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Alexander Alekhine

(1892-1946)

Alekhine' s Block

The Tactician's Handbook


Vol. 1

Copyright 1996 by Victor Charushin


English Language Translation Copyright 1997 by
Pickard & Son, Publishers
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Printed in the United States of America
ISBN: 1-886846-06-5
Cover by Statman
This work is a revised and expanded translation of the Russian book
"Alekhine's Block," published by the author in 1996.

Alekhine's
Block
Author: Victor Charushin
Translator: Anatoly Lein
Editor: Sid Pickard

First Printing of English Edition: February,


Inquiries should be addressed to:
Pickard & Son, Publishers
P. 0. Box 700982
Dallas, TX 75370
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Contents

Foreword
Introduction

9
12

Symbols

Alekhine's Block
f6 (f3)
f6 (f3)
ltJf6 (f3)
'ii'f6 (f3)

at

f6

(3)

13
19
26
33

Alekhine's Block at g6 (g3)


'ig6 (g3)
ng6 (g3)
g6 (g3)
ltJg6 (g3)

36
46
49
55

Alekhine's Block at c6 (c3)


c 6 (c3)
c6 (c3)
lDc6 (c3)

62
63
63

Alekhine's Block at b6 (b3)


'ii'b6 (b3)
b6 (b3)
ltJb6 (b3)
Alekhine's Block at e6 (e3)
l:te 6 (e3)
e6 (e3)
ltJe6 (e3)

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68
70

72
74

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Contents

Alekhine's Block at d6 (d3)


'Lld6 (d3)
Alekhine's Block on the
Outennost Squares (h6, h3, a6,
'Llh6 (h3, a6, a3)
Ah6 (h3 , a6, a3)
l:th6 (h3 , a6, a3)

80

a3)
82
83
85

Alekhine's Block in Opening Theory

86

Postscript

88
91
95

Index of Players
Index of Openings

Foreword

From the Publisher

Victor Charushin was born in the Russian Republic ofUdmurtija in 1932.


He is by profession a civil engineer, lecturing at the Academy of Architec
ture and Building in Nizhny Novgorod where he lives -but his first love
is chess. Victor is well known in the world of correspondence chess, and
has placed among the prize-winners in several European Championships.
In 1986 Victor earned the ICCF International Master title, after which his
attention turned to writing. Charushin is the author of 10 books, including
biographies of Alekhine and Bogoljubow.
The present volume, revised and expanded by the author for this transla
tion, is a new and quite original look at a little-understood attacking motif.
This blockading tactic is often seen as an inspired brilliancy, but here for
the first time we learn that Alekhine's Block is simply an attacking
technique, and a skill that can be acquired. It has been our goal to guide
the reader toward greater tactical ability in a manner both correct and
enjoyable. We believe that after reading this book few players will again
miss an opportunity to employ Alekhine's Block in their own games!
Sid Pickard
Dallas, February 1997

From the Author

The theory of the middlegame is yet in the early stages of development.


As a rule, middlegame theory consists in formulating strategic plans of
attack and defense. The present study, however, is devoted to a "single
image" type of combination, namely the blockading sacrifice of a piece
from a Knight to a Queen -on the sixth (or third) rank. In the creative
heritage of world champion A.A. Alekhine, for whom this special tactic
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is named, we find nearly 30 examples on the above theme. In most cases


he was the first to execute this brilliant combination, and therefore it
rightly bears the name of "Alekhine's Block."
This book contains 164 games played at different times and at various
levels, from simultaneous exhibitions to world championship matches.
Along with 32 game fragments and study positions, this collection dem
onstrates that Alekhine's Block is firmly established in our modern chess
understanding. This manual is designed for the enjoyment of all chess
players, and will benefit enthusiasts across the entire spectrum of our chess
community.
Victor Charushin
Nizhny Novgorod, 1996

From the Editor (first Russian version)

50 years ago (March 24, 1946) there passed away Alexander Alexan
drovich Alekhine, the first Russian world champion of chess, and the pride
of his nation. He died far away from his Fatherland in poverty and
loneliness.
How and why this happened is the subject of rumors and guesswork, with
many versions appearing in chess literature. These questions await their
answer from objective historians, and we hope that such answers will be
found. Here we propose that the reader celebrate with us the chess legacy
of Alekhine set forth in this work. In these pages for the first time the
combinative mastery of our champion is considered from a completely new
viewpoint. This vantage point reveals a remarkable class of blockading
sacrifice not documented elsewhere. We hope that studying the chess
creativity recorded here will provide you true pleasure.
Anatoly Smykov
Nizhny Novgorod, 1996

Introduction
The sixth rank is intimidating.
A piece placed

on

it brings fear and panic to the enemy's anny.

S. Tartakower

The object of a chess game is to checkmate the opponent's King. There


are two means to this goal, either directly through attack or indirectly by
the acquisition of material superiority. Of course, the first way is more
natural and more beautiful, but the opponent will try to place insurmount,
able obstacles in our path.
Overcoming such careful defense is an extremely complicated task, and
toward this end various tactical measures are employed. Here we shall
analyze one of them, the Rook blockade on the f6 square.
Consider Black's castled position. The row of pawns in front aspire to build
an impregnable bastion defending the King. The first duty of the attacker
is to rupture that pawn barrier. The simplest way to do so is by a pawn
storm, but advancing the White pawns will cost much time and is fraught
with the danger of weakening his own King's position, when failure leads
to an immediate counterattack and inevitable defeat.
A more reliable method of softening the enemy pawn barrier is by piece
pressure. For example, place the White Queen on h4 and a Bishop on d3.
The threat of mate on h7 forces Black to move one of his pawns. The move
...h7 ,h6 is the least successful, leading only to further weakening of Black's
position. White's Queen goes to e4 and Black must also play ...g7 ,g6 or
. .. f7 ,f5, after which his pawn fortress loses strength. Instead, the move
... g7 ,g6 weakens the dark squares, and makes sense only with a subsequent
transfer of Black's Bishop to g7 - time consuming or often simply impos,
sible.
The most active defense against the h7 mate involves .. ,f7,f5. This move
begins to illustrate the role of Black's Rook on t8. Before the pawn move,
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this Rook is passive and only cramps the King. After . . f7 -f5, however, the
Rook gains in strength and supports the f-pawn, nurturing hope of a
counterattack.
.

Therefore, it is a perfectly natural idea for White to blockade the f7 pawn


by placing a Rook, for example, in front of it on the f6 square. Thus the
Black defensive order is permanently frozen, while White's Rook pene
trates into the enemy camp. True, the situation is complicated by the
defender's ability to capture the blockading piece, and the correctness of
this sacrifice must be calculated accurately. But placing the White Rook
on f6 sets in motion this blockading operation, which we will refer to as
Alekhine's Block or simply the Block.
At the beginning of this century the attractive ideas underlying the Block
were brilliantly realized in A.A. Alekhine. A profound understanding of
the game led him to conclude that the Block can be executed not only by
a Rook on the f6 square, but on any square of the sixth (or third) rank by
any piece. None of the Grandmasters reveal in their games such variety in
implementing this complex tactical maneuver as does the first Russian
world champion. Although early examples of the Block may be seen here,
Alekhine was the first to systematically employ this device in his Kingside
attacks. There can be no doubt that a blockading piece sacrifice on the
sixth (or third) rank should be called "Alekhine's Block."
As a passive sacrifice the Block should ideally be a "quiet" move, without
a check or capture. Exceptions are possible, for example, in that a Knight
on f6 often gives automatic check, and the Queen's Block is sometimes
accompanied by a capture. It should be stressed that the most spectacular
Queen's Block -that of the Queen on g6 (or g3) -was first demonstrated
in 19 12 by Frank Marshall in Game 51. Alekhine's similar effort in Game
52, though earlier, was played in a simultaneous exhibition, and so this
"subset" of the Block should rightfully bear Marshall's name.
It is noteworthy that the theoretical and widely-known Exchange sacrifice
on c3 in the Sicilian Defense represents a modern development of Alek
hine's Block. By means of this sacrifice Black obtains sufficient counterplay
with minimal material loss. The Block's relation to chess openings has yet
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Introduction

to be developed, but a first step in discussing this interesting subject may


be found at the end of this book (p.86).
Alekhine's Block has been firmly established in practice. It is employed at
all levels, from blitz games to matches for the world championship. In order
to study this tactical maneuver we propose that the reader analyze the
games given below, which are classified according to the piece being
sacrificed and the square being blockaded. I am convinced that both
beginning chess players and experienced masters will derive true enjoy,
ment from these examples of chess art.

11

Symbols

;!;

:j:

Black has a slight advantage

White has a slight advantage

Black stands clearly better

White stands clearly better

-+

Black is winning

White is winning

checkmate

the game is even


00

(X)

the position is unclear

with compensation
!!
a brilliant move

an excellent move
I

??
a blunder

a mistake
!?
a move deserving attention

?!
a dubious move

D.

with the idea

better is

12

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Alekhine's Block

The Rook Blocks at


f6 (f3)

Game 2

Alekhine-Dawnman,
San Luis 1 924
(blindfold simultaneous)

l . e4 eS 2.l2Jc3 it.b4 3 . it.c4 d6 4.f4


l2Jc6 S . l2Jf3 it.g4 6.0-0 l2Jf6 7. d3
Game 1
0-0 8.h3 xf3 9.xf3 l2Jd4 1 0.d1
Alekhine-Ostrogsky,
AcS 1 1 .h1 exf4 1 2 . it.xf4 d7
Moscow 1 910
1 3 . A g S l2J e 8 1 4 . l2J d S l2J c 6
(simultaneous)
1 S . iVhS h8 16.l:f6U (16.Ae7! g6
l .d4 dS 2.e3 e6 3 .l2Jd2 l2Jd7 4.f4 [16 . . . l2Jxe7 1 7 . .l:!:xf7 +- ] 1 7 . h6
l2Jgf6 S . Ad3 cS 6.c3 Ad6 7 . l2Jh3 +- , Lein)
a6 8.0-0 b6 9 .l2Jf3 l2Je4 1 0.l2JhgS
lLJxgS 1 l . l2Jxg S h6 1 2 . l2Jh 3 0-0
1 3 .iVf3 l2Jf6 1 4 .b3 Ad7 1 S . Ad2
iVa 7 1 6 . l2Jf2 Ac6 1 7 .g4 .l:!:fe8
1 8 .gS hxgS 1 9 . fxgS l2Jd7 20.l2Jg4
.l:!:e7 2 1 . iVh3 l2Jf8 22.l:(f6 !1 (D.
23 . .l:!:h6 gxh6 24.l2Jf6+ +- ; 22. l2Jf6+!
gxf6 23.gxf6 +- , Lein)

1 6 . . . Ad4 ( 1 6 . . . gxf6 17. l2Jxf6 l2Jxf6


18. it.xf6+ g8 1 9.gS * ) 17.Itafl
it.xf6 1 8 Jhf6 lUeS 19 . .l:!:h6 gxh6
2 0 . A f6 + l2Jxf6 2 1 . l2Jxf6 e 7
22.iVxh 6 xf6 2 3 . xf6 + g8
24.Ab3 .l:!:ae8 2S .h4 l2Jd7 26. fS
lUeS 27.hS l2Jxb3 (28.gS+ h8
29.f6+ g8 30.h6, D. 31 .g7 * ),
22 . . . l2Jg6 (22 . . . gxf6 23 . l2Jxf6+ g7
1 -0
24 . h6 * ; 22 . . . g6 23 . .l:!:afl Ae8
24 .1:!:6f3!) 23 . .l:!:xg6 fxg6 24.Axg6,
1 -0

Alekhine's Block

14

lt'Jh 6 8 . h3 ltJ fS 9 . j, e3 i.a6


10.i.xa6 lt'Jxa6 1 1 .g4 ltJxe3 12.fxe3
Marshall-Spielmann,
Moscow 1 925
i.b4 1 3 .0-0 i.xc3 1 4 . bxc3 lt'Jb8
l .d4 lt'Jf6 2.c4 e6 3. lt'Jc3 dS 4.j,gS 1 S . lt'Jh5 g8 16.ID6!!
lt'Jbd7 S.e3 c6 6. cxd5 exdS 7.j,d3
j,e7 8.c2 0-0 9. ltJf3 e8 1 0.0-0
h 6 1 1 . j, f4 ltJf8 1 2 . ltJ e 5 ltJ h S
1 3. g3 ltJxg3 14.hxg3 i1J6 1 S.f4
xeS 1 6.fxe5 g4 1 7 JH4 d7
18. afl e7 19.b4 e6 20. 4f2
g4 2 1 . ! H4 e6 2 2 . f2 ltJh7
23. f3 lOgS 24.hS b6 2S . !lh4
c8 26.lt'Je2 aS 27.ID6 !!
Game 3

1 6 . . . e7 1 7 . afl ltJd7 1 8 . xt7


xf7 1 9 . l'hf7 xt7 20.lt'Jf4 lt'Jf8
2 1 .c4 dxc4 22. f3 d8 23.d5 exdS
24 . lt'Jh3+ e8 2 S . lt'Jg5 d7 26.e6
ltJxe6 27.ltJxe6 e7 28.f5 d6
29. ltJf4 c6 30.'iWe6+ , 1 -0
Position I

27 f8 2 8 . ltJ f4 axb4 2 9 . lt'Jg6


fxg6 30Jhf8+ llxf8 3 1 . xg6 ltJe4
32.xe4 dxe4 33.llxh6 fS 34.g5
ne6 3S.xe6 xe6 36. g6 dS
37.e6 llc8 38.f7+ h7 39.d7
lla8 40.e7 i.t7 41 . xc6, 1 -0
Game 4

Simagin-Lyskov,
Moscow 1 957

l.ID"6!! C .6. 2 . "lWxh6+ +- ) ltJgS

2J xg5 hxgS 3 . "lWxgS g8 (3 ... gxf6


l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3 . lt'Jc3 j,b4 4 . e5
4.h6+ +- ) 4.h4 a3 S . f3 g6
b6 s . g4 fs 6 . lt'Jh3 d7 7 . LtJf4

Alekhine's Block

15

6 . .txg6 c2 7 . .txc2 'f!Vxf3 8. 'f!Vh7 +


f8 9.gxf3 +Game 5

Fischer-Benko,
US Ch. 1 963-64
1 .e4 g6 2.d4 .tg7 3 . 'Llc3 d6 4.f4 'Llf6
S . 'Llf3 0-0 6 . .td3 .tg4 7.h3 xf3
8.'f!Vxf3 'Llc6 9 . e3 eS 1 0 . dxe5
dxe S 1 1 . f5 gxfS 1 2 . 'f!Vxf5 'Lld4 2 1 . . . 'Lle6 2 2 . 'Llh 5 l:fd8 2 3 . l:t df1
1 3 . 'f!Vf2 'Lle8 14.0-0 'Lld6 1 S . f(t'g3
l:td7 24 . f(t'g3 h8 25.'ixe5 l:tad8
h8 1 6 . f(t'g4 c6 1 7 . f(t'h S f((e B
26. f!Vxe 6 c 8 2 7 . .txd 6 l:txd6
18 . .txd4 exd4 19.%U6!!
28. f(t'xf7 f({xf7 29. l:xf7, 1 -0
Game 7

Schoneberg-Liebert,
Germany 1 972

19 . . . g8 20.e5 h6 2 1 . 'Lle2, 1-0


Game 6

Enevoldsen-Nilsen,
Denmark 1 967
l .d4 'Llf6 2.c4 e6 3 . 'Llc3 .tb4 4.f3 cS
S.a3 .txc3+ 6.bxc3 0-0 7.e4 'Lle8
8 . .td3 'Llc6 9 . .te3 f!VaS 1 0 . .td2
f(t'c7 1 1 . 'Lle2 b6 1 2 .0-0 .ta6 1 3 . 'Llg3
'LlaS 14.'f!Ve2 'Llb3 1 S J:tad1 cxd4
16.cxd4 'Llxd4 17.'f!Ve3 eS 18.f4 d6
19.fxe5 dxeS 20 . .tb4 'Lld6 2l.:t'6!!

1 .e4 e6 2.d3 cS 3.g3 'Llc6 4 . .tg2


'Llf6 S.f4 dS 6.e5 'Lld7 7 . 'Llf3 .te7
8.0-0 bS 9.c4 bxc4 1 0.dxc4 'Llb6
1 1 .cxd5 exdS 1 2 . 'Llc3 .te6 1 3 . 'Llh4
.txh4 1 4 . f5 xfS 1 5 . l:txf5 'Lld4
16. l:tfl .te7 17 . .te3 l:tc8 18.h1
0-0 19 . .txd4 cxd4 20.'f!Vxd4 .tcS
2 1 . 'f!Vg4 d4 22.'Lle4 h8 23.'Llg5
f((e7 24. 'ih5 h6 25.:tf6!!
(see next diagram)
25 . . . g8 26 . .l::ta fl f(t'xeS 27 .l:t6f5
'f!Ve3 2 8 . 'Llxf7 d3 2 9 . l:t e 5 'f!Vd 2
30 . .te4 'Lld7 3 1 . f(t'g6 .tf2 32.'f!Vh7+
xf7 33 . .td5+' 1 -0

Alekhine's Block

16

26 . . . V/He4 27. f4 V/Hg6 28 .c1 c8


29 .l:tf6 V/He4 30.g6 f8 3 1 . l::lf4 fxg6
(3 1 . . . V/Hxg6 3 2 . g 1 V!HhS 33. h4
fS 34 J lgS +- ) 3 2 . l::lxe 4 dxe4
33 . V/Hxe4 cS 34.c4, 1 -0
Game 9

Rene-Romero ,
Groningen 1 984-85
l .e4 eS 2 . lLJf3 lLJc6 3 . Ab5 fS 4. lLJc3
fxe4 S. lLJxe4 lLJf6 6.d3 dS 7. lLJg3
j,d6 8.d4 e4 9 . LtJeS d7 10. lLJxd7
Game B
xd7 1 1 .0-0 a6 1 2 .e2 0-0 1 3.e3
Timman-Geller,
lLJe7 1 4 . c 4 dxc4 1 S . c 2 wh8
Linares 1 983
16.xc4 lLJedS 17. V/Hb3 c6 18. l:!ae1
1 . lLlf3 lLJf6 2 . d4 dS 3 . AgS e 6
lLJf4 1 9 . Ad 1 lLld3 20J !e2 lLJg4
4. lLJbd2 Ae7 S.e3 0-0 6.Ad3 b6
21.lLJxe4bh.Z+ 22.wh1 VW5 23 . V/Hxd3
7. lLJeS Ab7 8. Axf6 Axf6 9.f4 AxeS
hS 24.lLJg5 Ad6+ 2 S . lLlh3 11f3 !!
1 O. fxeS V/Hh4 + 1 1 .g3 V/Hh6 1 2 . V/He2
lL\c6 1 3 . 0-0 lLJb4 1 4 JU 4 lLJxd3
1 S . V/Hxd3 aS 16. lLJf3 Aa6 1 7 . V/Hc3
e2 18 .c6 V/HhS 1 9.Wg2 l::lae8
20.e1 j,a6 21 .g4 V/Hg6 22.Wh 1
l::le 7 2 3 . g S V/Hh S 2 4 . w g 2 b8
zs.wfz VNg6 26.J:U6rr
After 25JH6!!

