Alexandrov vs Alekhine
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[Event "Correspondence"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Alexandrov"] [Black "Alekhine"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C41"] [Opening "Philidor: Hanham, 4.Bc4 c6"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nd7 4. Bc4 c6 {This is a very passive defense, but White now gets carried away and launches his attack prematurely.} 5. Ng5 { The threat at f7 is easily defended.} 5... Nh6 6. f4 { White should simply have castled.} 6... Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nf3 {Black is now ahead in development, and therefore he can afford to open up the game.} 8... exd4 9. Nxd4 {Now Alekhine uses a simple tactical device to open up the center. } 9... d5 10. exd5 Nb6 {Black gains time with this fork on the bishop and pawn. } 11. Bd3 {11.Be2 Bc5 .Kh1 Nxd5 was also good for Alekhine, playing Black in another correspondence game from the same event.} 11... Bc5 { Another strong move, creating an effective pin on the knight.} 12. c3 Qxd5 13. Be3 {13.Kh1 Bxd4 14.cxd4 Bf5 15.Be3 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 Nc4} 13... Ng4 {Notice how h more productive Black's minor pieces are than their White counterparts.} 14. Qf3 Re8 {Black takes control of the only open file.} 15. Qxd5 { 15.Bf2 Nxf2 16.Qxf2 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 18.cxd4 Rd8 19.Re1 Be6 20.f5 Bc4} 15... Nxd5 16. Bc1 {Here Alekhine exploits the pin in fine fashion, and brings the game to a quick conclusion. Try to find the winning move (it isn't easy).} 16... Nb4 {White resigned. If the bishop abandons c2, then the knight will infiltrate, winning the rook at a1. If 17.cxb4, then 17...Bxd4+ 18.Kh1 Nf2+ 19. Kg1 Nxd3 wins. That leaves just one other try, but it also fails:} 17. h3 Nxd3 18. hxg4 Bxg4 19. Kh2 Bxd4 20. cxd4 Rad8 0-1
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WhiteAlexandrov
BlackAlekhine
Game
Moves20
OpeningC41 — Philidor: Hanham, 4.Bc4 c6
Result0-1
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TournamentCorrespondence
Location?
Round0