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The Genius of Alekhine

The Genius of Alekhine

lfdnbp
Apr 18, 2016, 5:40 PM 1

I do not claim to know much about chess; in fact, because I know very little. However, I have studied a couple of games from Grand Masters such as Mikhail Tal and Alexander Alekhine, and many times fail miserably to imitate their style. Their style is, of course, very appealing to me and to many of those who know it. So, I wanted to sort of reshare a post on youtube by Mato Jelic on Alekhine vs. Levitsky 1914 in St. Petersburg.

Instead of going through the entire game, however, I want to focus on a particular position:

Needless to say, black should never allow this situation to occur. White is clearly much better in this position and the computer says the score is about 2.5 in favor of white even though material is even. However, Alekhine's attack is so brilliant than even holding that score is a challenge.

The move that was played was 15... Kg7. Unfortunately for Levitsky, this move loses... crushingly. The following diagram illustrates what was played, and why 15... Kg7 loses on the spot (even worse than the way he would've lost otherwise).

But what happens if on move 15, black does not move the king, but instead captures the pawn with the knight or pawn. And what happens if the best move is played? 15... Nc6.


Ultimately, black fell prey to the coordination and harmony of Alekhine's pieces, who took exemplary advantage of his opponents lack of development and king protection.

Mato's analysis of the game can be seen here:

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