26.wg1 Ah2+ 27.wh1 xh3, 0 - 1


Game 1 0

Barta-Kluger,
Hungary 1 979
1 .d4 g6 2.c4 g7 3.lLlc3 cS 4.dS d6
S . e4 lLJf6 6. Ad3 0-0 7. lLJge2 e6

Alekhine's Block

17

8 . dxe6 fxe6 9 . 0-0 lLl c6 1 0 . g 5


h 6 1 l . xf6 xf6 1 2 . ''d2 wg7
1 3 . lhd1 f!/e7 14.b1 lLld4 1 5. lLlb5
e5 16. lLlec3 g5 17. f!/d3l:lf3!!

24.d2 llf6 -+
Game 1 2

18. gxf3 M4 19.lLld5 + 2 0 . wxh2


f!/h4+ 2l .Wg1 h3 22.f4 g4 +
23 . f!/g3 lLle2+ 24.Wh2 lLlxg3 25.fxg3
xf1 26Jlxf1 h5 27.f5 llh8 28. lLle7
h4 29. lL'lxg6 hxg3+ 30.Wg1 llh1 +,
0-1

Bukic-Cebalo,
Yugoslavia 1 980
1 .d4 lLlf6 2 . c4 e6 3. lLlf3 c5 4.d5
exd 5 5. cxd5 d6 6 . lLl c3 g6 7 . e4
g7 8 . e 2 0-0 9 .0-0 a6 1 0. a4

g4 1 1 .f4 'f!ie7 1 2. lLld2 xe2


1 3.'f!Vxe2 lLlh5 1 4 . e3 lLld7 1 5.g4
lLlhf6 1 6 . f3 lb e 8 1 7 . '1ti>h 1 lbc7
Game 1 1
1 8 . lLl c4 lLle5 1 9 . lL'lb6 l:tae8 20.g5
Karoly- F. Portisch,
lL'la8 2 1 . lL'lxa 8 l:txa8 2 2 . f4 lLld7
Hungary 1 979
23.e5 dxe5 24.f5 gxf5 25.l:txf5 e4
l .e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. lLld2 c5 4. lLlgf3 2 6 . ll g 1 ll a e 8 2 7 . h 5 'if d 6
lLl c6 5.b5 d6 6.e5 b8 7.dxc5 28.l::[f 6!!
lLl g e 7 8 . 0 - 0 lb g6 9 . ll e 1 0 - 0
10.xc6 bxc6 1 1 . c4 f6 1 2 . exf6
f!/xf6 1 3 . lLlb3 lLlh4 1 4 . lLlbd4 e 5
1 5 . g 5 lL'lxf3 + 1 6 . lLlxf3 f!l g 6
17.e7 g4 18. xf8 e4 19.lLlh4

'iY h 5 2 0 . 'iY b 3 xh 2 + 2 1 . Wxh2


'ifxh4+ 22.Wg1 llxf8 23 . 'ife3 l:lf3!!
(the Block with 23 ... f3 was actually
played, leading only to a draw)

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Alekhine's Block

28 .. .'i!Ye5 (28 . . . lt:Jxf6 29.gxf6 xf6 c8, D. 32 . . . h3+ 33.g1 g4!


30. .ah6 'i!Vf3 + 3l. 'WWxf3 exf3 32J:txg7+ -+ ), 1-0
[32.xg7? f2 !) h8 3 3 . g 1 g8
Game 1 4
34. fl , Lein) 29. 'WWh 3 'flic7 30.f4
Chemin-Z .Polgar,
lLleS 31 .lLlxe4 lt:Jg6 32.lLlf6+ xf6
Budapest 1 993
33.gxf6 h8 34. h6 g8 3 5.h4
l . c4 eS 2 . lLl c3 lt:Jf6 3. lLlf3 lt:Jc6 4.e3
lt:Jxh4 36.g7, 1-0
b4 s.c2 xc3 6.'flixc3 e7 7.d3
dS 8. cxd5 lLlxdS 9. 'flic2 0-0 1 0.a3
Game 1 3
aS 1 l .b3 g4 1 2.e2 ad8 13 .0-0
Kelecevic-Ivkov,
fS 1 4 .h3 hS 1 5.b2 e4 16.dxe4
Yugoslavia 1983
1 . d4 lt:Jf6 2 . c4 e6 3 . lLlf3 b4+ fxe4 17.lLle5 xe2 1 8 . lLlxc6 bx c6
4. lt:Jbd2 b6 S.e3 b7 6.d3 cS 7.a3 1 9 . 'flixe2 d6 20.ac1 g6 2 l . d4
xd2+ 8 . xd2 d6 9 . 0-0 lt:Jbd7 l::tf 3!!
1 0 . c3 0-0 1 1 .b4 lt:Je4 1 2 .b2
'flie7 1 3 . c2 fS 1 4 . l:tfd 1 lLldf6
1S .bxc5 bxcS 16.'flie2 lt:Jg4 17. fl
eS 1 8 . xe 4 fxe4 1 9 . lLld2 'flih4
20.h3 ID"3!!

22.g3 h4 23 .h2 gxg3 24.fxg3


xg 3 + 2 5. h 1 Wixh3+ 26.g1
g3+ 27.f2 Wih4 28.h1 h3+,
0-1
2 l .hxg4 af8 22.g3 xg4 23.fe 1
8f6 24.'ifl 'ffh S 25. e2 xg3+?
+- (2 5 . . . 3 f5 2 6 . a e 1 h 6
27.'iVg2 'i!Vg4 28. lLlfl fhS 29. lLlh2 l .d4
xh2 3 0 . 'ifxh 2 xh2 3 1 . xh2 e7
b7

Game 1 5

Kalendovsky-Tomic,
Bmo 1994
dS 2. lLlf3 e6 3.e3 lt:Jf6 4. d3
5.0-0 0-0 6. lt:Jbd2 b6 7.e2
8. lLleS cS 9 . c3 lt:Jc6 1 0.f4 c7

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Alekhine's Block

1 l .f3 lL:\e4 1 2 .h3 lL:\xeS 1 3 .fxeS


AgS 1 4 . xe4 dxe4 1 S .'iVg4 'iVe7
16.lL:\xe4 xe4 17.'ixe4 h6 18. [3
l:!. ad8 1 9.g3 cxd4 20.exd4 xcl
2 1 . xc1 d7 22. cfl bS 23.l:tf6!!

xe4 19 .xe4 lL:\cS 20. e2 aS


2l .ab1 'ia6 22.c4 lL:\a4 23.iU'6!!
(.0. 24. g4 xe2 2S . xg7+ +
Alekhine)

2 3 . . . l:tfc8 (23 . . . h6 24 . lL:\e S , .0.


23 . . . dS 24. h4 d8 2S .g4 g6 2S . fr'g4 +- ; 23 . . . hS 24.llg4! xe2
2S J:txg7+ 'it>h8 26. lL:\gS! , .0. 27Jth7+
26. f4 d7 27. xh6, 1 -0
'it>g8 28.l:th8#, Alekhine) 24.eS
c S 2 S . g3 g6 26. l:txa4 d3
27. fl 'iVfS 28.f4 c2 29.h6,
The Bishop Blocks at
1 -0

f6 (f3)

i,

i,

i,

i,

Game 1 6

Alekllll1e-Sterk,
Budapest 1 921
l.d4 dS 2.lL:\f3 lL\f6 3.c4 e6 4 . lL:\c3
lL\bd7 S.e3 d6 6.lL:\bS e7 7.c2
c6 8.lL:\c3 0-0 9.d3 dxc4 10.xc4
cS l l .dxcS xeS 1 2. 0-0 b6 1 3. e4
b7 1 4 . gS f!Vc8 1 S . 'ie2 b4
16.d3 bc3 17. rucl lL:\xe4 18.xe4

Game 1 7

Aleklline-Schick,
Prague 1 943
(blitz)
l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3 . lL:\d2 cS 4. lL:\gf3
lL\c6 S . bS dxe4 6 . lL:\xe4 d7
7.dxcS aS+ 8 . lL:\c3 xeS 9.0-0
lL\f6 lO.gS lL:\dS l l . lL:\xdS exdS
1 2 . l:t e 1 + Ae6 1 3 . xc 6 + bxc6
1 4 . lL:\d4 xd4 1 5 . xd4 0-0 1 6.l:te3
cS 1 7 .h4 l:tab8 18.,1lf6!! (.0.
1 9.'igS g6 20.h6 +- )

Alekhine's Block

20

1 S . l2JgS bS 1 6. l2Ja3 b4 1 7 . cxb4


l2Jxb 4 1 8 . h S J:,xg S 1 9 . i.xgS
l2Jxd3 20. xd3 aS 2 1 .b4 'iVfS
22. g3 h6 23. l2Jc4 dS 24.l2Je3
bS 25.f6!!

1 8. . .gxf6 1 9Jlg3+ , 1 -0
Position II

2S . . .xhS 26.xg7+ Wh8 27.xf7+


g8 28Jg7+ wh8 29. xb7+ Wg8
30.llg7+ Wh83 1 . l!gS+ wh7 32.xhS
wg6 33.nh3 wxf6 34.nxh6+ wgs
3S.h3 eb8 36Jlg3+ wf6 37JU3+
Wg6 3 8.a3 aS 39.bxaS xaS 40. l2Jc4
lldS 41 .f4 l2Jd7 42Jhe6+ wgS
,
l Af3!1 2.gxf3 (2 .g3 xh2+! -+ ; 43.g3 1 -0
2. d3 h6 3.h3 J:,xg2 -+ ) h6
Game 1 9
3.r!e1 xh2+ 4.wfl h3+ S.Wg1
Byrne-Evans,
h1 #, 0-1
...

New York 1 965

1 .e4 cS 2. l2Jf3 a6 3. l2Jc3 d6 4.d4


cxd4 S .l2Jxd4 l2Jf6 6.AgS e6 7.f4
Torre-Em. Lasker,
b6 8. d2 xb2 9 . b 1 a3
Moscow 1925
dxeS 1 1 .fxeS l2Jfd7 1 2. J:,c4
l .d4 l2Jf6 2. l2Jf3 e6 3 . J:,gS cS 4.e3 1 0.eS
i,b 4 1 3 . b3 'ia5 1 4 . 0 -0 0 - 0
cxd4 S.exd4 e7 6. l2Jbd2 d6 7.c3
15.,1lf6!1
l2J b d7 8 . .,t d 3 b6 9 . l2J c 4 J:,b7
10. e2 c7 1 1 .0-0 0-0 1 2JUe1
(see next diagram)
fe8 1 3 . ad1 l2Jf8 1 4 . .,tc1 lt:JdS
Game 1 8

Alekhine's Block

21

After 1 4.f6!!

1 S . . . gxf6 1 6 . h6 xeS 1 7 . lLlfS


exfS 18.l2Je4 Ad2 19. lLlxd2 d4+
20.Wh1 lLleS 2 1 . l'lg3+ l2Jg4 22.h3
Game 2 1
eS 23 . l'lf4 e1 + 24. l2Jfl xg3
Zhukov-Makarewicz,
2S . l'lxg 4 + xg4 2 6 . hxg4 l2J d 7
corr. 1 972
27. lLlg3 wh8 28. Ad3 l'lg8 29.AxfS 1 .b4 aS 2 .bS eS 3 . i,b2 d6 4.c4 l2Jd7
!lg6 30. Axg6 fxg6 3 1 . lLle4, 1-0
S.e3 g6 6. l2Jc3 i,g7 7. lLlf3 l2Jgf6
8.i,e2 0-0 9.d4 .l:!.e 8 1 0.0-0 exd4
1 1 . lLlxd4 lLlcS 1 2 .Af3 Ad7 1 3 . lLlb3
Platonov-Efimov,
l2Jxb3 1 4 . axb3 'iic8 1 S .b6 cxb6
Yaroslavl 1 966
1 6. 'iixd 6 l2J g 4 1 7 . i,xg 4 i,xg4
1 .e4 l2Jf6 2 .eS lLldS 3.d4 d6 4.c4 18.xb6 l'la6 1 9.bS l'leS 20.a4
l2Jb6 S.f4 AfS 6. Ad3 i,xd3 7.xd3 Jlf3!!, 0-1
dxeS 8 . fxeS cS 9. lLlf3 e6 1 0 .0-0 l2Jc6
1 1 .lLlc3 lLlxd4 1 2 .i,gS d7 1 3 . lLle4
h6 14.f6!!
Game 20

(see next diagram)

14 . . . c6 1 S . l2Jxd4 cxd4 1 6. Axg7


i,xg7 17.l2Jd6+ wf8 18. l'lxf7+ Wg8
19. 'iig6 l'lh7 20 . .l:!.afl Wh8 2 1 . l:te7
l2Jxc4 2 2 . lLlt7+ Wg8 2 3 . lLlxh6+,
1 -0

final position

Alekhine's Block

22
Game 22

Chiburdanidze-Alexandria,
Tbilisi 1 977
l.lLlf3 cS 2.g3 lLlc6 3 . g2 dS 4 .0-0
e6 S. c4 d4 6.e3 eS 7. exd4 exd4
8. d3 lLlf6 9 . ll e 1 + e7 1 0 . lLleS
lLlxeS ll. !:txeS 0-0 1 2 . lLld2 'i!'fc7
13 .lle1 llb8 14.lLle4 lLlxe4 1 S . Axe4
Ad6 1 6 . 'iiff3 bS 1 7 . cxb S llxbS
1 8.b3 aS 19.dS a4 20.bxa4 b4 1 S . . . g6 1 6 . f5 Axf6 1 7 . exf6 e 5
21 .aS a6 2 2 . AgS lla4 23. lle4
1 8. 'i!'fg4 exd4 1 9 . llxd4 Ab7 20.fxg6
1h3 24 . .tld 1 eS 2 S . 'iiffS d6
fxg6 2 1 . xg6 'itt h 8 2 2 . 'iifh 5 ( .0.
26.Af6!1
23.7 +- ) llxf6 23J;:txf6, 1-0
Game 24

Sax-Sveshnikov,
Hastings 1 977-78
l.e4 cS 2 . ltJf3 lLlc6 3 . AbS lLlf6
4 . ltJc3 lLld4 S . eS lLlxb5 6 . ltJxb5
lLld5 7 . 0-0 a6 8. c4 ltJb6 9 . lLlc3
d5 1 0 .d4 e6 1 1 . Ag5 'iifd7 1 2 .cxd5
lLlxd 5 1 3 . lLlxd 5 'iifxd S 1 4 . dxcS
26 . . . b 8 2 7 . 'iifg S f8 2 8. xg7 xeS 1 S . 'iifc 2 0-0 1 6 JUd1 'iifc 6
Axg7 29. g4 'itt f8 30. 'i!'fxg7+ 'itt e 8 1 7 . ll a c 1 A a 7 1 8 . 'i!'fd 2 'i!'fb 6
19.Af61! C l9 . e7! e 8 2 0 . AcS
3 1 . 'iifg8+ 'ittd7 32. 'iifxf7+ , 1-0
'iifb5 2 1 . xa7 llxa7 22.llc7 'iifb6
Game 23
[ 2 2 . . . h6 2 3 . 'iiff4 ll f 8 2 4 . d 8! ]
Christiansen-Gilden,
23. 'iifd8! 'itt f8 24. l:txf7+ +- , Lein)

USA 1 976
(see next diagram)
l.e4 cS 2 . lLlc3 e6 3. lLlf3 a6 4 .d4
cxd4 S. ltJxd4 b5 6. d3 b7 7.0-0
'iifc7 8. 'i!'fe 2 d6 9.a4 bxa4 10.l:txa4 1 9 . . . h6 C l9 . . . gxf6 2 0 . exf6 'itt h 8
l2Jf6 1 l.g5 e7 1 2.f4 0-0 1 3 .e5 2 1 . lLl e 5 ! , L ein) 2 0 . 'i!'ff4 'iifx b 2
lLldS 14. ltJxd5 xdS 1 5. .1lf61!

Alekhine's Block

23

After 19.f6!!

After 12.f6!!

