pawn falls otherwise.
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  Calli: 16...f6 17.Bh5+ doesn't look like a good position. If black plays 0-0-0 alekhine is already for Bxa6 in many positions. I like 0-0 because it calls White's bluff. He doesn't really have an attack. Foltys loses because of later errors, I think.
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  OhioChessFan: 16...f6 17.Bh5+ doesn't look like a good position. If black plays 0-0-0 alekhine is already for Bxa6 in many positions. I like 0-0 because it calls White's bluff. He doesn't really have an attack. Foltys loses because of later errors, I think.

I missed Bh5+. That got me to trying lines with Ng5 and eventually f6 and 0-0-0, but that might be too slow. Bxa6 looks powerful.

Aug-04-05  jamesmaskell: Margate's not that bad jahhaj. I live there!
Dec-12-05  AJMDavies: I love this game, if only for the quote Alekine gives after 12...g5:

"Bold and effective, for black secures herewith, and one may say until the end of the game, the powerful square e5 for his knight. It is interesting to note that this move-solely because Black actually lost-has been completely misjudged by the critics. For instance, one of the most famous modern annotators writes the following: "This move has chiefly a psychological value, because, as it is known that Alekine does not like defensive positions, there was but little that he would choose the variation 13.fxg,hxg 14.Bxg4,d5! 15.h3,etc." I confess that i did not accept the Pawn-offer quite independently of a would-be distaste for defensive play, but because I actually do not like to be mated-and this unpleasantness would most likely occur after 15...Rxh3!etc. ...An ungrateful thing, these excursions into another master's psychology!"


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  norami: That sort of thing happens all the time. They'll be broadcasting a game between two of the best players in the world and somebody will kibitz something like, "Oh, no, he made a cowardly move, he's afraid of his opponent", and I'll think, yeah, right, if you're that good how come you're not World Champion?
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