Fine vs Alekhine
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[Event "Margate"] [Site "Margate"] [Round "0"] [White "Fine"] [Black "Alekhine"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: 1...e6 2.c4"] {13. FINE (1914-1993) The style of Grandmaster Fine is best described as technically very good, but for the rest, relatively neutral. The truth is that he handled all sorts of positions well, without showing definite preference for any. His style was polished, his games streamlined. After the war Fine virtually withdrew from competitive chess. Here is a game in which he demonstrates the style which perhaps fitted his termperament best} 1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Nc3 Nc6 {With this move, the object of which is to induce complications, Alekhine had varying success. In this game Fine demonstrates its drawbacks} 7. d5 $1 Ne5 8. Qb3 O-O 9. Nh3 Ng6 10. dxe6 dxe6 11. Rd1 (11. Bxb7 Bxb7 12. Qxb7 Rb8 13. Qxa7 Rxb2 $132) 11... c6 12. O-O e5 $5 (12... Kh8) 13. c5+ Kh8 14. Ng5 Qe8 15. Ne6 Bxe6 16. Qxe6 Bxc5 (16... Qc8 17. Qxc8 Raxc8 18. Bh3 { White's two bishops give him a clear advantage in the endgame}) 17. Qxf5 { From a positional point of view, White has won the first round: he has the two Bishops and the better pawnstructure} 17... Rd8 18. Qc2 Qe6 19. Na4 Be7 20. a3 Rd4 21. h3 (21. Nc5 Bxc5 22. Qxc5 Rfd8 23. Qc2 Qd7 {Black wins a piece}) 21... b5 {Black thinks he can go over to the offensive, but this move only weakens his pawn structure even more} 22. Nc3 a5 23. Be3 Rxd1 24. Rxd1 b4 (24... Rd8) 25. axb4 axb4 26. Na4 Nd5 27. Bc5 Qf7 28. e3 Rc8 29. Qc4 $1 Qf8 (29... -- 30. e4) (29... Rf8 30. Rd2) (29... Bxc5 30. Nxc5 Rf8 31. Rd2 { A pawn is bound to fall}) 30. Bxe7 Ngxe7 31. e4 Nf6 32. Qxb4 Rd8 33. Rxd8 Qxd8 34. Nc5 Qd6 35. Qc3 h6 36. Nd3 Nd7 37. h4 Ng6 38. Bh3 Ngf8 39. b4 h5 40. Nc5 Nf6 41. Qc4 Qe7 42. Nb3 $1 {The familiar maneuvering principle. The e-pawn has been kept under pressure as long as possible; now White switches his attention to Black's other weakness, the c-pawn} 42... Qd6 43. Na5 Qd2 44. Nxc6 Qe1+ 45. Bf1 Nxe4 46. Qe2 {This settles it. The finish was:} 46... Qxe2 47. Bxe2 g6 48. Nxe5 Nc3 49. Bd3 Kg7 50. f4 Nd5 51. b5 Kf6 52. Kf2 Nb6 53. Ke3 Na4 54. Kd4 Ne6+ 55. Kd5 Nc7+ 56. Kc6 Ne6 57. b6 Nd8+ 58. Kd7 Ne6 59. b7 Nac5+ 60. Kc8 1-0
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WhiteFine
BlackAlekhine
Game
Moves60
OpeningA40 — Queen's Pawn: 1...e6 2.c4
Result1-0
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TournamentMargate
LocationMargate
Round0