(20 . . .gxf6 21 .exf6 fixf2+ [2l . . .<h7


22.lt:Je5 , 23 . tLlg4 +- ] 22.<h1
e 3 [ 22 . . . wh7 23 . fi e 4 + w h8
24 .'iYg4 l:.g8 25.:td8 +- ] 23 .ffg4+
.t g 5 24 . l2Jxg 5 'iYxf6 [ 24 . . .' f5
25 .lLlxf7 + ! +- 1 25 . lLlxf7 + w h 7
26.l2Jd6 +- , Lein) 21 .'iYg4 'ifxf2+
22.wh1 g6 23 .'iYb4 .tb6 24 .l:.d2
fie3 25 . l:. c3 a5 26 .'iVxf8 + Wxf8
27.l:.xe3, 1-0

17 . .th5+ we7 18.'iYf3 l:.c6 19.l:.ad1


'iVc8 20 . .t b 2 'if c7 2 1 . e 5 f5
22.ffg3 g6 23 . .tf3 wf7 24 . -'.xc6
'fi'xc6 25.l:.d8 g7 26.l:.xh8 Axh8
27 .l:.d1 .tg7 28. 'ifd3 f8 29. a4
we7 3 0 . ft'd8+ wf7 3 1 . a 5 i. e7
32.fr'h8 tLld7 33. ffxh7+, 1-0
Game 2 6

Korsunsky-Sher,
Alma Alta 1 979

Game 25

1 .e4 c5 2.tLlf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.tLlxd4


Groszpeter-Tomaszewski,
tLl f6 5 .tLl c3 a6 6 . g5 e6 7 . f4
Kecskemet 1 979
ffb6 8 . ft' d 2 ffxb 2 9 . tLlb3 'ii' a 3
1 .e4 tLlf6 2.e5 tLld5 3 . c4 l2Jb6 4 .b3 1 0.d3 l2Jc6 1 1 .0-0 e7 1 2.l:.ae1
c5 5 . .tb2 d6 6.exd6 'iYxd6 7. tLlf3 0- 0 1 3 . e 5 dxe 5 1 4 . fxe 5 tLl d 7
l2J c6 8 . lLl c3 .tg 4 9 . .t e 2 ff d7 t5.Af6!!
1 0 .0-0 l:.d8 1 1 . tLle4 e6 12.Af6!!
(see next diagram)
(see next diagram)
1 5 . . . xf6 1 6. exf6 lt:Jce5 1 7 . l:.e3
1 2 . . . l:.c8 1 3. tLle5 l2Jxe5 1 4 . xe5 tLlxf6 1 8 . l:.xe 5 'ii' e 7 1 9 . 'ii'g 5 h6
f5 1 5 . d 3 x e 4 1 6 . d x e 4 f6 20. fi'h4 l:.e8 21 .l:.e3 d7 22. l:.g3
w rs 23.l:.gf3, 1 -o

Alekhine's Block

24

27 .g3 ttJe4 28.'xa5 llf8 29.''a6


g6 3 0 . lled1 f4 3 1 . llxd 6 fxg3
32. xg7+ h7, 0-1
Position III

After 15 . .J6!!
.

Game27

Seirawan-Christiansen,
USA 1 980
l . c4 ttJf6 2 . lLJ c3 e6 3 . lLJf3 b4
4.c2 0-0 S.a3 xc3 6.x c3 b6
7.b3 b7 8.b2 d6 9.e3 ttJbd7
1 0 . e 2 eS 1 l . d4 ttJe4 1 2 .'tW c2
e7 13 .lld1 llad8 1 4.a1 llfe8
1 5 .0-0 aS 16.llfe1 h6 17.d3 fS
18.c5 bxcS 1 9.dxe5 h8 20.exd6
cxd6 2 1 . fl 'tWf7 2 2 . 'ik'b2 ttJdf6
2 3 . ttJ d 2 d 5 2 4 . lbxe 4 llxe4
25 . lld3 llg4 26.'tWd2 f3!!

l.f6!1 gxf6 ( l . . .h6 2 . g6 +- ;


l . . . lLJxc4 2.g 5 +- ) 2 .lld3 ttJxc4
3. llh3 +Game28

Sveshnikov-Ionov,
Volgodonsk 1 983
1 .e4 cS 2.c3 ttJf6 3.e5 lLJdS 4.d4
cxd4 S. lLJf3 ttJ c6 6.c4 ttJb6 7.b3
d S 8 . exd 6 xd 6 9 . 0 - 0 e 6
1 0. xe6 'tWxe6 1 1 . ttJxd 4 ttJxd4
1 2 .'tWxd4 lld8 1 3 . 'ik'h4 'tWe2 14.d2
e6 1 5 . .t:!.e 1 'tW d 3 1 6 . g 5 ll dS
17. lLJd2 'tWg6 18.ttJe4 h6 19.f6!!
(see next diagram)
1 9 . . . lLJd7 20. llad1 llxd1 2 1 .llxd1
gxf6 ( 2 1 . . . lLJxf6 2 2 . ttJxf6 + 'tWxf6

Alekhine's Block

25

After 19.f6!!

21 . . . lUxf6 22.exf6 d8 23 .fxg7 !le8


24 . e5 f6 25 . h5 l:te7 26. rie1
23 .a4+ +- ) 22.f4 iLe7 23 .c7
b6 27 . lUf5 , 1 -0
0-0 24 . lUg3 ii.d8 25 . xd7 iLb6
26.'iVa4 f5 27 .<it>fl 'iVg5 28.h4 f6
Game30
29 . f4 l:t d 8 3 0 . l:txd 8 + xd8
Kasparov-Kengis,
3 1 .<it>e2 <it>h7 3 2.lUfl c7 33. xc7
Riga 1 995
iLxc7 34.h5 <it>g7 35 .g3 <it>f6 36.f4
1 . e4 c5 2. lUf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4. lUxd4
e5 37. lUe3 <it>e6 38.g4 fxg4 39.f5+
lUc6 5.lUc3 c7 6.iLe2 a6 7.0-0
<it>e7 40. lUxg4 iLd6 4 1 . <it>f3 iLc7
lUf6 8 . <it>h 1 lUxd4 9 . xd4 iLc5
42.<it>e4 ii.d6 43. lUxh6, 1-0
10.d3 h5 1 1 .ii.g5 b5 1 2.f4 b7
1 3 .e5 lUdS 14.lUxd5 iLxdS 1 5 .a4
Game 29
c6 1 6 . iLf3 iLxf3 1 7 Jxf3 bxa4
de Firmian-Sosonko,
18.f5 l:tb8 19.llafl 0-0 20.Af6!!

Lucerne 1 989

l .e4 c5 2. lUf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. lUxd4


lUf6 5 . lUc3 lUc6 6.iLc4 e6 7 . iLe3
JLe 7 8 . e 2 0 - 0 9 . 0 - 0 - 0 d 5
1 0 . iLb3 lUa5 1 1 .e5 lUd7 1 2.f4 ii.b4
1 3 . ii. d 2 lU e S 1 4 . l:t hf1 lU axb3+
1 5 .axb3 a5 1 6. <it>b1 ii.xc3 17.ii.xc3
lUe4 1 8. l:t f3 ii.d7 1 9 . ii. e 1 e8
20. ii.h4 b5 21.Lf6!!
(see next diagram)

20 . . . b5 21 .l:tg3 g6 22. d1 exfS


23.l:txf5 l:tb6 24. xh5, 1 -0

Alekhine's Block

26

Position

The Knight Blocks at


f6 (f3)
t;j

t;j

t;j

IV

t;j

Game 3 1

Alekhine-Yanovsky,
Scheveningen 1 91 3
1 .d4 dS 2.c4 e6 3 . .:Uf3 .:Uf6 4 . .:Uc3
.:Ubd7 S . gS e7 6.e3 0-0 7 . lk1
l tl)f3+!! 2. gxf3 ( 2. h 1 ffh4
c6 8 . d 3 dxc4 9 . xc 4 cu d S
3.h3 .:Ue1 -+ ) ffgS+ 3. h1 xf3 * ,
10.xe7 xe7 1 1 . CH) cuxc3 1 2. .:txc3
eS 1 3 .e4 exd4 14.xd4 .:Ub6 1 S .eS 0-1
.:Uxc4 1 6.xc4 l:td8 17. f4 e6
Game 32
18 . .:UgS .:ds 1 9 .1lg3 .:tad8 20.h3
Alekhine-Euwe,
n ct4 21 . .:Ue4 h8 22. e3 .:t8dS
Hague 1 921
23.tl)f6!!
l .e4 eS 2. .:Uc3 tt:Jf6 3.Ac4 Ab4 4.f4
exf4 5 .e5 V/lie7 6.e2 lt:Jg8 7 . 'LldS
'fllh 4+ 8 . d 1 a S 9 . 'Llf3 ff h S
10.tl)f6+!!
...

23 . . . .:td8 (23 . . . gxf6 24 . 'ifh6 +- )


24 . .:txg 7 xg7 2S . 'if g S + h 8
26 . 'fNh5 ffxf6 27.exf6 .:tg8 28 . .:td1
Ag4 29.hxg4 .!:txd1 + 30.Wh2 .!:td7
1 0 . . . gxf6 1 1 .exf6+ dB 1 2 . .!:te 1 ,
3 1 .f4 b6 32.g5 cS 33.f5 bS 34.g6
1 -0
fxg6 3S.fxg6 .!:txg6 36.'iYe5, 1 -0

Alekhine's Block
Position V

27

20. '2Jg3 (20.gxf3 xf3+ 2 1 .g1


xh 2 + ! -+) l:lh6 2 1 . xf3 exf3
22.'2Jxf5 l:lxh 2 + 23 . g 1 r!xg2+
24.h1 dS, 0-1
Position VI

l lQf3+!! 2 . gxf3 .l;tg S + 3 . f1


h3+ 4. e2 l:leS * , 0-1
...

Game33

Vavrzhinsky-Alekhine,
Prague 1 925
(simultaneous)

l lQf3+!! 2.gxf3 h4 3.l:lh1 ilxh3


4.d2 l:lf6 S.l:lhg1 ilfl * , 0-1

1 .e4 dS 2.exd5 '2Jf6 3 . b5+ d7


4. ilxd7 + xd7 S . c4 c6 6 . dxc6

Game34

...

Salomonovich-Alekhine,
lL:Jxc6 7 . lLlf3 eS 8 . 0-0 e4 9 . l:l e 1
Maravska Ostrava 1 925
0-0-0 1 0 . lLlg5 fS 1 1 . '2Jh3 cS
(simultaneous)
1 2 . lLl c 3 l:l h e8 1 3 . lLl d 5 lL:JxdS
1 4.cxd5 l:lxdS 1 5 .a3 .l;td3 16JU1 1 . e4 e S 2 . lLl f3 lL:Jc6 3 . b 5 a6
lL:Jd4 1 7 .h1 d6 1 8 . lLlg 1 lle6 4. ila4 '2Jf6 5 . 0-0 cS 6.c3 ila7
7.d4 lL:Jxe4 8.d5 liJe7 9 . liJxe5 0-0
19. lLle2 'Llf3!!
1 0 . liJd2 d6 1 1 . '2Jxe4 dxeS 1 2 .d6
cxd6 1 3 . liJxd6 LtJfS 14. liJxc8 !!xc8
1 5 . d7 lLlh4 16.xc8 xc8 17.'Ye2
fS 1 8 . h 1 e 4 1 9 . e 3 il b 8
20 .l:lad1 'Llf3!!
(see next diagram)

2 1 .h3 eS 22 .g3 hS 23 .h4 g4,


0-1

Alekhine' s Block

28

After 20 . ..l2Jf3 ! !

14 . . . it.xf6 (14 . . . gxf6 1 5 .gxf6 tt:JaS


[15 . . . it.xf6? 1 6 . e 4 +- ] 1 6 .fxe7
Position VII
'iWxe7 17.xb7 tt:Jxb7 18.it.g5 f6
19.it.h6 l:tg8 20.0-0-o lLld6 21 .l:the1
, Alekhine) 1 5 .gxf6 gxf6 16.'iWh4
'iWd8 1 7 . it.f4 eS 18.g3 fS 1 9.dxe5
g8 20 . f3 'iWd3 21 . .i.e 2 'iWe4
22.'ixe4 fxe4 23. it.h4 h6 24 .0-0-0
l:tae8 25 . f6 + h7 26 .f4 exf3
27.xf3 tt:JaS 28. it.xb7 tt:Jxb7 29.l:td7
tt:JcS 30.l:txf7+ g6 3 1 . l:txc7 lLld3+
32.b1 fS 33. l:td1 lUxeS 34. l:tfl +
e4 35. l:txa7 lLl c4 36.d7 e3
l ...lQf3+!! 2. gxf3 it.xf3 + 3 . g3
xg3+ 4. hxg3 xg3+ s .h2 xf2 37.l:te1 + f3 38.l:txe8 l:txe8 39. l:td4
lLle3 40.l:th4 tt:JfS 41 .l:tb4, 1 -0
6. h3 l:txh3+ 7. xh3 h8 * 0-1
,

Game 35

Alekhine-Euwe, (m/7)
Utrecht 1 935
(world championship)

Game 36

Alekhine-de Kossio
San Sebastian 1944
(blindfold simultaneous)
'

1 .e4 eS 2.lLl c3 it.cS 3 . it.c4 lLle7 4.d3


lLlbc6 S . 'tWhS 0-0 6.it.g5 e8 7. tt:Jf3
dxe4 5. a3 it.e7 6. tt:Jxe4 lLl c6 7 . g4
tt:Jg6 8.tt:Jd5 b6 9.lQf6+!!
b6 8 . it.g2 it.b7 9 . c3 tt:Jf6 1 0 . lLl 2g3
0 - 0 1 1 . g 5 lLlxe4 1 2. lLlxe4 h8
(see next diagram)
1 3.h5 'ie8 14.lQf6!!
l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3. lLlc3 it.b4 4. lLlge 2

Alekhine's Block

29

tbe7 16. tt:Jde4 tt:Jed5 1 7 .fe1 h6


18.tt:Jxf6+tt:Jxf619.tt:Je4 tt:Jd5 20.'iWd2
d6 2l . tbg3 tt:J f6 22. e 2 a c8
23 .llae1 d5 24 .b1 llfd8 25 . lle3
aS 26.tt:Je2 b4 27. g3 ..t>f8 28 .tt:Jf4
bxc3 29 .bxc3 'iW c6 30.'iWd1 e4
3 1 . tbh5 xb1 32. tt:Jxf6 Ag6 33.d5
exd5 34.tt:Jxd5 lld7 35. ge3 cd8
36.'iWf3 'iWb7 37.tDf6!!
9 . . . gxf6 10. xf6 (6 1 1 .'iWh6 +- ;
1 1 . tbg5 + - ), 1 -0
Position VIII

37 . . . 'iWc8 38.lle8+ xe8 39.!!xe8+


'iWxe8 40 . tt:Jxe 8 ..t>xe8 4 1 . 'iWa8+
..t>e7 4 2. 'iWxa 5 e4 43 . 'iWb4 f5
44 .a4 b7 45 . 'iWd4 llb1 + 46 . ..t>h2
ll b 2 4 7 . 'iWxg 7+ ..t>e6 48 . 'iWxh6 +
l tDf3+!! 2. gxf3 ( 2.<1t>h 1 .!:t h 5
..t> d 5 49.'iWe3 ..t>c4 50.'iWd4+ ..t>b3
3.h3 Axh3 -+) g5 + 3 . ..t>h1 'iWxf3 * ,
5 1 . 'iWxd6 ..t>xa4 5 2.h4 ..t>b3 53.h5
0- 1
..t>xc3 54.h6 b7 55 .f3, 1 -0
...

Game 3 7

Torre-Duz-Khotimisky,
Moscow 1 925

Game 38

Klovans-Przhiby 1,
Hungary 1 970

1 . d4 tt:Jf6 2. tt:Jf3 b5 3 . iH4 b7


1 . e 4 c5 2 . tt:Jf3 d6 3 . d 4 cxd4
4. tt:Jbd2 e6 5. e3 a6 6. d3 c5 7 . c3
4. tt:Jxd4 tt:Jf6 5 . tt:J c3 a6 6.e2 e6
tt:Jc6 8.'iWe2 Ae7 9.h3 0-0 10.0-0
7. 0-0 e7 8.f4 'iWc7 9 . ..t>h1 0-0
'iWb6 1 l . Ag5 cxd4 1 2.exd4 tt:Jd5
1 0.'iWe1 b5 1 l . f3 Ab7 1 2.e5 dxe5
13.e4 xg5 14.tt:Jxg5 tt:Jf6 1 5 .d3

Alekhine's Block

30

1 3 .fxe 5 ltJ fd 7 1 4 . Axb 7 xb7


1 5 .'ifg3 'ff c7 16. Af4 wh8 17.4Je4
ltJ c6 18. ltJf3 ltJb4 19.tLlf6!!

Position X

Furman-Klovan, Moscow 1964

19 .. J:ta7 20 J:tad1 c4 21 .b3 c8


22. ltJh5 g6 23. Ag5 Axg5 24. 4Jxg5
xc2 25.f4 gxh5 26. 4Jxf7+ l:txf7
27 .xf7 c8 28.xe6 4J c6 29. l:t cl
l::!. c7 3 0 . d6 Wg8 3 l . e6 ltJde5
32.l::!.f5 ltJg6 33.l:tf7 l:txf7 34.exf7+
wxf7 35. l:txc6 e8 36. f6+ wg8
37. e6+ xe6 38. 1!xe6, 1-0
Position

IX

l ... fLlf3!! 2.g3 (2.gxf3 l:th6 3. h3


Axf3 + -+ ) l:t h 6 3 . h 3 l:txh3+

4.Axh3 h6, 0- 1
Game 39

Yurtaev-Donchenko,
Alma-Ata 1 979
1 . ltJf3 ltJf6 2.g3 d5 3.Ag2 e6 4.0-0
Ae7 5 .d3 c5 6. 4Jbd2 ltJ c6 7.e4
dxe4 8.dxe4 0-0 9.e5 ltJd5 10.e 2
b6 1 1 . a3 ltJc7 1 2.l:t d1 a6 1 3 . c4
fr'e8 14 .b3 l:td8 1 5 . it,b2 b5 16.4Je4
bxc4 1 7.bxc4 lhd1 + 18. l:txd1 wh8
19.tLlf6!!

