Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Alexander Alekhine vs. Aron Nimzowitsch (1931, French Defense, Winawer Variation)

[Event "Bled"]
[Site "Bled"]
[Date "1931]
[White "Alexander Alekhine"]
[Black "Aron Nimzowitsch"]
[Result "1-0"]

 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 {3__Bb4 or the "Winawer Variation" immediately
intends to resolve the resulting tension in the center. With the bishop's pin
on the knight at c3, white has to decide whether or not to admit a doubled
pawn on c file. The pin can be avoided by (3. Nd2) or the "Tarrasch
"Variation" which is often seen in the games of Anatoly Karpov. } 4. Nge2
{Instead of this move, white usually replies with 4. e5. The move (4. Nge2) seems to give white a cramped position.} 4... dxe4 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Nxc3 f5 {Black opted to support his pawn at e4 but in the process weakening the pawn at e6.} 7. f3 exf3 8. Qxf3 {Alekhine gives the d4 pawn in exchange for rapid development.} 8... Qxd4 9. Qg3 Nf6 {I think this move (9__Nf6) is a blunder. The pawn at g7 fell without any compensation for black.} 10. Qxg7 Qe5+ 11.Be2 Rg8 12. Qh6 Rg6 13. Qh4 Bd7 14. Bg5 Bc6 15. O-O-O {White immediately castled without bothering to protect the g2 pawn. The king's safety is, of course, always a priority in the game of chess.} 15... Bxg2 16. Rhe1 Be4 17. Bh5 {It is clear that white has completely dominated black in this position. White has complete control of the d-file and to make matters worse black has two frozen pieces - the rook at a8 and the knight at b8. } 17... Nxh5 18.Rd8+ Kf7 19. Qxh5 1-0 

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