Alekhine vs Reti
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[Event "Vienna (01)"] [Site "Vienna (01)"] [Round "0"] [White "Alekhine"] [Black "Reti"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C70"] [Opening "Spanish: 4.Ba4"] {Attack and Defence hold one another in equilibrium} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Nc3 b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. Nxe5 Nxe5 8. d4 Bd6 9. dxe5 Bxe5 10. f4 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 O-O 12. e5 c5 $1 {Counterattack is the only good defense} (12... Ne4 13. Qd5) (12... Ne8) (12... Re8 13. O-O {The Knight has no escape squares}) 13. Ba3 $1 {Preventing ... Pc4 and seemingly refuting Black's last move} (13. exf6 Re8+ 14. Kf1 c4 $17 {Black has the better game}) 13... Qa5 $1 { One suprise after the other} 14. O-O Qxa3 15. exf6 c4 {Once more the picture has changed. Black now seems to have the upper hand, but ...} 16. Qd5 $1 { With the powerful threat of mate on g7 (via g5) and Qxa8} 16... Qa5 $1 { Meeting both threats} 17. fxg7 (17. Qg5 Qb6+) (17. Qxa8 Qb6+ 18. Kh1 Bb7 { winning the Queen}) 17... Qb6+ 18. Kh1 Kxg7 19. Bxc4 $1 Bb7 (19... bxc4 20. Qxa8 Bb7 21. Rab1 $1 Qxb1 22. Qxf8+ $18) 20. Qe5+ Qf6 21. Bd3 Rfe8 (21... Qxe5 22. fxe5 Rac8 23. Rf4 Rxc3 24. Rg4+ Kh8 25. Rh4 $16) 22. Qh5 h6 23. Qg4+ Kh8 24. Qxd7 Re7 25. Qd4 Qxd4 {Black decides to enter a critical endgame. The decision whether an ending is won or drawn is often more a matter of intuition than calculation. In this case it seems that Black has scant compensation for his two lost pawns; however, Reti, who was a clebrated composer of endgame studies, has decided otherwise} 26. cxd4 Rd8 27. f5 f6 (27... Rxd4 28. f6 (28. Kg1 f6 29. Rae1 Rg7 {transposes into the game}) 28... Re6 29. Rae1 Rg4 $17) 28. Rae1 Rg7 29. Be4 Rxd4 30. Bxb7 Rxb7 31. Re6 Kg7 32. Rxa6 Rc4 { The text is sufficient to hold the game} (32... Ra4 33. Rxa4 bxa4) 33. Rf3 Rxc2 34. h3 Kf7 35. Rg3 Rf2 36. Rg6 Rxf5 37. Rxh6 Kg7 38. Rh4 b4 39. Rg4+ Kf7 40. Rg3 Rfb5 41. Rb3 Kg6 42. Kh2 Rc5 43. Ra4 Rcb5 44. h4 R5b6 45. Kh3 Rb8 46. g3 f5 47. Ra5 Rc8 48. Rf3 Rf6 49. Kg2 Rc3 50. Ra8 Rxf3 51. Kxf3 Rc6 52. Rg8+ Kf6 53. Rf8+ Kg6 54. Rb8 Rc4 55. Rb6+ Kg7 56. h5 Rd4 57. Rc6 Re4 58. Rg6+ Kf7 59. g4 Rxg4 60. Rxg4 fxg4+ 61. Kxg4 Kg7 1/2-1/2
½-½
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Players
WhiteAlekhine
BlackReti
Game
Moves61
OpeningC70 — Spanish: 4.Ba4
Result½-½
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Tournament
TournamentVienna (01)
LocationVienna (01)
Round0