...

fLlf3+!! 2. gxf3 fr'g6+ 3 . W h 1

ltJg3+ 4.hxg3 'ffx c2 -+

Alekhine's Block

31

1 9 . . . 'ti'b8 20 . 4JgS il.x f6 2l . exf6


4Jd4 22.il.xd4 cxd4 23 .hS , 1 -0
Position XI

After 17.4Jf6+ ! !

l!d8 26 . xa6 e2 27 ..!:H1 l::td 1


28. a8+ l!d8 29 .c6 b4 30.a4
d3 3 1. . tl c1 \WdS 3 2.b3 e4
Armas-Hongyuk, Mexico 1980
3 3 . c2 xc2 34J lxc2 fS 3 S . f4
1.6+!! gxf6 2.xh6 xd3 3 . tte3 <it>f7 3 6 . g 4 kid S 3 7 . gxfS .llxfS
38. ttd2 ttf6 39. l:ld7+ <it>g8 40.fS
xc2 4.h3 h7 S.fS , 1 -0
llxfS 41 . tte7 4Jxg7 42. llxg7+ <it>h8
Game 40
43. ll c7 Wg8 44.xcS llgS+ 4S . <it>f2

Karpov-Kortchnoi, (m/14)
Merano 1 981
(world championship)

!lg6 46.e3, 1 -0
Position XII

l .e4 eS 2. 4Jf3 4Jc6 3.bS a6 4 . il.a4


cuf6 S . 0-0 4Jxe4 6.d4 bS 7 . b3
dS 8.dxeS il.e6 9. 4Jbd2 LUeS 10.c3
d4 l l .il.xe6 4Jxe6 1 2. cxd4 4Jcxd4
13.4Je4 il.e7 14.il.e3 4Jxf3+ 1S .xf3
o-o 16.fd1 e8 17.f6+!!
(see next diagram)

17 . . . j,xf6 18.exf6 c8 1 9 .fxg7 ttd8


Krstic- Milicevic, Yugoslavia 1984
20.h4 cS 21 . ttac1 c7 22.hS eS
23.h6 fixb2 24. ttd7 ttxd7 25 .xa8+ l .f6!! gxf6 ( l . . . h6 2. l:lxh6+
gxh6 3 . h 1 +- ) 2. gxf6 dB

Alekhine's Block

32

(2 . . Jhb 1 3 . 'tW h 6 +- ) 3 . l:.xh7+ 1 5.J.g5 c8 16.d5 4Jcd4 17.4Jxd4


hd1 1 8 .'ff x d1 4Jxd4 19./Lif6+!!
xh7 4.h6+ !, 1 -0
Game 4 1

Timman-Portisch,
London 1 982
1 .d4 4Jf6 2. c4 e6 3.lLlf3 b6 4.g3
J.b7 5. J.g2 J.e7 6.0-0 0-0 7 . d5
exd S 8 . 4J h 4 c6 9 . cxd 5 ltJxdS
1 0 . 4Jf5 J.f6 1 1 . l:. e 1 J.a6 1 2.e4
4Je7 1 3 . 4Je3 J.eS 1 4 . 4Jg4 J. c7
1 5 .e5 dS 16.J.g5 J. c8 17./Lif6+!!

1 9 . .. gxf6 20 .J.xf6 'iffS 21 .J.xd4


l:.fd8 22.J. c3 J. cS 23 . 'ife 2 bS
24.d6 l:.ab8 25 . J.h3 'ifgS 26.d7
J.f8 27 . l:. e 1 h6 28 . e 4 J.g7
29.'ife8+ h7 30.'ifxf7 l:.f8 3 l .J.f5 +
h8 32.l:.e8, 1 -0
Position XIII

17 . . . h8 1 8 . 4J c3 4Ja6 19 . ltJfxdS
cxdS 20 . 4Jxd5 J.e6 21 .J.xe7 'id7
22.4Jxc7 xc7 23.J.d6 c4 24.J.fl ,
1-0
Game 42

Ftacnik-Miralles,
Lion 1 988

l..evenfish-Ryumin,
Moscow 1936

1 . lLlf3 dS 2.d4 cS 3 . c4 e6 4 . cxd5


exdS 5 .g3 c4 6.4Jc3 4J c6 7.J.g2 1./Lif6+!! gxf6 2.exf6 'f!VhS 3. 'ifxf8+
J.b4 8 . 0 - 0 4J g e 7 9 . e 4 dxe4 wxf8 4.l:.d8 # , 1 -0
1 0 . 4Jxe4 0-0 1 1 . a3 J.aS 1 2. VWa4
J.g4 1 3 . J.e3 J.b6 14.l:.ad1 ltJfS

Alekhine's Block

The Queen Blocks at


f6 (f3)

33

8.cxd5 Ab4+ 9.fl xd5 10.c2


e8 l l .ltJc3 lLlxc3 1 2.bxc3 Wxf3!!

Game43

Brinkmann-Alekhine,
Riga 1 921
l .d4 'L:lf6 2. 'Llf3 b6 3.g3 b7 4.g2
d6 5.b3 'Llbd7 6.b2 e5 7.dxe5
dxe5 8.0-0 e4 9.'Lle5 i,d6 1 0 . 'Llxd7
xd7 1 1 . 'Lld2 e6 1 2.e3 h5 1 3 .e2
h4 1 4 . 'Llc4 c5 1 5 . :!lfd 1 d5
16.'Lla3 hxg3 17.hxg3 a6 18.c4 i,b7
19.'Llc2 f5 20.a3 xa3 21 . 'Llxa3
'Llg4 22. 'Llc 2 n h 2 23 .d2 e7
24 . 'Llb4 llah8 25 .e2 "f3!!, 0-1

13.cxb4 'Llc6 14.b2 'Llxb4 15.7+


h8 16.gxf3 h3+ 1 7 . g1 'Llxc2
18.xc2 .ld.e 2 1 9 J'k1 l'be8 20 .c3
n8e3 21 .b4 !!xf3 22.d1 f6
0-1
'

Game45

MacDonnell-Boden,
London 1 830

final position

Game44

Yanovsky-Marshall,
Biarritz 1 912

1 .e4 e5 2.c4 c5 3.b4 xb4 4.c3


c5 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 b4+ 7. fl
aS 8.h5 d5 9. xd5 e7 10.a3
'L:lf6 1 1 .xf7+ xf7 1 2.xa5 'L:lc6
13.a4 'Llxe4 14. 'Llf3 d7 1 5 . l2Jbd2
'Llxd 2+ 1 6 . 'Llxd 2 0-0-0 1 7 . .btb 1
d5 1 8 . 'Llf3 f5 1 9 . I!d1 !:the8
20. c5 "xf3!!
(see next diagram)

21 .gxf3 h3+ 22. g1 e6 23 .c2


1 .e4 e5 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3 . 'Llxe5 d6 4. lLlf3 xd4 24. xd4 'Llxd4, 0-1
'Llxe4 5.d4 d5 6.d3 i,d6 7.c4 0-0

Alekhine's Block

34

tt:lxe 4 1 6 . xg 7 tt:lxd 2 1 7 . h6
tt:lxf3+ 18. xf3 tOeS 1 9.f4 tt:lxd3
20. 1ff6!1, 1 -0

After 20

. . .

'ifxf3!!

Position XIV

final position

Game47

Feldman-Tseitlin,
USSR 1 971
l . e4 g6 2.d4 g7 3 . tt:lc3 c6 4. lt:lf3
d6 5 . g3 g4 6.g2 b6 7 . d5
b4 8 . 0 - 0 xc 3 9 . bxc 3 xe4
Steinitz-Brackenborough, Baltimore
1885 (blindfold simultaneous)

l.tWxf6!! gxf6 2..h6+ g8 3 . lle3


c7 4 J g3+ 'tWxg3 S . 'Lle7 =:, 1 -0
Game46

Carstens-Uhlrich,
Swinemunde 1 932
1 . d4 tUf6 2. lU f3 g6 3 . e3 g7
4. d3 d6 5 . 0-0 0-0 6.c 3 lt:Jbd7
7 . e 4 c6 8 . b 3 'tWc7 9 . Aa3 lle8
1 0 . lt:lbd 2 c S 1 1 . i. b 2 a6 1 2. ll c 1
b S 1 3 . ll e 1 l:tb8 1 4 .c4 b4 1 5 . d5

10.h3 xf3 1 1 . xf3 a4 1 2.l:tb1


a6 1 3 . d4 lt:lf6 14.l:te1 tt:lbd7
1 5 . l:txb7 cS 16. 1fxf6!1

35

Alekhine's Block

Position XV

1 6 . . . 0-0-0 (16 . . . 0-0 1 7 . 'f!ixe7 'f!ixb7


18.h6, 19.g4 +- , Lein) 17Jhe7
'f!lxb7 18.g4 'f!lxd5 19.nxd7 llxd7
20.xh 8 + we7 2 1 . xd7 wxd7
22. iti4 'f!id1 + 23.g2 'f!idS+ 24.h2
'f!ixa2 25 . 'f!ib8 'f!la6 26.h4 f6 27. 'f!if8
fS 2 8 . 'f!if7 + c6 29 . 'flie6 b S
30.xd6, 1 -0
Game 48

Sosonko-Helmers,
Reykjavik 1 980
1 .d4 tt:Jf6 2.e4 e6 3. lLlf3 b6 4.g3 a6
S . lZJbd2 eS 6.e4 b7 7.d5 exdS
8.exd5 e7 9.J,g2 d6 10.0-0 0-0
1 1 .b3 lZJbd7 1 2 . J,b2 neB 1 3. 'e2
h6 1 4 . n ae 1 'f!ie7 1 5 . tt:J h4 f8
16. tt:Je4 tt:Jxe4 17.J,xe4 J,e7 18. lZJf5
J,f6 1 9 . 1l e 2 hS 2 0 . 1lfe 1 J,xb2
2 1 . 'f!ixb2 tt:Jf6 22.e2 nxe2 23 . ttxe2
lleB 24. xf6!!

24 . . . gxf6 2S . .!:!.x e8+, 1 -0

l f3!! 2 . gxf3 tt:Jef3 + 3 . h 1


...

h3, 4 . . . g2 #
Game 49

Petrosian-Ivanovic,
Bar 1 980
1 .e4 e6 2. lLlf3 dS 3.b3 eS 4.e3 tt:Je6
5.exd5 exd5 6.b2 tt:Jf6 7.b5 e7
8.0-0 0-0 9.d4 g4 lO.dxeS xeS
1 1 . lLle3 !!c8 1 2.J,e2 d6 13 .!!cl
bB 14.!!e1 !!e8 1 5.g3 h5 16. tt:Ja4
'f!le7 17.tt:Jh4 tt:Je5 18 . .!:!.xe8 !!xeS
1 9 . lLJe3 'f!ib4 2 0 . 'f!id4 aS 2 1 . f3
J,h3 2 2 . !!d1 a7 2 3 . 'flixe5 l:!.e8
24.'@xf6U

36

Alekhine's Block

24 . . . gxf6 25 . 'Llxd5 l:txe3 26. 'Llxb4


l:txe 2+ 27 . Ad4 Axd4+ 28.l:txd4
axb4 29.l:txb4 l:txa2 30. l:txb7 Wg7
3 1 .l:tb5 l:tb2 3 2. .:txh5 .:tb1 + 33. Wf2
l:tb2+ 34.We1 l:tb1 + 35 .Wd2 .:txb3
36.g4 Afl 37.We1 Aa6 38. Wf2
Ab7 3 9 . l:tc5 Wg8 40. Wg3 Wf8
4 1 . l:tf5 Wg7 4 2J U4 Ac8 43 . l:t c4
Ae6 44 .lk5 l:td3 4 5 . l:t c 2 l:ta3
46. .:td2 Ac8 47.l:td8 l:tc3 48J :te8
w h 6 4 9 . l:t e 7 f5 5 0 . g 5 + wxg5
5Lxf7 Ae6 5 2.l:tg7+ wf6 53. l:ta7
d5 54Jb 6+ c6 55 . .:ta5 d7
56Jld5 e6 57.l:td2 f7 58 . 'Llg2
h 5 5 9 . !H2 f7 6 0 . 'Llf4 l:t c8
61 .l:tb2 l:tc6 62.h4 .:ta6 63. l:tb8
nc6 64 . .:t h 8 wg7 6 5 . .:t d8 wf6
66. 'Llh3 We7 67 . .:th8 d5 68.l:th7+
wf6 69. 'Llf4 l:tc5 7 0 . l:th6+ Wg7
71 . .:tg6+ wf7 72.l:td6 a8 73.'Llh3
l:tc6 74 . 'Llg5 + we7 7 5 . r!d5 wf6
76J:td8 .:ta6 77 .l:th8 Wg7 78. l:th7+
Wg8 79. l:td7 l:t a 5 8 0 . W f4 c6
81 .l:tc7 e8 82. 'Lle6 h5 83. l:tg7+
h8 84 . l:td7 l:ta6 85 . 'Lld4 l:ta3
86 . .llb7 l:ta4 87. e5 l:txd4 88. xd4
+- (1 -0/1 23)

1 2. . . gxf6 1 3 . lLld5 W/a7 1 4 . 'Llxf6+


Wd8 1 5 . lLld5+ we8 1 6 . 'Llf6+ wd8
1 7 . 'Lld5 + , 1/2-1/2

.------.

The Queen Blocks at


g6 (g3)

'if

'if

'if

'if

L..._________
.._
__J

Game 5 1

Levitsky -Marshall ,
Breslau 1 91 2

l .d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3 . 'Llc3 c5 4. lLlf3


'Llc6 5.exd5 exd5 6.e2 'Llf6 7 .0-0
e 7 8 . g 5 0 - 0 9 . dxc 5 e 6
Game 50
1 0 . 'Lld4 xc5 1 1 .lLlxe6 fxe6 1 2. g4
Ljubojevic-Gelfand,
'ff d6 13 .h3 l:tae8 14.'ffd 2 b4
Novi Sad 1 990
15.xf6 l:t xf616 . .:tad1 'ffc5 17. 'ffe 2
l .e4 c5 2. 'Llf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4 . 'Llxd4 xc3 18.bxc3 W/xc3 1 9. l:txd5 lLld4
'Llf6 5 . 'Llc3 a6 6 . g 5 e6 7 . f4 20 . W/h5 l:tef8 21 .l:te5 l:th6 22. W/g5
cubd7 8.'fff3 W/c7 9.e2 b5 1 0.f5 l:txh3 23.l:tc5 1Jg31! (24. fxg3 'Lle 2+
b4 1 1 .fxe6 lUeS 12. 1Jxf6!!
-+ 24 . hxg 3 'Lle 2:11: ; 24 . W/xg3

Alekhine' s Block

37

'De2+ 25.h1 tt:Jxg3+ 26.g1 tt:Jxfl 1 6 . . . h8 (16 . . . fxg6 17. 'De7+ h8


-+,Marshall), 0-1
18. tt:Jxg6 * ) 17. lt:Je7 'l1Wx e7 18.dxe7
fxg6 1 9 . lt:Je5 , 1-0
Game 53

Alekhine-Supiko,
Lisbon 1 941
(blindfold simultaneous)
l . e4 e 5 2.d4 exd4 3 . c3 dxc3
4. tt:Jxc3 b4 5.c4 V/lie7 6.lt:Jge2
tt:Jf6 7 . 0 - 0 0-0 8.g5 'llWe S 9 . xf6
final position
'l1Wxf6 1 0 . 'Dd5 'l1Wd6 1 1 .e 5 'llWc S
1 2.c1 'llWa S 1 3 .a3 xa3 1 4 . bxa3
c6 1 5 . 'De7+ h8 1 6 . 'l1Wd6 'l1Wd8
Game 52
1 7 . tt:Jd4 b6 1 8 . 1lc3 c5 1 9 . 'Ddf5
Alekhine-NN,
a6 20.1Vg6!! (20 ... hxg6 21 . !lh3 * ;
Moscow 1 911
20 . . .fxg6 21 . 'Dxg6+ hxg6 22. !lh3+
(simultaneous)
'l1Wh4 23 .1lxh4 * ; 20 ... !1g8 21 . 'llWxh 7+
l .e4 e5 2. 'Df3 tt:Jc6 3 .c4 c5 4.c3
xh7 22.1lh3 * ), 1-0
tt:Jf6 5 .d4 exd4 6.0-0 0-0 7.cxd4
b6 8 .d5 'De7 9 .e5 'DeB 1 0 .d6
cxd6 1 1 .exd6 tt:Jg6 1 2.g5 tt:Jf6
1 3 . 'Dc3 h6 14.'l1Wc 2 hxg5 1 5 . 'l1Wxg6
'Dh7 16.ti}d5!! (a Queen's Block by
transposition)

final position

Alekhine' s Block

38

Game 54

Mieses-NN,
1 900
(simultaneous)
1 .e4 e5 2. lt:J c3 lt:Jf6 3.Ac4 lt:Jxe4
4 . 'euhs lt:Jd6 s . Ab3 Ae7 6.d3 o-o
7. lt:Jf3 lt:J c6 8 . lt:Jg5 h6 9.h4 lt:Je8
1 0. lt:Jd5 lt:Jf6 11.1fg6!1 ( l l . . .fxg6
1 2.lt:Jxe7+ h8 1 3 . lt:Jxg6:= ), 1 -0
1 8 . . . hxg6 1 9.lt:Jxg6 fxg6 20.Axc4+,
1 -0
Game 56

Capablanca-Campos,
Sao Paulo 1927
(simultaneous)

final position

Game 55

Fox-Bauer,
Antwerp 1 901

1 .e4 b6 2.d4 Ab7 3.Ad3 e6 4. lt:Jf3


cS 5.0-0 cxd4 6. lt:Jxd4 lt:Je7 7.ltJc3
lt:J g 6 8 . A e 3 A c S 9 . 'fh 5 0 - 0
1 0 . :t a d 1 Axd 4 1 1 . Axd 4 ltJ c6
1 2. Ae3 eS 1 3 . Ac4 h8 14.l:td6
'ife7 1 5 . l:tfdl l:tad8 1 6 . Ag5 f6
17.Wxg6!1

1 .e4 e5 2. lZ'lf3 ltJc6 3.Ab5 lLlf6 4.0-0


lt:Jxe4 5 J l e 1 lt:Jd6 6 . lt:Jxe 5 Ae7
7 . .tf1 0 -0 8 . d 4 lt:J fS 9 . c3 d S
1 0 .d3 r!e8 l l .f4 lt:Jd6 1 2. r! e3
lt:Ja5 1 3 . lt:Jd2 lt:JfS 1 4 . r! h3 lt:Jh4
15 .g4 lt:Jg6 1 6.l:th5 lt:Jc6 17.lt:Jdc4
dxc4 18. Wxg6!1
(see next dia gram)

17 . . . hxg6 18.l:t6d3 l:tt7 (18 .. . d5!?,


Lein) 19.lLld5 fVcS 20.l:th3+ 'it>g8

Alekhine's Block

39

Position XVI

21 .lLlxf6+ f8 (21 . . .gxf6 22. xf6


+- ) 22. ll h8 + <J;;e 7 23 . ll e 8 +
(23. . .llxe8 24.llxd7+ Wf8 25 .!txf7 :11: ) ,
1 -0
Game 57

Makagonov-Friedstein,
Tbilisi 1 946
l .d4 lLlf6 2.e3 d5 3 . lLld2 c5 4.c3
V/lic7 5 . lLl gf3 lLl bd7 6 . d 3 e5
7.dxe5 lUxeS 8. lLlxe5 V//ix e5 9. lLlf3
Delecta-Geller,
Capelle
la Grande 1992
V//ic7 10 .b3 e7 1 1 .c4 dxc4 1 2.bxc4
0-0 1 3 . 0 -0 g4 1 4 . b 2 .ll ad8
l . Vxg3!! 2.hxg3 g5 ( 3 . . J1h6:: ) ,
1 5 .V//ic 2 xf3 16.gxf3 h6 17 . .ll a b1
lLl e B 1 8 . e 4 b 6 1 9 . f 4 f6 0-1
20 . c 1 ttJd6 21 .f3 .ll fe8 22. l::t b3
Game 58
lLlb7 23.d2 llb8 24 . d5 lLld8
Dubinin-Secci,
25 .e4 ttJe6 26.e5 ttJd4 27.VWg6!!
..

corr. 1 959-61

l .e4 e5 2. lLlf3 ttJc6 3 . b5 a6 4. a4


ttJf6 5.0-0 e7 6. xc6 dxc6 7. d3
lLld7 8.b3 0-0 9.b2 d6 10. lLlbd2
c5 l l .a4 lle8 1 2.lLlc4 f6 1 3 . lLlh4
lLlf8 1 4 . lLlf5 e6 1 5 . lLlce3 ttJg6
16.g4 h8 17 .g3 V//id7 18 .f4 g8
19.hl llaf8 20 Jlf3 b5 21 .tWxg6!!

