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 Post subject: Did Alekhine win with tactics or positional play?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 3:08 pm 
Schultz,E - Alekhine,A [B77]
Stockholm sim Stockholm, 1914

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 d6 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.f3 0-0 9.0-0 Bd7 10.Qd2 Ne5 11.Be2 Rc8 12.f4 Neg4 13.Nb3 Rxc3 Why does Black make this sacrifice? Black is not attacking the King, Alekhine has simply made the judgement that in this position the Knight is more valuable than the Rook. Why this position? Weak pawn structure, pressure along the a1-h8 diagonal, and strong piece placement would begin to answer the question. 14.bxc3 Nxe4 15.Qd3 Nxe3 16.Qxe3 Nxc3 17.Rae1 a5! The beginnings of a space advantage on the queenside, with a vision that eventually a passed pawn will be created and this will be the winning theme of the game. 18.Bf3 Bb5 19.Rf2 d5! 20.Qc5?! [ 20.Nd4!?;
20.f5!?] 20...b6 21.Qe3 d4ยต 22.Qxe7 a4 As a result of poor play by White, Black has achieved a strong attack on the queenside. True their is no King to attack, but the initiative is being held by Black because of this attack. 23.Nc1 Qb8 24.Nd3 Re8 25.Qb7 Rxe1+ 26.Nxe1 Qxb7 27.Bxb7 d3! The quickest road to victory. 28.Rd2 Bd4+ 29.Kh1 Be3 30.Rxd3 Bxd3 31.Nxd3 Nxa2 32.Bd5 Nc3 33.Bc6 a3 0-1

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2003 8:05 pm 
A grandmaster once said about Alekihine's play something to the effect that "I can see the combinations and sacrifices that he gets to play, but I don't see how he gets to those positions."

In that game, I think the question is more "Why did Alekhine choose to make those exchanges" instead of "Why did Alekhine choose to sacrifice material"; because he's really trading a rook for a knight and two pawns (and a super-strong dark-squared bishop with no opposite number). He didn't sacrifice material.

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