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Alexander Alekhine vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 24, Nov-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Alekhine Variation (D67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-13-06  sneaky pete: Yates and Winter on 26 ... b5: "Up to this point the game is identical with the 22nd game, in which Black played here 26... Rac8. The text move is probably the outcome of "midnight oil", but Black still appears to have a cramped game. The constant adoption of this form of defence, in which Black can hardly hope for more than a draw, was probably a contributory cause of the loss of the match."
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  Mateo: <sneaky pete> Interesting comment from Yates and Winter. I think they are right. It is difficult to understand Capablanca's choice of opening. The point is that, despite he defended vey well, he could hardly expect more than a draw.

26.Bb3 b5 27.d5!? <This move gives White the d4 square to the Knight as a compensation of the sacrificed pawn. The d5 pawn won't advance.> cxd5 28.Nce2 Rac8 29.Nd4 Nb6 30.Rc5 <30. Kf2 (in order to avoid the trade on c4) Nc4 31. Rb1 is equal.> a4 31.Bc2 Nd7 <The safest choice. Black has to take care of sacrifices over f5 after 31... Nc4+ 32. Ke2 Nxb2 33. Rb1 a3.> 32.Rc3 b4 33.Rc6 Bxc6 34.Nxc6+ Ke8 35.Nxd8 Kxd8 36.Bxa4 Nb6 37.Bb3 Na6 38.Ne2 Kd7 39.Rd4 Rc5 40.Kd2 Rc8 41.Ke3 1/2-1/2

Sep-13-06  euripides: <a contributory cause of the loss of the match.> Also of its winning.
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  Mateo: <euripides> Maybe you noticed that the sacrifice of the d pawn may recall in a way the game won by Timman against Andersson that you quoted?
Sep-13-06  euripides: <mateo> yes, that's interesting. Easier to see in this position, because the clearance sacrifice is so thematic here.
Mar-04-08  Knight13: 26 ... b5 is a lot better than 26...Rc8.
Mar-04-08  mindkontrolle: Alekhine is excellent, even under Capablanca's vicious pawn brigade!!!!

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  Calli: But could he survive an avalanche of exclamations?
Feb-26-12  RookFile: It's ok to get a draw with black. The real story of this match was that Capa couldn't win enough with white.
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  offramp: Since theory stopped at move 26 this game does not have much substance at all.
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