27 . . . V//id7 (27 . . . lLlxb3 28. exf6 +- )


28 . V//ig 2 e7 29. llh3 lLlf5 30.c3
f8 31 .c6 V/lie6 3 2. xe8 nxe8
33.d5 g6+ 34.h1 g4 35.lld3
V/lie 2 36.lle1 'flixf2 37. llf3 xa2
38.e6 ttJh4 39. llf2 xf2 40 .exf7+ ,
1 -0

Alekhine's Block

40

21 . . .c4 (21 . . .hxg6 22.g4! + -, Lein)


22.bxc4 b8 23. g4 bxc4 24.fxe5
fxe5 25 . it.c3 cxd3 26. d 1 dxc2
27. Ci:Jxc 2 xa 4 28 . Ci:Jxd6 xc2
29 . .l:ld 2 cxd 6 3 0 . xe 6 xe4
31 .d5 g4 3 2.g2 gf8 33. df2
!!xf3 3 4 . rtxf3 g6 3 5 . it.b4 hS
36 .xd6 c2 + 3 7 . ii. d 2 l:lc 8
38.d7 b8 39.e3 b2 40.h3,
1 -0

Game 60

Stanishewsky -Senterev,
corr. 1 966
1 .e4 eS 2.f4 exf4 3 .Ci:Jf3 Ae7 4.Ac4
Ci:Jf6 5 .'ife2 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7 .d4 kg4
8.Axf4 ltJc6 9.c3 'ifd7 1 0 . ltJbd2
ad8 1 l . acl c8 1 2.h3 kd7
1 3 . it.b5 a6 1 4 . ka4 ltJxd4 1 5 .d1
ltJxf3+ 1 6.gxf3 Axh3 1 7 . f2 bS
1 8 . it.b3 b7 19.h2 kc8 20.[2
ltJd7 21 .'ig1 Ci:JcS 22.Vg6!!

Game 59

Bronstein-Geller,
Moscow 1961
1 . d4 ltJf6 2.c4 e6 3.Ci:Jc3 kb4 4.a3
xc3+ 5.bxc3 0-0 6.f3 dS 7.cxd5
exd S 8 . e 3 ii.fS 9 . Ci:Je 2 ltJ b d 7
1 0 .Ci:Jf4 c 5 1 1..d3 ii.xd3 1 2.'xd3
.bte8 1 3 . 0 -0 llc8 1 4 . b 1 'lW a S
1 5 .1!xb7 Ci:Jb6 16.g4 h6 17 .h4 cxd4
18.g5 dxe3 19.gxf6 xc3 20.Vg6!!, 22. . . ttJd3+ 23. g3, 1 -0
1 -0
Game 61

Rossolimo-Reissman,
San Juan 1 967

final position

1 .e4 eS 2. ltJf3 ltJc6 3 . kc4 AcS 4.c3


ltJf6 5 .d4 exd4 6.cxd4 kb4+ 7 . kd2
ii.xd2+ 8.ltJbxd2 dS 9.exd5 ltJxdS
1 0.b3 ltJce7 1 1 .0-0 c6 1 2. fe 1
0-0 1 3 .a4 b6 1 4 . ltJe5 kb7 1 5 .a5
l:!.c 8 1 6 . ltJ e 4 c 7 1 7 . a 6 A a 8
18.h3 ltJf4 19.g4 ltJedS 20. a3
ltJe6 2l . Axd5 cxdS 22. ltJf6+ h8
23.Vg6!!

Alekhine's Block

41

Game 63

Daskalov-Padevsky,
Sofia 1 971

23 . . . c2 24 Jlh3 , 1-0
Game 62

Gufeld-Tarve,
Tallin 1 969
l .e4 eS 2. lt:Jc3 lt:Jf6 3 . c4 lt:Jxe4
4.h5 lt:Jd6 s.b3 e7 6. lt:Jf3 0-0
7.h4 lt:Jc6 8.lt:Jg5 h6 9.'trg61!

1 .e4 cS 2.lt:Jf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4. lt:Jxd4


a6 s.d3 c7 6.0-0 lt:Jc6 7. lt:Jxc6
bxc6 8.c4 lt:Jf6 9 .e2 eS 1 0 .b3 cS
1 1 .e3 xe3 1 2.xe3 d6 1 3 . lt:Jc3
0-0 1 4 . llfd 1 e6 1 5 . f1 !Ud8
1 6 . ac 1 b8 1 7 .g3 lt:Jd7 1 8 . lt:Ja4
cS 1 9 . d3 lt:J b 6 20 . lt:J c 3 a 7
21 .'iWd 2 lt:Jc8 22.f4 f6 23 .f5 f7
24. lt:Ja4 l:bd7 25 .g4 lt:Je7 26.g5 fxgS
27 .xgS lt:Jc6 28 J::tg3 e8 29 .lt:Jc3
lt:Jd4 30.lt:Jd5 f7 3 1 . lt:Jf6+ wh8
32. tWg6!!, 1-0

final position

9 . . . .,txg5 10.hxg5 xgS 1 1 . xg5


hxgS 1 2.d3 lt:JfS 1 3 . xg5 lt:Jcd4
1 4 . lt:J d5 lt:Jxb 3 1 5 . lt:J f6 + gxf6
16.xf6 lt:Jg7 17.axb3 e8 18.g4
(18. a4 e4 19.dxe4 bS! oo) e6
1 9.g5 b6 20.We2 e4 21 .d4 e3 22.f3
dS 23 . h4 .,ta6+ 24.c4, 1 -0

Game 64

Podgacts-Gusev,
USSR 1 974
1 . lt:Jf3 dS 2.g3 lt:Jf6 3 . g2 .,tfS 4.b3
e6 s . b2 e7 6 . 0-0 0-0 7 . d3
a S 8.a4 h6 9. lt:Jbd2 lt:Jbd7 10.e3
h7 1 1 . e2 lt:JcS 1 2. lt:Je5 lt:Jfd7
1 3 . lt:Jxd7 lt:Jxd7 1 4 .e4 c6 1 5.Wh1

Alekhine's Block

42

f6 1 6.eS e7 17.f4 c8 18.g4 l .'frg61! xdS (l . . . gS 2. lUf6+


e8 1 9 . lUf3 cS 20 . a d 1 tU bS +- ; l . . .fxg6 2. lUf6 # ) 2.xdS e7
21 .h3 lUc6 22. fS exfS 23 .gxfS 3.xf7 xf7 4.fl +f6 24. g2 lUxeS 2S .tZ:lxeS xeS
26.f6 g6 27.'frxg61!
Game 65

Kaposztas-Yukhash,
Hungary 1 977
1 .c4 cS 2. lUf3 e6 3.g3 b6 4.g2
b7 S.lUc3 lUf6 6.0-0 e7 7.d4
cxd4 8 . xd4 d6 9 . e4 a6 1 0 .h3
0-0 1 1 . b 3 lUb d7 1 2. e 3 c7
1 3 . b 2 fe B 1 4 . a c 1 a c 8
1 S .tt:Jd4 f8 1 6.g4 h6 17. fd1 b8
18.lUde 2 dS 1 9.cxdS exdS 20.lUg3
d4 21 . xd4 c S 22. d3 lUeS

27 . . .fxg6 28.f7+ h7 29 .fxe8=


23 .e2 lUexg4 24 .hxg4 'frxg3!!
xe8 30.xeS c6 31...de1 e7
3 2 . g 3 g S 3 3 . e 6 d 2
34 . xdS !!.f6 3S. g1 hS 36. e7
fS 3 7 . e4 g S 3 8 . e S g8
39.xg5 xgS 40.Ac7 d2 4 1 . xg6
e 2 4 2 . e 4 ? (o 4 2. h 3 ! +- ;
1 - 0/72)
Position XVII

2S.b4 xe4 26. lUxe4 .txe4 27 .'ifxe4


xf2+ 28.h 1 h4+, 0- 1
Game 6 6

Kraulis-Lavrentiev,
USSR 1 978
l . e4 cS 2. lUf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. lUxd4
tt:Jf6 S . tt:Jc3 a6 6 . c4 e6 7 . e3
e7 8 . b 3 tt:Jc6 9 . f!Ve 2 tt:J a S

Alekhine's Block

43

1 0 . o-0-0 lUxb 3 + 1 1 . axb 3 d7


1 2.g4 0-0 1 3 . gS lUe8 1 4 .h4 b S
1 S . dg1 b4 1 6 . lUb1 lU c7 1 7 .hS
tUbS 18.g6 lUxd4 19.gxh7+ Wxh7
20.i.xd4 gS+ 2l . lUd2 eS 22.b6
xd 2+ 23.Vi'xd2 24.g5 rlg8
25.'1Vg6+!!

19.fxg3 i.xcS+ 20 .h1 hS 21 .j,e2


e3 22. YWb4 h4 23.xg4 hxg3+
24. !lxh3+ 2S.gxh3 j,c6+ 26. YWe4
xe4+ 27 .dxe4 dB 28. 'it>g2 i.f4
29. lU c3 nd2+ 30. f3 U2+ 3 1 . g4
g2, 0-1
2S . . . h8 26.xf7 e8 27 .h6 g6
28.f6+ h7 29 .e7+ h8 30.h7

Game 68

Kasparov-Ljubojevic,
Brussels 1987

f7 3 1 .hxg8=+ xg8 3 2.f6,


1 -0
1 . d 4 g 6 2 . e 4 i. g 7 3 . c 3 d 6
4 . gS lUf6 S . lUd2 h6 6. i.h4 c6
Game 67
7.f4 'fffc7 8 . i.d3 eS 9.fxeS dxeS
Lutikov-Chemikov,
1 0 . lUgf3 exd4 l l . cxd4 0-0 1 2.0-0
Vladivostok 1 978
e6 1 3 . 'fffe 1 lUbd7 1 4 .e5 lUdS
l .e4 cS 2. lUf3 lU c6 3 . bS d6 4.0-0 1 5 . lUe4 'fffb6 16. YWf2 lUf4 17.b1
d7 s . e1 lUf6 6.h3 a6 7. fl g5 i. c4 18.e1 lUd3 19.i.xd3 j,xd3
8.eS dxeS 9. lUxeS lUxeS 10. xe5 20 . lU d6 gS 21 . i.g3 j,g6 22. h4
g4 1 1 .hxg4 lUxg4 1 2. h S b6 g4 23 . lUh 2 hS 24 . lUfl cS 25 . lUe3
1 3 .d3 'i'ig6 1 4 . l:tgS h6 1 S . f4 cxd4 26. lUdS 'flieS 27 . lUe7+ 'it>h7
h4 1 6.d2 f6 17. xcS eS 18.g3 28 . a c1 YWa S 29 . 'fffxd 4 xa2
30. lUe4 a d8 3 1 . lU g 5 + h 8
'ffx g3!!
3 2. cd1 i.c2 33.d2 .tg6 34. 'ffid6
h7 35. ed1 YWaS 36.h1 i.g8
(see next diagram)
37.'1Vg6!!, 1-0

Alekhine's Block

44

Position XVIII

final position

1. 1!Vxg61! hxg6 2J'!f3 , 6. 3.l:th3 #


Game 69

Shibarevich-M. Pavlov
Pemic 1 988

'

1 .e4 c5 2. lt:Jf3 lt:Jc6 3.c3 lt:Jf6 4.e5


lt:Jd5 5. d4 cxd4 6.Ac4 lt:Jb6 7.Ab3
d5 8 . exd 6 dxc 3 9 . lt:Jxc 3 exd6
10.lt:Jg5 d5 1 1 .lt:Jxd5 lt:Jxd5 1 2. Axd5
Ab4+ 1 3 . wfl 0-0 1 4 . h5 Af5
15 .Axf7 + wh8 1 6 . A e 3 d 3 +
17.Wg1 lt:Jd4 18. Axd4 xd4 1 9.h4
g6 20. 1!Vxg61!

Game 70

Suetin-Sherbakov,
Warsaw 1991
l .e4 c5 2. lt:Je 2 lt:Jc6 3 . d4 cxd4
4.lt:Jxd4 e5 5 . lt:Jb5 d6 6.c4 Ae7
7 . lt:J1 c3 a6 8.lt:Ja3 Ae6 9.Ae3 .:!.c8
10.Ae2 Ag5 1 1 .lt:Jc2 Axe3 1 2.lt:Jxe3
lt:Jf6 1 3 . 0 - 0 0 - 0 1 4 . :I.e 1 lt:Jd4
1 5 . Ad3 aS 1 6 .d2 b5 1 7 .b3
lt:Jd7 18 . .:!. fd 1 lt:Jc 5 1 9 . A f1 b4
20 . lt:Jc d5 lt:Jxe4 21 . xb4 xa2
22.e1 lt:Jxb3 23 .l:tc2 a4 24.lt:Je7+
wh8 25.lt:Jxc8 .:!.xc8 26.l:tb2 lt:Jd4
27 . .:tdb1 lt:Jc5 28.l:tb8 e8 29.l:xc8
'iWxc8 3 0 . VWa5 g6 3 1 . 'ff b 6 'iWd7
32.lt:Jd5 Axd5 33. cxd5 Wg7 34 .Axa6
lt:Je4 3 5 . 'iWb2 'ff g 4 36.h3 lt:Jf3+
37.h1 1!Vg31!
(see next diagram)

20 ... hxg6 21 . h 5 .:txf7 22. hxg6+


<it>g8 23.gxt7+ wf8 24. lt:Je6+, 1-0

Alekhine's Block

38.gxf3 t2Jxf2+ 3 9 . 'ifxf 2 'ifxf2


40 .fl 'ifxf3+ 4 1 . g2 'ifd3 4 2.l:tb6
e4 4 3 . l:txd6 'ifb1 + 44. W h 2 'ifb8,
0- 1
Game 7 1

Karpov -Salov,
Linares 1 993

45

final position

Game 72

Spangenberg-Ftacnik,
Moscow 1994
1 . e4 cS 2. t2J c3 d6 3.f4 g6 4. t2Jf3
g7 s . c4 e6 6.0-0 t2Je7 7 . d3
t2Jbc6 8.f5 dS 9.b3 dxe4 10.fxg6
exf3 l l .gxf7+ Wf8 1 2.'ifxf3 'ifd4+
1 3 . Wh1 tLJeS 14.'ife 2 'ifg4 1 5 .'iff2
b6 16.h3 'ifg6 1 7 . f4 b7 18J'he 1
c4 1 9 . dxc4 t2Jxf7 20 . t2J b5 tLJfS

l .d4 t2Jf6 2. c4 e6 3.t2Jf3 b6 4.g3


b7 s .g2 e7 6.t2Jc3 t2Je4 7.d2
f6 8 . 0-0 0-0 9 . n c1 cS 1 0 .d5
exdS 1 1 . cxd5 t2Jxd2 1 2. t2Jxd2 d6
1 3 . t2J de4 e7 1 4 . f4 t2Jd7 1 5 .g4 21 . t2J c7 e8 22. t2J xe8 Ad4 23.'ifd2
a6 1 6 .a4 neB 1 7.g5 f8 1 8 .Wh1 l:tg8 24 .l:te2 g3!!, 0-1
bS 1 9 . axb5 axbS 20 . t2Jxb5 'ifb6
21 . t2J b c 3 'if b 4 2 2 . 'if d 3 t2J b 6
23 .'ifg3 Wh8 24 . l:t cd1 t2Jc4 25 .b3
t2Jb6 26.g6 fxg6 27 .f5 gxfS 28.l:txf5
t2Jd7 29 .l:tdfl tLJeS 30.l:t 5f4 'ifb6
3 1 . t2J g 5 t2J g 6 3 2 . t2J f7 + w g 8
33.Wxg6!!, 1 -0
(see next diagram)
final position

Alekhine's Block

46

Game73

Moscow 1935; 1 6 . . . h 6 1 7 . l2Jxt7

Tiviakov-Forintos,
Porto San-Jorjio 1 994

xf718.'f!fg6 +- , Alekhine-Carlsson,
Orebro 1935) 1 7 . g3 ii.hS 18.h3
l.e4 e5 2.lLJf3 lLJf6 3.d4 lLJxe4 4.Ad3 Ag6 C o 18 .. 'ib4! 1 9 .he3 ii. g6
l2Jc6 5 . xe 4 dS 6 . Axh 7 xh7 20.'f!fb3 'f!fxb3 2 l .ii.xb3 fe8 =,
7.dxe5 Ag4 8.f4 '1Wd7 9. lLJbd2 Boleslavsky-Moiseev, Odessa 1949)
fS 1 0 . g3 0-0-0 1 1 . 0-o Ac5 19.ffxg6!! (1 9 . . . hx g6 2 0 . ii.xt7+
1 2 .a3 b6 1 3 . b4 h5 1 4 . e 1 xf7 2 1 . h8 + xh8 2 2 . lLJxf7+
lLJd4 1 5 .a4 a6 1 6 .a3 lLJfS 1 7 . lLJfl g8 23. lLJxd6 d8 24. e6 +- ),
ttJxg3 1 8 . ttJx g 3 xf3 1 9 . xf3 1 -0
xh2+ 2 0 . fl g6 2 1 .1:1d3 h4
22. rtxd5 c4+ 23.l:ld3 xd3 24. '1Wxd3
xb4 25 .e6 f4 26J e2 ffxg3!!
.

final position

27Jle3 1Ihl+ 28.e2 g4+, 0-1


Game74

Wade-Bennett,
corr. 1 942
1 .d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3. lL'lc3 l2Jf6 4 . J,g5
ttJbd7 5 .e3 Ae7 6. lLJf3 0-0 7 . c l
c6 8 . A d 3 dxc 4 9 ii.xc 4 lL'l d 5
10.ii.xe7 xe7 1 1 . 0-0lLJxc3 1 2 . xc3

e 5 1 3 . '\tc 2 exd4 1 4 . exd4 lLJ f6


1 5 Jl e 1 'f!fd6 16.l2J g5 ii. g4 C l 6 . . . 'fi'f4
1 7 . lLJxf7 +- , Levenfish-Riumin,

The Rook Blocks at


g6 (g3)

Game75

Alekhine-Grossman,
New York 1 932
(simultaneous)
l . e4 cS 2 . lL'lf3 l2Jc 6 3 . d4 cxd4
4. lLJxd4 lLJf6 S. lLJc3 d6 6. ii.eZ a6

Alekhine's Block

47

7 . 0-0 e6 8 . b3 d7 9 . b2 c8
1 0.h1 bS 1 Lf3 lUeS 1 2 .a4 b4
1 3 . lt:Ja2 lt:Jxf3 14.lt:Jxf3 'iVb6 1 S .eS
lt:JdS 16. 'iVd2 e7 17.exd6 'iVxd6

'iWc6 1 8 . h1 'iWcS 1 9 . 'iWd3 lt:Jc6


20.lt:JdS lt:Jb4 2 1 .lt:Jxb4 'iWxb4 22.fS
e S 2 3 . f4 de8 2 4 . af1 c6
2S. lt:JhS h7 26. g4 f6 27.'iWg3
18.xg7 g8 19.eS 'iVcS 20.ac1 r!8e7 28.)::lg6!!
c6 2 1 . g 3 b7 2 2 . lt:JeS lt:Jf6
2 3 . lt:J d3 'iVdS 2 4 . f3 aS 2 S . 'iYe3
l::lxg3!!

