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Alexander Alekhine vs Erich Eliskases
Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-2 (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 5, Aug-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  1-0



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May-23-06  Runemaster: A very smooth game. Alekhine seems happy to exchange pieces, but by combining threats with his queen and rook, he reaches a winning endgame.
Aug-03-07  sanyas: Why not 32...Kg7? Better than a lost ending, at any rate.
Oct-15-08  chocobonbon: <Runemaster>Agree. Your collection of Alekhine's later period is great. My first book on Alekhine was the Alexander book in HB. I once considered it a poor relation to Alekhine's own books but as for the games themselves I now find his later productions most enjoyable. He was an artist to the end.
Oct-15-08  Chessdreamer: The game score appears to be in error after 43.g4;
43... Kf8 44.g5 Kg8 45.Kg3 Ra1 46.Kg4 Rg1+ 47.Kf5 Rg2 48.f4 a2 49.Kf6 1-0.

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  ray keene: alekhine was a quick and effective learner-compare this game with botvinnik v alekhine avro 1938 which i analyse in todays chess column in the times. alekhine lost to botvinnik and soon after he wins a very similar game against eliskases, employing the selfsame botvinnik strategy against which he had lost.
Nov-29-16  tigreton: Yes, the strategy is the same Alekhine suffered in that game against Botvinnik. The pawn structure is symetrical, so the key is to keep a constant pressure to take advantage of the more active pieces and not to lose the iniciative. Alekhine creates threats all along the game, on b7, d5, f7, the enemy ranks... He is always ahead.
Apr-26-20  Erik Erikhine: I came here from Mihail Marin's "Learn from the Legends." He has the move 28. Qe3 not 28. Qd3 as played above. It's an interesting discrepancy because his book then has a page of analysis based on the queen's position on e3 with full control of the e-file.
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Alekhine creates and sustains pressure, which Eliskases is not able to resist. Here, if 23 Qd3+ immediately Black can defend with 23..Qg6 24 Qe3 Rc7 (the pawn grab 24..Qb1+ 25 Kg2 Qxa2? loses to 26 Qd3+ g6 27 Qe3 threat Qe5 +-). Hence Alekhine first goes 23 h4! with the simple idea of h5 and then Qd3+. And after 23..a6 he went 24 Qe2 dominating the e-file and inviting Black to weaken his position.

After 24..Rd8 there was the option to exchange into a favourable ending but Alekhine plays for more. In the game, 25 Re7 Rd7 26 Re5 g6 left White with both e-file control and a weakened Kingside plus targets on d5 and b7 to aim for. Maybe Eliskases could have tried 26..Qb4 27 Qg4 Rd8 but after 27 b3 Alekhine has more space and greater piece activity, plus his King is far safer.

Aug-16-21  tbontb: White maintains a nagging plus throughout yet Alekhine himself admits that 32....Rb5 is a bad mistake under pressure, probably overlooking White's 34th move. After 32....Kg8 instead he suggests 33.Rf4 but then 33....Rb5 seems a good answer leading to equality.

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