Qn

17 QXQ would have given White a good ending in view of his Q-side pawn-majority, but as Alekhine put it: "The final attack of this game gave me much more pleasure than a scientifically correct, but purely technical exploitation of a pawn majority on the Q-side would do. After all, chess is not only knowledge and logic!"

17...

P-K4

18B-K3

B-N5

19N-R4

B-R4

20P-B4

B-B2

21P-N3

P-B3

22 PXP

Q-K3

23 P-KR3

Here Alekhine has a note I like very much, a clear indication of his humorously realistic qualities as an annotator: "A good positional move which, however, is neither particularly deep nor difficult to find. Its main object is to prevent the possibility ... Q-N5 after 23 ... NXP 24 N-B5, and

From Morphy to Fischer 89 also in some other variations the protection of White's KN4 was essential. I was not a little surprised to read all the compliments addressed by the critics to the modest text-move, and also to be questioned—in all seriousness—after the game was over, whether by 23 P-KR3 I already planned to play my Q to KR2 on the 33rd move "

24B-Q4 NXP

25Q-QB3 N-Q2

Covering the weak dark-square complex in the vicinity of his K. if 25 ... K-Nl then 26 N-B5 Q-Q3 27 Q-N4 ±

26 P-B5

Nailing down the dark squares and also preparing a general advance of his Q-side pawns against the Black K.

27 P-QN4

A second pawn-sacrifice, but Black prefers to defer its acceptance.

28N-N6+ BXN

29PXB QXQRP

30Q-KN3 R-Q2

If 30 ... Q-B2 31 R-Rl! RXB 32 R-R8 R-K4 33 QXR +-.

31 B-B5

Leading to a beautiful finish. Another neat conclusion would have been 31 BXP PXB 32 RXR KXR 33 Q-B7+ K-K3 34 R-K1+ +-.

Overlooking an enchanting combination, but if 34 ... Q-Kl 35 Q-N3! intending Q-R3 +-.

35RXN+! KXR

36QXR+! and White mates.

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