28 . . . 'iVd2 29.xf6 'iVe2 30.xh6+


g8, 1 -0
Position XIX

26.hxg3 lt:Jg4 27.lt:Jf4 lt:Jxe3 28. lt:JxdS


xdS 29 . f2 Af6 3 0 . e 2 lt:JfS
3 1 .h2 hS 3 2 . h3 e7 33.d1
lt:Jd4 34.ed2 t2Jxc2 3S.lt:Jcl lt:Jd4
3 6 . e 1 c 3 3 7 . g4 xf3 3 8 . gS
g4+ 39.h2 g7 4o. nd3 lt:Jxb3,
0-1
Game 76

Trejbal-Henneberger,
Hague 1 928

Reggio-Mieses,
Monte Carlo 1903

1 . e4 eS 2 . lt:Jf3 lt:Jc6 3. bS lt:Jf6


4.lt:Jc3 d6 S .d4 exd4 6. lt:Jxd4 d7 l J::lg 3!! 2 . 'iWxg3 h4 (3 . 'xh4
7.0-0 Ae7 8. lt:Jde2 0-0 9 . lt:J g3 l:te8 e3+ 4.Ae2 xe2 * ), 0-1
1 0 .b3 Af8 1 1 . A gS h6 1 2 . Axf6
'iWxf6 1 3 . lt:J dS 'iVd8 1 4 .f4 lt:Je7
1S .xd7 'iWxd7 1 6. lt:Je3 ad8 1 7.c4
...

Alekhine's Block

48

Game 77

Game 78

Gufeld-Huebner,
Sukhumi 1 972

Torre-O'Kelly,
Malaga 1 973

l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3 . ltJd2 ttJc6 4 . ttJ gf3


ttJf6 S.eS ttJd7 6.l2Jb3 iie7 7.iib5
0-0 8. 0-0 l2Jcb8 9 . iif4 b6 1 0 . l:. c 1
ii b 7 1 1 . ii d 3 l2Ja 6 1 2 . c 3 c S
1 3 .iib1 l:.e8 14 .d2 l:.c8 1 S . ii gS
lLJ f8 1 6 . h 3 .iix g S 1 7 . l2Jx g 5 f6
18.lLlf3 c7 1 9.l:.ce1 fS 20. lLlh2
l2Jb8 21 .f4 iic8 22. g4 c4 23 . lLla1
l2Jc6 24. lLJc2 l:.f7 2 S . lLl e3 l2Jg6
26.lLJg2 lLJh4 27.f2 l2Jxg2 28.xg2
lLJ e 7 2 9 . g 3 b S 3 0 . lLl f 3 a S
3 1. . rle2 'it>h8 3 2 . l2Jg5 l:.ff8 33 . l:. g2
c7 34.'it>h2 l2Jg8 3S.l2Jxh7 'it>xh7
36.h4+ l2Jh6 37. g5 f7 38. g6+
xg6 39.l:.xg6 Wxg6 40. l:. g1 + Wh7
41 . .iic2 :n 42.i.d1 g8 43.61!

1 .e4 cS 2 .lLlf3 d6 3.i.b5+ lLJd7 4.d4


l2Jgf6 5 . lLl c 3 cxd 4 6 . xd 4 e S
7.d3 h6 8. lLJd2 iie7 9 . lLJc4 0-0
10 . .ii xd7 xd7 1 1 . lLle3 c6 1 2 . g4
i.e6 1 3 . g 1 l2Jd7 1 4 . l2Jf5 i.xfS
1 5 . gxf5 wh7 16.h3 .ll g8 1 7 . l2Jd5
ii f6 1 8 . c 3 .ll af8 1 9 . h 5 l:. h 8
2 0 . i. e 3 a 4 2 l . W d 2 .ll h g 8
22.l:lg61!, 1-0

final position

Game 79

Razuvaev-Bagirov,
USSR 1 982
1 . d4 dS 2.c4 dxc4 3. e3 eS 4.i.xc4
43 ... l:.b7 44. i.h5 b4 4S .g5 bxc3 exd4 S.exd4 l2Jf6 6. lLJf3 iie7 7.0-0
46.bxc3 l:.b2+ 47 .Wg3 l:.c2 48.e7 0 - 0 8 . h 3 lLJ b d 7 9 . lLl c 3 l2Jb 6
1 0 . i.b3 lLlbdS 1 l .e1 c6 1 2 . .ii g5
l:.xc 3 + 4 9 . Wh4 wh8 S O . xh6+
i.e6 1 3 . ltJe5 lLJ c7 1 4 .i.c2 e8
gxh6 S l .f6+ l:. g7 52.i.g6, 1 -0
1 S . 'ifd3 g6 16.f3 lLJfdS 1 7 . Axe7
'iWxe7 18.g3 ad8 19. l:.adl l2Jf6
20.f4 lLJhS 21 .'if2 fS 2 2 . g4 lLJ g7

Alekhine's Block

49

23.gxf5 gxf5 24. h2 h8 25Jlgl


d5 26. lL'lxd5 exd5 27.l:[g6!!

After 24. l::!. x g6!!

29.'lWxd7 e6 30.f7 'lWe6 31 .'lWxe6


27 . . . lL'lee6 28. !ldgl !lf8 29. l:th6
l:txe6 32.f4 l:te6 33.g4 e5 34.1ldl
g8 30. b3 l:td6 3 l . g2 l:tfd8
h5 3 5 . gxh 5 gxh 5 3 6 . f5 xd4+
32.xd5 l:txd5 33.l:txe6 f8 34. l:te8
37. l:txd4 :tel + 38. f2 e2+ 39. f3
l:txe8 35 .xd5 +, 1 -0
l:ha2 40 Jhd5 l:ta3 4 l .f4 :btxb3
42.l:txa5 , 1 -0
Game 80

Smyslov-Hansen,
Biel 1 993
l .e4 e5 2. lL'lf3 e6 3.d4 exd4 4. lL'lxd4
lL'le6 5 . lL'le3 a6 6. lL'lxe6 bxe6 7.d3
d5 8.0-0 lL'lf6 9 . e2 e7 1 0 .b3
0-0 l l . b 2 a S 1 2 . l:t a d l e 7
1 3 . lL'la4 b7 1 4 . e4 !lfd8 1 5 .e5
lUd7 1 6.exd5 exd5 1 7 . l:t e l b8
1 8 . d4 a3 1 9 Jk3 h6 20.b5
lUf8 2 1 . l:t g3 lUg6 2 2 . lUb6 !la7
23. lUd7 a8 24.l::'[xg6!!

The Bishop Blocks at


g6 (g3)

Game 8 1

Alekhine-Rubinstein,
Carlbad 1 923

l .d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3 . lUf3 lUf6 4. lUe3


e7 5. g5 lUbd7 6.e3 0-0 7 . 1l e l
e6 8. 'lWe2 a 6 9 . a4 l:te8 1 0 . d3
24 . . . fxg6 25. g4 a6 26. 'lWxe6+
dxe4 l l . xe4 lUd5 1 2 .f4 lUxf4
h7 27. xa6 l:txa6 28. 'lWf7 !lxd7
1 3.exf4 e5 1 4 . dxe5 'lWe7 1 5 . 0-0
'lWxf4 16. lUe4 lUxe5 1 7 . lUxe5 xeS
(see next diagram)

50

Alekhine's Block

18.d3 b6 19. xh7+ Wh8 20. e4


.ll a7 2 1 .b4 f8 22.c6 rld7 23.g3
b8 24. lt:Jg5 lled8 25.Ag6!!

1 9 . . . .ll f8 20 .xf7+ llxf7 2 1 .g6,


1 -0
Game 83
25 . . . e5 (25 . . . fxg6 26.e4! xb4
Alekhine-Apscheneek,
27.h4+ wg8 28.h7+ 'iM8 29.h8+
Folkston 1 933
We7 30.xg7+ WeB 3 1 .g8+ i!.f8
32.xg6+ We7 33.xe6 * ; 25 . . . b7 1 .d4 cuf6 2.c4 c6 3. lUf3 d5 4.e3 e6
26.c4! +- , Alekhine) 26. lt:Jxf7+ 5 . d3 a6 6 . cubd2 dxc4 7 . cuxc4
.ll xf7 27.xf7 f5 28.llfd1 .ll x d1 + b5 8.lUce5 h6 9.a4 b7 10.d2
29.xd1 xf7 30.xc8 Wh7 3 1 . xa6 cubd7 1 1 .c2 llc8 12.Ag6!!

f3 32 .d3+, 1-0
Game 82

Alekhine-Rumijantzev,
Sarejavo 1 931
(simultaneous)
1 .d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.lt:Jc3 tt:Jf6 4. g5
e7 5 . e3 c6 6 . lt:J f3 h6 7 . h4
lt:Jbd7 8 . c 2 lt:Jh 7 9 . g3 a 6
1 0 . 0-0-0 tt:Jb6 l l .c5 tZ:ld7 1 2 . e4
1 2 . . . cuxe 5 ( 1 2 . . . fxg 6 1 3 . xg6+
dxe4 13.lt:Jxe4 cudf6 14.cud6+ xd6
We7 1 4 . b4+ c5 1 5 .dxc5! +- )
1 5 .xd6 lUd5 16.Ac4 lUhf6 17.lUe5
13.lUxe5 llc7 14.Aa5 fxg6 15 .'ixg6+
i.d7 18. Ad3 cub4 t9.Ag6!!
We7 1 6 . cuf7 e8 1 7 . cuxh8 llc8
(see next diagram)

18.i.b4+ c5 19.Axc5+ llxc5 20.dxc5

51

Alekhine's Block

e4 2 1 .xe8+ 4Jxe8 22.f3 Ad3


23.axb5, 1 -0
Game 84

Uhlmann-Yanovsky,
Siegen 1 970
l .d4 4Jf6 2 .c4 e6 3. lLlf3 b6 4 .g3
i,b7 5 . g2 e 7 6 . 4J c 3 4J e 4
7. 4Jxe4 xe4 8.0-0 0-0 9. f4 d6
10.d2 lLld7 1 1 .b4 f6 1 2. llfd1
e7 1 3 Jbc1 !!ad8 14.e3 g6
15 .a3 e5 16.e3 e4 1 7 . 4Jd2 c5
18 .4Jb3 cxd4 1 9 . 4Jxd4 4Je5 20.Af4
llc8 21 .b3 a6 22. Ah3 llc7 23. 4Jf5
i,xfS 24. i,xf5 Ag5 25.Axg5 xg5
26.i,xe4 h6 27. Wg2 .l:!e8 28.h3
e 6 2 9 . i, d 5 c 8 3 0 . f4 4J g 6
3 1 .i,f3 l::t ce7 32 . .l:!c2 f5 33.d3
c8 34.xd6 h5 35.i,xh5 4Jh4+
36.gxh4 f5 37.g6!!

Game 85

Tukmakov-Korchnoi ,
Riga 1 971
1 .d4 4Jf6 2.c4 e6 3. lUc3 b4 4.e3
0-0 5 .d3 c5 6. 4Jf3 d5 7 .0-0 dxc4
8.xc4 4Jbd7 9. b3 a6 1 0.a4 e7
1 1 .lld1 aS 1 2.'ic2 cxd4 1 3 .exd4
4Jb6 1 4 . a 2 h6 1 5 . cu e5 d7
1 6.b1 .ll fd8 17.lld3 llac8 18.llg3
wfs 19.'id2 4Jbd5 20 .1lg6rr
.

20 . . . e8 21 .xh6 b4 (21 . . .gxh6


22.xh 6 + Wg8 2 3 . d 3 + 'it> h 8
24.g7+ 'it>g8 25. xf6+ +- , Lein)
2 2 . 'i h8+ We7 2 3 . xg 7 'ixd4
2 4 . lLJ d 3 xc 3 2 5 . bxc 3 4Jxc3
26.a3+ 'it>d7 27.rte1 'it>c7 28. e7
4Jcd5 2 9 . xd8 + Wxd8 30. e4
xa4 3 1 . Axd 5 4Jxd5 3 2 . 'ig 5 +
'it> c 7 33 .h4 Ab5 34 . ll c 1 + c6
35 .h5 'id4 36. cue5 f6 37. 4Jxc6

37 . . .fxg6 38.d5+ xd5+ 39.cxd5 bxc6 38. g7+ wd6 39.h6 cuf4
l:txe2+ 40. l:txe2 nxe2+ 41 . f3 l:te7 40.'ig4 'id2 41 .rtd1 , 1 -0
42.d6 lld7 43 . We4 Wf8 44.We5
.ll d8 45 .Wd5 'it>e8 46 . .ll e 1 + 'it>f8
47.'it>c6, 1 -0

52

Alekhine's Block
Game 86

Game 87

Ruderfer-Maslov,
Tashkent 1 979

Van Der Wiel-Karpov,


Amsterdam 1 987

l .d4 l2Jf6 2.c4 e6 3 . l2Jc3 b4 4.e3 1 .e4 c6 2.d4 dS 3.l2Jd2 dxe4 4. l2\xe4
c5 5.d3 b6 6. l2\ge2 b7 7.0-0 l2\d7 5.d3 l2\gf6 6.l2\g5 e6 7.l2\lf3
coc6 8.d5 exd5 9.cxd5 l2\e5 10.e4 c7 8.e2 h6 9.Ag6!!
c4 1 1 . c2 a6 1 2 .g5 h6 1 3 .h4
l2\g6 1 4 . g3 l2\h5 1 5 . e5 l2\xg3
16.l2\xg3 l2\f4 17.f3 l2\d3 18. xd3
xc3 19.Ag6!!

9 . . . hxg5 1 0. xt7+ d8 1 1 . l2Jxg5


l2Jb6 1 2 . xe6 llxh2 1 3 .0-0 l:lh5
14.g3 e7 1 5 .l:te1 l:txg5 16.xg5
xe6 17.xe6 xe6 18. l:txe6 d7
19 .. .fxg6 20.bxc3 h4 21 .d6 l:tb8
2 2 .l:tad1 lH8 2 3 . e2 f4 24.e6
f6 25.exd7+ d7 26.l:tfe1 b7
2 7 . e7+ xe7 2 8 . l:txe7 + wc6
29.l:tc7+ b5 30.d7 l:tff8 3 1 . l:txb7
:!.xb7 32.d8= l:txd8 33.l:txd8 a4
3 4 . l2\e4 l:te7 3 5 . f3 a3 3 6 . l:td2
b S 3 7 f 2 a S 3 8 . :t d 5 a 4
3 9 . l2Jd6 l:te6 40. l2\xb5 l:tb6 41 . l2Jd6
l:tb2+ 42.g3, 1 -0

1 9 . l:t ae 1 l2Jb d5 2 0 . xf6 l2Jxf6


2 1 . l:t6e5 b5 22 .c3 aS 23.f1 a4
24.a3 l2Jd5 25 . l:tf5 e7 2 6 . t7
l:tg8 2 7 . l:t e 2 e8 2 8 . l:lf5 d7
29.!'!t7 d6 30.g2 d7, 1/2-1/2
Game 88

Richtrova-Z . Polgar,
Saloniki 1988
l . e4 c5 2 . l2Jf3 l2Jc6 3 . d4 cxd4
4. l2Jxd4 l2Jf6 5 . l2Jc3 e5 6. l2Jdb5 d6
7 . Ae3 a6 8 . l2Ja3 l:tb8 9. l2Jd5 l2Jxd5
10 .exd5 l2Je7 1 1 . c4 l2Jg6 1 2 .0-0
Ae7 1 3 . d2 0-0 1 4.Ae2 f5 1 5 .f3

Alekhine's Block

53

f4 16.a7 l:ta8 17.f2 h4 1 8 . l2Jc4


b5 1 9 . b6 'iYf6 20.l2Ja5 Ag3!!

