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Efim Bogoljubov vs Savielly Tartakower
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 15, Apr-06
Dutch Defense: Stonewall. Modern Variation (A90)  ·  1-0



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  Peligroso Patzer: After Tartakower’s <4. … d5>, Alekhine gives the following comment:

“This variation has been tried out repeatedly by Dr. Tartakower with intermittent success. Its sole advantage is that it renders Black’s position difficult of access; its disadvantages, on the other hand (condemning the queen’s bishop to passivity and weakening the black squares in a manner hardly to be remedied), are much more weighty. More alluring appears to be 4. Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bxd2+ 6. Qxd2 Nc6, followed by … 0-0 and, eventually, … d5 and … Bd7.”

source: <New York 1924>, by Alekhine Alexander, Russell Enterprises, Inc. ©2008, at p. 224.

There are two things in Alekhine’s comment of which I cannot make sense, to wit: (1) Why would Black want to exchange his DSB in the first place in this structure; and (2) Having done so, why would he play … d5 (rather than ..d6) in preparing the LSB’s development? (I realize, of course, that if Black refrains from playing <... d5> indefinitely we are no longer in the same variation, and perhaps Alekhine was saying, if you want to play the Stonewall, this is the move order to follow; but this gets back to question #1, above: if Black is going to play the Stonewall, why trade the DSBs?)

Can any one out there provide elucidation of Alekhine's point?

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  Peligroso Patzer: It is perhaps worth noting with regard to my earlier comment that in one of Alekhine's most famous games, Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922, in playing the Dutch (with Bogoljubov again handling the White pieces, as here vs. Tartakower), he exchanged DSBs and then adopted a pawn structure with <... d6>.

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