Alekhine vs Euwe











Position after:

(1) Alekhine - Euwe [D17]
[Lee Jones]

Sometimes it takes careful play to build up an advantage. Here we see ex-World Champion. Alexander Alekhine grab a good start in the game, nuilding up active pieces. Black (another ex-World Champion) makes a few mistakes and weakens his pawns giving White the chance to jump in and take advantage. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 The popular Slav Defence 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 The knight is set to recover the pawn on c4. Also White can play the idea f3 then e4 bolstering the centre. 6...Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 Be6 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.0-0 Be7 14.Qc2 Rd8 15.Rfd1 0-0 16.Nb5 Rxd1+ 17.Rxd1 Qa5 18.Nd4 Bc8 19.b4 Have a careful look here. The key here is the Black queen. It defends the knight on e5 and needs to stay close. For example, after 19...Qxb4 20.Bxe5 scores a knight for free! The two main choices are: Taking the pawn with 19...Bxb4. Then White plays 20.Nb3 forcing 20...Qc7. Then 21.Qe4 attacks both the bishop on b4 and knight on e5. After 21...Bd6 22.Qd4 wins. Also, 21...Bc3 loses to 22.Rc1. Moving back with 19...Qc7. The choice of the game. Let's see what happens. 19...Qc7 [19...Bxb4 20.Nb3 Qc7 21.Qe4 Bd6 (21...Bc3 22.Rc1) 22.Qd4] 20.b5 c5 21.Nf5 f6 22.Ne3 Be6 23.Bd5 Bxd5 24.Rxd5 Qa5 25.Nf5 Qe1+ 26.Kg2 Bd8 27.Bxe5 fxe5 28.Rd7 Bf6 29.Nh6+ Kh8 30.Qxc5 1-0



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