After 20 g3 !!
...

e5 29.l:tg4 'tWxh3+ 30.Wf2 'ifh2+


2 1 .d3 'ifh4 22 .h3 'ifg5 23. l2Jc6
3 1 . l:tg2 g3+, 0-1
l2Jh4 24. <iith 1 l2Jxg2 25. 'ifxg2 'ifh4
26.<iitg 1 xh3 27 .'+Wh1 :lf6 28 .d8
Game 90
nxd8 29. l2Jxd8 l:th6 30. l2Je6 'ffle 7,
0-1

J. Polgar-Rogers,
Biel 1993

Game 89

l . e 4 c 6 2 . d 4 d5 3 . l2J c 3 dxe4
4 . l2Jxe4 f5 5 . l2Jg3 g6 6. l2Jf3
lbd7 7 . e2 e6 8.0-0 d6 9.b3
l2J gf6 1 0 . b 2 'f!/c7 1 l . c4 0-0
1 2 . l2Jh4 l:tfe8 13.l2Jxg6 hxg6 14.'ifc2
l:tadB 1 5 . n a d 1 b 6 1 6 . c 5 f 4
17.cxb6 l2Jxb6 18.l:tfe1 l2Jbd5 1 9. l2Jfl
lb b4 2 0 . ffc4 'iYb7 2 l . g 3 d6
22. f3 l:tc8 23.a3 l2Jbd5 24.l2Jd2
l:ted8 25 .fid3 lbe7 26. l2Jc4 c7
27.'ic2 l2Jfd5 28.b4 l:tb8 29.cl
l2Jf5 30 . g 5 l:t dc8 3 l . W g2 a S
32.l2Jxa5 5 33.bxa5 'ib3 34.'ii'd2
l:t a 8 3 5 . h 4 if a 4 3 6 . h 5 gxh5
37.xh5 'i!!Vxa5 38.f!Ye2 VWc7 39.lld3

Nenashev-Kramnik,
Moscow 1 992
1 .d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3. l2Jf3 l2Jf6 4.e3 e6
5. l2Jbd2 c5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.b3 d6
8 . b2 0 - 0 9 . d3 lbc6 1 0 . 0 -0
cxd4 1 1 .l2Jxd4 l2Je5 1 2 . l2J2f3 l2Jxd3
13.'iYxd3 l:te8 14.l2Jb5 b8 1 5 . l:tac1
g4 1 6 . l2Jbd4 a6 1 7 . l:tfd1 l2Je4
18.Wfl 'iff6 1 9.h3 h5 20.'iYe2
Ag3!!
(see next diagram)

21.l2Jb5 '+Wh6 22. l2Jc3 l2Jxf2 23 .l:txd5


l:ta4 40.l:th1 l:txd4 41.Ag6!!
g6 24.l2Jd1 e4 25. l:td4 l2Jxd1
26.l:tcxd1 c6 27.'iYd2 xf3 28.gxf3
(see next diagram)

Alekhine's Block

54

41 . . J lxd3 42.h7+, 1 -0

After 33 . . . g3 !!

llxe3 40.xe3 .ll e8 41 .'id3 'ixa5


42. tt:Jf4 f5 43.b3 tt:Jb5 44. tt:Jd5
Gurevich-Bareev,
h5 45 .h4 il.d6 46. tt:Jg5 g6 47 . c4
Biel 1 993
g 7 4 8 . f4 h 6 4 9 . lt:J c 3 ll c 8
1 .e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. lt:Jd2 c5 4.exd5 50.'ib3 g7 51.lt:Jxb5 llxcl 52. tt:Jd4
exd5 5 . tt:Jgf3 tt:Jf6 6.b5+ d7 f6 53.xb7 il.e7 54. d5 llc8
7. xd7+ tt:Jbxd7 8.0-0 e7 9.dxc5 55.f5 lld8 56.tt:Jde6+ fxe6 57.tt:Jxe6+
Game 9 1

tt:Jxc5 1 0 . lt:Jb3 tt:Jce4 1 l . f4 0-0


1 2 . 't!fd3 ll e8 1 3 . e5 tHd7 1 4 .a4
a6 1 5 . llfd 1 llac8 1 6.c3 d8 1 7 .h3
h6 1 8 . a 5 ll c 6 1 9 . xf'5 tt:Jxf6
20. tt:Jfd4 llc8 2l . lt:Jc2 j,c7 22. lt:Je3
llcd8 23 . tt:Jd4 lle4 24. tt:Jf3 tNc6
25.b4 llde8 26.fl lld8 27. llab1
Af4 28.tt:Jf5 tNc7 2 9 . lt:J 5 d4 llc8
30.llb3 llee8 31 .lt:Je2 Ae5 32.llc1
tt:Je4 33. tNxd5 iLg3!!

h6 58.tt:Jxd8 il.xd8 59.fxg6 xg6


60 . d 3 + g7 6 1 . 'i d 1 tN c 6 +
62.h2 Ac7 63 .d2 tNc5 64.h3
e5 65 .d7+ f6, 0- 1
Game 92
N adanian-Sharbatov,

corr. 1 992-93

1 .e4 e5 2 . lt:Jf3 tt:Jf6 3. tt:Jxe5 d6 4. tt:Jf3


tt:Jxe4 5.d4 d5 6. Ad3 tt:Jc6 7.0-0
il.g4 8.c4 tt:Jf6 9.lt:Jc3 Axf3 1 0.'ixf3
(see next diagram)
tt:Jxd4 1 1 . h3 tt:Je6 1 2.cxd5 tt:Jxd5
13.iLg6!1
34.c4 (34.fxg3 llcd8! 35.tNf5 tNc4
-+ ; 3 4 . tt:Jxg 3 ll c d8 ! -+ , L e i n)
llcd8 35.f5 xc4 36.lle3 Ab8
37.g3 'ixb4 38 .g2 tt:Jd6 39. d3

(see next diagram)

Alekhine's Block

1 3 . . . d7 1 4 .lle1 0-0-0 1 S .ltJxdS


hxg6 1 6 . xh8 jlb4 1 7 . xd8+
xd8 18. ltJxb4 aS 1 9 . ltJc2 d3
20. ltJa3 bS 2 1 . jle3 b4 22. lled1
a6 23. ltJc2, 1 -0

The Knight Blocks at


g6 (g3)
Cjj

Cjj

Cjj

Cjj

55

2S .Wg1 (2S .fxg3 Wfxg3 -+ ; 2S . . . d2!?


-+ , Alekhine) jldS 26.a4 ltJe2+
2 7 . w h 1 ll f7 28 .a6 hS 2 9 . b6
g3+!! 30.Wg1 axb6 3 1 .xb6 d2
32JU1 ltJxf1 33.ltJxfl jle6 34.h1
jlxh 3 3 S . gxh 3 l::U3 3 6 . ltJg3 h4
37.iH6 xf6 38. ltJxe4 llxh3+, 0-1
Game 94

Alekhine-Appel ,
Lodz 1 928
(simultaneous)

l .d4 ltJf6 2. l0f3 e6 3.c4 dS 4.ltJc3


ltJbd7 S . gS c6 6.c2 aS 7. jld2
Game 93
Wf d8 8 . e4 dxe 4 9 . ltJxe 4 e 7
Tarrasch-Alekhine,
1 0 . d3 b6 1 1 .0-0 jlb7 1 2 . llfe 1
Pistyan 1922
0-0 1 3 . I:!. ad1 c7 1 4 .ltJg3 llfe8
1 . d4 ltJf6 2. ltJf3 e6 3 .c4 cS 4.dS bS
1 S . ltJgS ltJf8 16.ltJhS ltJg6 1 7 .jlxg6
S.dxe6 fxe6 6.cxbS dS 7 .e3 d6
hxg6 18. ltJf4 jld6 19.xg6!!
8 . ltJ c3 0 - 0 9 . e 2 b 7 1 0 . b 3
ltJbd7 1 1 . b2 e7 1 2 .0-0 I:!.ad8
(see next diagram)
1 3 . c2 eS 1 4 . I:!. fe 1 e4 1 S . ltJd2
lUeS 16. ttJd1 ltJfg4 17. xg4 ltJxg4 1 9 . . . fxg6 2 0 . xg 6 I:!.e7 2 1 . ll e4
18.ltJfl WfgS 1 9 .h3 ltJh6 20.Wh1 Wfd7 2 2 . I:!. h4 e8 2 3 . d3 llf7
ltJ fS 2 1 . ltJ h 2 d4 2 2 . jl c 1 d 3 24.Wfh3, 1 -0
23.Wfc4+ wh8 24 .b2 g3+!!

Alekhine' s Block

56

1 5 . a3 dxc3 16.c1 'l!Wg6 17. f4


dB 18 .'l!Wc2 cucd4 19 .'l!We4 lQg3!!

After 1 9. 'Lixg6!!

Position XX

20. 'l!Wxg6 cude2 * , 0-1


Game 96

Gerbets-Weil,
Vienna 1 941
1 .e4 e5 2. 4Jf3 4Jc6 3.b5 a6 4.a4
cuf6 5 . 0-0 4Jxe4 6.d4 bS 7.d5 4Je7
8.e1 4Jd6 9. 4Jxe5 bxa4 1 0. 4Jc3
b7 1 1 . g5 h6 1 2 . 'l!WhS hxgS
1 3 . 'l!Wxh8 'l!Wb8 14.lQg6!!
Bogolj ubow-Alekhine, 1929

...

ltlg3+ !! 2.hxg3 hxg3 + 3.cuh3

xh3 4.gxh3 xh3+, 0-1


Game 95

Marache-Morphy,
New York 1 857
l . e4 eS 2. 4Jf3 4Jc6 3. c4 cS
4.b4 xb4 5 . c3 aS 6 . d4 exd4
14 . . .fxg6 1 5 .'l!Wg8 'l!Wa7 1 6 Jhe7+
7 . e 5 dS 8.exd6 'l!Wxd 6 9.0-0 4Jge7
1 0 . 4Jg5 0-0 1 1 .d3 fS 1 2 . xf5 Wxe7 1 7 . n e 1 + wf6 1 8 . g4 4Jf7
4Jxf5 1 3. a3 'l!Wg6 14. xf8 'l!WxgS 1 9 . 4Je4+ weS 20.'l!Wxf7, 1 -0

Alekhine's Block
Position

57

XXI

After 32.lt:Jg6+!!

. ll:)g3+U 2.hxg3 lla8,


.

::,.

3 . . . llh8 ::

Game 97

Shishov-Lisitsin,
Tbilisi 1 946
l .e4 e5 2. tt:Jf3 tt:Jc6 3 . .,tb5 a6 4 . .,ta4
tt:Jf6 5 .0-0 e7 6 . ll e l b5 7 . b3
d6 8.c3 0-0 9.d4 .,tg4 10 .d5 tt:Ja5
l l . c2 c6 1 2 . h3 .,thS 1 3 . dxc6
b6 14.tt:Jbd2 xc6 1 5 . tt:Jfl .,tg6
16. l0g3 feB 1 7 . tt:Jh4 tt:Jc4 18. tt:Jhf5
f8 19. f3 na7 20.a4 :td7 21 .b3
tt:Jb6 22 .a5 tt:Ja8 23 .c4 tt:Jc7 24 . .,tg5
tt:Jfe8 2 5 . d3 f6 2 6 . A e 3 b 4
27 . g4 :tb8 28.h4 h8 2 9 . h5
.tt7 30. tt:Jh4 Ae7 3 l . tt:Jgf5 Ad8
32.ll:)g6+!!

Game 98

Konstantinopolsky -Lipni tsky,


Moscow 1 950
l . tt:Jf3 tt:Jf6 2 . c4 e6 3 . g3 d5 4 . b 3
c5 5 . Ag2 d4 6.0-0 tt:Jc6 7 . e3 e5
8. exd4 exd4 9.a3 aS 1 0.d3 Ae7
l l . .:!. e l 0-0 1 2 . lla2 h6 1 3 . llae2
d6 14. tt:Jbd2 e6 15 .tt:Jh4 d7
16. tt:Je4 Ae7 17.l0g6!!

(see next diagram)

32 . . . hxg6 3 3 . hxg6 Ae6 34 . .,ta7


17 . . . llfe8 18.tt:Jxe7+ xe7 19.Af4
.txf5 35 .exf5 tt:Je6 36. h5+ g8
lled8 20 . tt:J xf6+ xf6 2 1 .Ae5 'iVg6
37.fxe6, 1 -0
22.Ac7 lld7 23. Ab6 AfS 24 . .:!.e8+
.:!.xe8 25 . .:!.xe8+ h7 26. Ae4 Axe4
27 . .:!.xe4 f5 28 . .:!.el 'i!Yd6 29. 'iVf3

Alekhine's Block

58

g6 30.f4 f8 31 .h4 r!e7 3 2 .r!xe7+


xe7 33.c7 xc7 34. l,xc7 '>t>g8
3S.d6 b6 36. c7 <>t>t7 37. xb6
ltJeS 38. xc5 ltJxd3 39. xd4 ltJc1
40. e3 ltJxb3 41 .a4, 1 -0

f4 42. r!b3 g4+ 43.'>t>f2 d1


44. r!g3 gS 4S .'>t>g1 aS 46. '>t>f2 a4
47. r!h3 e3+ 48. ltJxe3 d2+ 49.'>t>f3
xe3+ SO.'>t>g4 VWe4+ Sl .'>t>g3 f4 * ,
0-1

Game 99

Position XXII

Huebner-Cegal,
Dresden 1 970
l . e4 eS 2. ltJf3 ltJf6 3 . d4 exd4 4.eS
ltJe4 S . xd4 dS 6 . exd 6 ltJxd6
7. d3 ltJc6 8. f4 g6 9. 0-0 g7
10J1e1 + e6 1 1 .ltJg5 0-0 1 2. ltJxe6
fxe6 1 3 . g4 f6 1 4 . g3 ltJb4
1S.r!fl ltJfS 16.xc7 r!ac8 17. xb7
lUxd3 18.cxd3 g3!!
l

...

g3+!! 2 . hxg3 h3+ 3 . '>t>g1

xe3+ 4 . xe3 ( 4 . r! f2 xg2 * )


xg2 * , 0- 1
Game l OO

Kostina-Sammul ,
Tbilisi 1 97 4

19.hxg3 r!xcl 20.r!xc1 xf2+ 21 .'>t>h1


xg3 22.e7 'tf!Ve3 23.xf8+ '>t>x8
24.r!c8+ '>t>e7 25. r!c7+ '>t>d6 26.r!xg7
'iVcl + 27.'>t>h2 xb2 28.r!xh7 xa1
29. ltJa3 a6 30. ltJc4+ '>t>c6 3 l .a3
'>t>cS 3 2 . r! h3 f6 3 3 . '>t> g l '>t>d4
3 4 . r! f3 VWgS 3 5 . '>t>f2 eS 36. ltJe3
'>t>xd3 37. ltJfl + '>t>d4 38.r!g3 'tf!Ve7
39. ltJe3 VWh4 40. ltJfl e4 4 l . We2

1 .d4 ltJf6 2.ltJc3 dS 3.g5 ltJbd7


4 . ltJf3 c6 S . e3 a S 6 . d3 e6
7 . 0 -0 b4 8. ltJe2 ltJe4 9. f4 0-0
10.ltJg3 fS 1 1 .xe4 fxe4 1 2. ltJg5
ltJf6 1 3 . eS d7 1 4 . ltJh5 d8
1 S .c3 e7 16. ltJf4 c8 17.h4 aS
18.g3 bS 19.'>t>g2 cS 20.r!hl r!a6
2 l .hS e8 22.e2 c4 23.r!h2 b4
24.g6tr
(see next diagram)

59

Alekhine's Block

24 . . . hxg6 25.hxg6 xg6 26.nah1


euhs 27.nxhs xhs 28.xhs xgS
29 . .txg7 eS 30.h7+ 'it>f7 31 .-txfS+
'it>eS 32 . .tc5 e6 3 3 . h5+ f7
34.xf7+ 'it>xf7 35.dxe5 'it>e6 36 . .td4
:as 37J:th7 b3 3S .a4 nbs 39. na7
it.e7 40.:ta6+ 'it>f5 4 1 . nxa5 a3
42.nb5 nxb5 43.axb5 'it>e6 44.b6
'it>d7 45 .e6+, 1-0
Game i O I

Doroshkevich-Butnoris,
USSR 1 975
1 .d4 euf6 2.c4 e6 3 . lLJc3 .tb4 4 .'ifc2
l2Jc6 5 . lLJf3 d5 6.a3 it.xc3+ 7.'ifxc3
eue4 8.c2 e5 9.dxe5 f5 1 0 . b3
dxc4 1 1 . xc4 0-0 1 2 . e3 'ife7
1 3 . nc 1 :res 1 4.g4 .tg6 15 . .tf4
eudS 1 6 . it.g 2 eue6 17 . .t e 3 c5
1S.h4 h6 19.h5 .th7 20. euh4 bS
21. lLrl4 22bd4 cxd4 23. t0g6!!
(see next diagram)

23 . . . fxg6 24 . .txe4 nabS 25. 'ifd5+


'it>hS 26. xd4 g5 27.nc7 nedS
2S.'ifc3 xg4 29 . .tc6 ngs 30.hxg6
xg6 3 1 .f4 ngfS 32 .e6 nxf4 33.b4
nb6 34.e7 nxc6 35.eS='fi+ , 1-0
Game 1 02

Cabrilo-Djuric,
Yugoslavia 1 978
1 . e4 e5 2 . eu f3 euc6 3 . .t b 5 a6
4 . .ta4 euf6 5 .0-0 .te7 6 . n e 1 b5
7 . .tb3 0-0 S . a 4 b7 9 . d3 d6
1 0. euc3 eu a 5 1 1 .a2 b4 1 2 . eue2
c5 13 . .td2 nbs 14.eug3 .tcs 1 5 .c3
bxc3 1 6 . bxc3 .te6 1 7 . d4 .txa2
1S. nxa2 eud7 19 .dxe5 dxe5 20. euf5
f6 2 1 . lLJ 3 h 4 n f7 2 2 . g4 <it>hS
23. t0g6+!!
(see next diagram)
23 . . . hxg6 24. xg6 eS 2 S . ne3
nb1 + 26. .te1 l:xe1 + 27.nxel eufS
2S.'ifh5+ <it>gs 29. :e3 g6 30. euh6+
<it>h7 31 . 'ff h 3 <it>g7 3 2 . :g3 fibs
3 3 . : a 1 'ifb2 34. nfl 'ifd2 3 5 . euf5+

Alekhine's Block

60

Position XXIII

After 23.'Llg6+ ! !

'ittgB 36. cuh6+ 'ittg7 37. cufs+ 'itt gB l . lQg3+!! 2 . hxg3 hxg3+ 3.'itt g l
38.'iWhS 'iWf4 39.'iWe2 .:Ub3 40. g4 cuf2 4. xf2 !lhl + S .'ittxh l gxf2 -+
'iWd2 41 .'iWc4 .:Ucl 42 . .:Uxe7+ 'itt g7
Game l 04
43. lLlfS+ 'ittg8 44.f4, 1-0
.

Game 1 03

Beliavsky-Larsen,
Tilburg 1 981

Amold-N atsis,
Groningen 1 978-79

l .e4 c6 2.d4 dS 3 . tLlc3 dxe4 4. ttJxe4


fS S . lLlg3 g6 6.h4 h6 7. tLlf3

l .e4 cS 2.lUf3 lLlc6 3.AbS b6 4 . .:Uc3 .:Ud7 8.hS Ah7 9.Ad3 bd3 1 o. xd3
e6 S.0-0 .:Uge7 6.d3 .:Ud4 7 . c4 ttJgf6 1 1 . Af4 e6 1 2 . 0 -0-0 Ae7
.:Uec6 8 . .:Uxd4 cxd4 9 . .:Ue2 e7 1 3.lLleS aS 14. he1 a4 15.lQg6!!
1 0 .f4 0-0 l l .fS .:UaS 1 2 . 'itt h l f6
1 3 . .:Uf4 c6 14.e2 b6 15.lQg6!!

1 S . . . lLldS 16. cufS Af8 17.d6 g8


18.c4 cub4 1 9 . h3 fxg6 20. xe6+
1S . . t7 16.f4 ttJxc4 17. h4 h6 'itt t7 2 1 .hxg6+ 'itt xe6 22.e1 + lUeS
23.xeS, 1 -0
18.Axh6 gxh6 19. xh6, 1 -0
.

Alekhine's Block

Game 105

Speelman-Levitt,
London 1 992
1 .c4 c6 2.e4 dS 3.exd5 cxdS 4.d4
lLlf6 5 . lLlc3 e6 6. lLlf3 b4 7.e3
dxc4 8. xc4 0-0 9.0-0 b6 1 0 . g5
b7 1 1... c 1 lLlc6 1 2 . .l::t e 1 e7
1 3 . a3 .l::t c8 1 4 . a2 lLldS 1 5 .d2
lLlxc3 1 6 .xc3 f6 1 7 . d5 exdS
18.xd5 xc3 19 . .l::txc3 lLla5 20Jlxc8
xc8 21 .lLle5 .bdS 22.xd5 b7
23.d6 e8 24 . .l::t e 3 f6 25.ltlg6!!

61

ltlg3+!! 2.hxg3 hxg3+ 3.xh5


h4 :t= , 0-1
l

...

Game 1 06

Beliavsky-Miles,
Biel 1 992
l .d4 lLlf6 2.lL.\f3 g6 3 .c4 g7 4. lLlc3
0-0 5.e4 d6 6.e2 e5 7.0-0 exd4
8.lLlxd4 .l::t e8 9.f3 lLlhS 1 0 . e3 fS
1 l . d2 f4 1 2 .f2 eS 1 3 JUd1
f6 14. lLldb5 lLla6 1 5 . .l::t a c1 e6
16. lL.\a4 .l::t ad8 17.CiJxa7 lUeS 18. tt:Jc3
c6 19.b4 ltlg3!!

25 .. Jla8 26. lLle7+ h8 27. e6, 1 -0


Position XXIV

2 0 . d4 tt:Jxe 2 + 2 1 . tt:Jxe 2 tt:J d 7


22. f2 .l::t a8 23 .a4 g 5 24. tt:Jd4 g4
25 .tt:Jxe 6 xe 6 2 6 . fxg 4 xg4
27. d3 h8 28. f3 g6 29.a5
l::t g8 30.b5 c5 31 .b6 llg7 32.fl
tt:Jf6 3 3 . ll e 1 tt:Jg4 34 . g1 d4
3 5 .a6 lUeS 36.h3 f3 37.g3 f2
38. xf2 .l::t f8 39.llc2 tt:Jg4 40. llee2
.l::t gf7 41 .axb7 tt:Jxf2 42.c8 tt:Jd3+
43 . .l::tf2 tt:Jxf2, 0- 1

Alekhine's Block

62

Game 107

Game l OB

Smirin-Lputian,
Rostov-on-Don 1 993

Schulz-Alekhine,
Stockholm 1 91 4
(simultaneous)

l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3 . lt:Jc3 tt:Jf6 4.eS


tt:Jfd7 S . f4 cS 6. lt:Jf3 lt:Jc6 7 . j,e3
a 6 8 . 'fHd2 cxd4 9 . lt:Jxd4 j,cS
1 0 . 0-0-0 0-0 1 1 . h4 lt:Jxd4 1 2 . j,xd4
bS 1 3 .hS b4 1 4 . lt:Je2 aS 1 S. j,xcS
lt:Jxc S 1 6 . 'fH e 3 'fH b 6 1 7 . f S a 4
1 8. b1 b3 1 9 . cxb 3 axb3 20.a3
exfS 2 1 . -llxd S n a s 2 2 . lt:J f4 h6
23. j,d3 j,e6 24J ld6 'fHb7 2S.r!c1
X!cB 26. 'fHd4 lt:Jxd3 27. nxcB+ j,xcB
28.ll)g6!!

1 . e4 cS 2 . lt:Jf3 lt:Jc6 3 . d4 cxd4


4. lt:Jxd4 g6 S . e3 j,g7 6. lt:Jc3 d6
7 . Ac4 tt:Jf6 8.0-0 0-0 9 . f3 d7
1 0 . 'fHd2 lt:JeS 1 l .e2 ncB 1 2 .f4
lt:Jeg4 1 3 . lt:Jb3 l:txc31!

14.bxc3 lt:Jxe4 1S.'fHd3 ltJxe3 1 6.'fHxe3


tt:Jxc3 1 7 . r!ae1 aS 1 B . j,f3 bS
1 9.r1f2 dS 20.'fHcS b6 2 1 . 'fHe3 d4
22.'fHxe7 a4 23.lt:Jc1 'lfHbB 24. lt:Jd3
neB 2S .'fHb7 nxe1 + 26.lt:Jxe1 'fHxb7
2B . . . h7 29.tt:JfB+ gB 30JdB gS 27.Axb7 d3 28.h1 d4 29.nd2
31 .'fHd6, 1 -0
j,e3 30 . .l:txd3 j,xd3 3 1 . tt:Jxd3 tt:Jxa2
32.j,dS tLlc3 33. j,c6 a3, 0-1

The Rook Blocks at


c6 (c 3)

Game 1 09

Yedidic-Akopian,
Las Vegas 1 994
1 .e4 cS 2.lt:Jf3 d6 3 .d4 cxd4 4. tt:Jxd4
lt:Jf6 S . lt:Jc3 a6 6. j,c4 e6 7.Ab3
tt:Jbd7 B.f4 lt:JcS 9.fS Ae7 1 0 . 'fHf3
0-0 1 l . e3 eS 1 2 . tt:J de2 tt:Jxb3

63

Alekhine' s Block

1 3 . axb3 bS 14 .g4 b4 1 5 . 4Ja4 b7


1 6. 4Jg3 dS 1 7 .0-0-0 d4 1 8 . d2
l:tc8 19.b1 lUd7 20.h4 c6 21 .g5
xa4 22.bxa4 l:tc31!

f8 1 4 . 4J e 2 lUfS 1 5 . b1 4Jb6
1 6.g4 4Jc4 17 .'ife1 aS 18.xf5
gxfS 1 9 . lU g 1 b4 2 0 . 'it' e 2 a4
21 .4Jf3 il.c3!!

23.bxc 3 bxc 3 2 4 . xc 3 b 6 + 22.bxc3 e7 23.e3 b4 24.'ife1 b3


25.b2 b8 26.b3 c6 27.a2 25.cxb3 axb3 26.j,c1 l:txa2 27.l:td2
lUb6 28.j,xd4 exd4 29.l:txd4 c3 a7, 0-1
30J :td3 4Jc4+ 31 .c1 a3+ 32.d1
lUb2+ 33.e2 4Jxd3 34Jlb1 4Jf4+
35.<fl f3+, 0- 1

The Bishop Blocks at


c6 (c3)

The Knight Blocks at


c6 (c 3)
tLJ

tLJ

tLJ

tLJ

Game I l l

Zoller-Borsdorf,
Germany 1 97 5
Game l l O

l .d4 dS 2.e4 dxe4 3 . lUc3 4Jf6 4.f3


fS S.fxe4 4Jxe4 6. 4Jf3 e6 7.c4
b4 8 . 0-0 xc 3 9 . bxc 3 4Jxc3
l .e4 g6 2.d4 g7 3 . lUc3 c6 4.f4 dS 1 0 .'it'e1 4Je4 1 l . a3 lUd7 1 2.d5
S .eS hS 6. 4Jf3 4Jh6 7.e3 g4 f6 1 3.dxe6 fxe6 1 4 .l:tdl 0-0-0
8.e2 e6 9.d2 4Jd7 1 0 .0-0-0 bS 1 5 . 4Jd4 g6 16.ti:lc61!
1 1 . h3 xf3 1 2 . xf3 h4 1 3 . f2

Honfi -Gurgenidze,
Kislovodsk 1969

Alekhine's Block

64

23 . .l;l h 8 lU e 2 + 2 4 . b 1 xd2
2S. nxd2 nxh8, 0-1
Game 1 1 3

Georgiev-Hazai,
Sofia 1 979
l .e4 g6 2.d4 g7 3. lUc3 d6 4.e3
a6 5 . h4 lUf6 6.f3 hS 7 . d2 bS
8 . 0-0-0 lUbd7 9 . e 5 b4 1 0 . lUe4
lUdS 1 1 . lUg5 lU7b6 1 2 .e6 ilxe6
1 6 . . . bxc6 1 7 . a6+ b8 18 Jhd7
1 3 . lUxe6 fxe6 14.lUh3 d7 1 5 .d3
+- (1 -0/2 1)
a4 16.b1 d7 17.lUg5 nhb8
18.e4 tDc3+!!
Game 1 1 2

Sushko-Klisa,
corr. 1 976
l .e4 c6 2.d4 dS 3 . lUc3 dxe4 4. lUxe4
fS 5 . lUg3 g6 6.h4 h6 7 . tt:Jf3
lUd7 8 . h 5 h 7 9 . d 3 xd3
10.'xd3 c7 1 l .d2 lUgf6 1 2 . e2
0-0-0 1 3 . 0-0-0 e6 14 . lUe5 lUxeS
15 .dxe5 lUdS 16.lUe4 g6 17.hxg6
fxg6 18. lUd6+ xd6 1 9.exd6 xd6
19.bxc3 bxc3 20.a1 lUd5 2 1 . lUxe6
20.xh 6 xh 6 2 1 . xh 6 f4 +
a3 22.lUc5+ dB, 0-1
22.d2 lDc3!!
Game 1 1 4

Quinteros-Popovic,
N ovi Sad 1 982
l .e4 c5 2. lUf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. lUxd4
lUf6 5. lUc3 lUc6 6. c4 e6 7 . ile3
a6 8.b3 e7 9.'iWe2 'iWc7 10 .0-0-0
lUaS l l .g4 bS 1 2.g5 lUxb3+ 1 3.axb3
lUd7 1 4.h4 b4 1 5 . lUa4 tt:Jc5 16.h5
d7 17. b1 xa4 18 .bxa4 b7

Alekhine's Block

65

1 9 .g6 f6 20.gxf7 + xf7 2 1 .eS


dxeS 22.lZJb3 lZJxa4 23.g4 l:!.ac8
24.h6 c6 2S .al c3!!

After 1 9 ... lUc3!!

27.xd 3 l:!.xd3 2 8 . xa 7 l:!.xf3


29.c2 f4 30.a4 l:!.h3 3 1 .l:!.e2 f3
2 6 . lZJ c S lZJxd 1 2 7 . l:!.xd 1 l:!. h d8 32. l:!.d2 gS 33.l:!.f2 f4 34.d3
28.hxg 7 l:!.xd 1 + 29. 'iYxd 1 xg7 xh2 3S.:tfl gS 36.aS c7 37.b4
3 0 . 'iY h S + g8 3 1 . 'iY g4 'iY h 1 + g4 3 8 . e 4 l:!. h S 3 9 . c 4 l:!. e S +
32 .a2 'iYdS + 33. lZJb3 aS, 0-1
40. d3 l:!.fS 4 1 .e3, 0-1
Game 1 1 5

Game 1 1 6

Jansa-Barlov,
Vmjacka Banja 1 983

Yudasin-Makarichev,
Nikolaev 1 983

1 . e4 cS 2 . lZJf3 lZJc6 3 . d4 cxd4


4. lZJxd4 lZJf6 S .lZJc3 d6 6.gS e6
7.'iVd2 e7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 lZJxd4
10.'iVxd4 'iVaS 1 l . c4 Ad7 1 2 .b3
c6 1 3 . l:!. hfl h6 1 4 . h4 'iVhS
1S .g3 dS 1 6.exdS :tfd8 17.l:!.fe1
xd S 1 8 . lZJxd 5 lZJxd S 1 9 . 'iVf2
c3!!

1 .e4 cS 2. lZJf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.lZJxd4


lZJf6 S . lZJc3 lZJc6 6. gS e6 7 . d2
a6 8.0-0-0 h6 9.e3 e7 1 0 .f3
lZJxd4 1 l . xd4 bS 1 2 . h4 a S
1 3.b1 b4 1 4. lZJe2 eS 1 S . f2 .te6
16.lZJc1 dS 1 7 .exd5 lZJxdS 18.lZJb3
'flic7 1 9 . g3 0-0 2 0 . d3 f6
2 1 . e2 hS 2 2 . e4 g6 2 3 . lZJd4
c3+!!

(see next diagram)

(see next diagram)

20.l:!.xd 8 + l:!.xd8 2 1 . f3 xf3


2
3
1
+
c3
2 2 . gxf3 lZJ d S 2 3 . c 3 f6 2 4 . f5 24.bx xa2 2S.a e6 6.lZJb
ex fS 2 S . f2 lZJf4 2 6 . c2 lZJ d 3 + 'iVxc3+ 27.<if.ib1 xb3 28.j.e1 .ta2+
29.xa2 'iVa3+ 30.b1 b3 31 .cxb3

66

Alekhine's Block

After 23 . . . ft:Jc3 + ! !

After 23 . . . ft:Jc3+!!

xb 3 + 3 2 . 'it> c 1 .lHd8 3 3 . d 2
ac 8 + 34 . A c 2 a 3 + 3 5 . 'it> d 1
'iVa1 + 36.'it>e2 xd2+ 37.'it>xd2 c3+
3 8 . 'it> d 1 a 1 + 3 9 . 'it> d 2 c 3 +
40.'it>d1 , 1/2-1/2

32.gxf3 bS 33.f4 ec8 34.d8+


xd8 35.xd8+ 'it>h7 36Jle5 d7
37. xd7 xd7 38. l0c5 f6 39. t0xd7
fxe5 40.fxe5 'it>g8 4 1 .b3 .lk7, 0-1

Game 1 1 7

Mikhalchishin-Lerner,
Riga 1 985
1 .e4 cS 2. l0f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. tt:Jxd4
tt:Jf6 5 . l0c3 tt:Jc6 6. Ag5 e6 7 . "l1Wd2
a6 8.0-0-0 h6 9 . Ae3 Ae7 1 0.f3
tt:Jxd4 1 l . Axd4 bS 1 2 . h 4 'i1W a 5
1 3 . 'iff2 b8 1 4 . 'it> b 1 b 4 1 5 . lLle2
eS 1 6 . A a 7 b7 1 7 . lLl c 1 e 6
18 . Ae3 d S 1 9 . lLlb3 "l1Wa4 20.Ac5
0-0 2 1 .Axe7 xe7 22 .exd5 lLlxdS
23.Ac4 l0c3+!!
(see next diagram)
24.bxc3 bxc3 25.'i1We3 Axc4 26.'i1Wxc3
c8 27. d6 ee8 28."l1Wd2 Ae6
29.b2 c4 30.h 5 e4 31 .e1 exf3

Game 1 1 8

Ivanchuk-Rozentalis,
Debrecen 1 992
l . e4 eS 2 . lLlf3 tt:Jf6 3 . d4 lLlxe4
4 . d3 dS S . tUxeS lLld7 6. tt:Jxd7
Axd7 7 . 0-0 "l1Wh4 8.c4 0-0-0 9.c5
g6 10.lLlc3 Ag7 1 1 .g3 'i1Wh3 12.lLlxd5
g4 1 3 . lLle7+ b8 14.l0c6+!!

Alekhine's Block

14 .. .<it>c8 1 5 . 4Jxa7+ cit>b8 16. 4Jc6+


cit>c8 1 7 . f3 llxd4 1 8 . it.e3 llxd3
19.'tWxd3 4Jxg3 20. it.f4, 1 -0

67

Game 120

Forintos-Luko,
Metz 1 992

1 .c4 e5 2.g3 4Jf6 3.g2 d5 4.cxd5


4Jxd5 5 . 4J c3 4Jb6 6 . 4Jf3 4Jc6
Oral-Nerland,
7 . d 3 e7 8 . a 3 it.e6 9 . ri b 1 'tWd7
Rimavska Sobota 1 992
1 0 . b 4 f6 l l .b5 ltJd8 1 2 .d4 exd4
l . e 4 e6 2 . d4 d 5 3 . 4J d 2 dxe4 1 3 . 4Jxd4 it.c4 1 4 .0-0 0-0 1 5 . !1e 1
4 . 4J xe4 4Jf6 5 . 4Jxf6+ 'tWxf6 6. 4Jf3 cit>h8 1 6. e3 llb8 17.a4 4Jf7 18.'tWc2
h 6 7 . it. e 3 d 6 8 . it. d 3 d 7 4Jd6 1 9.a5 4Jbc8 20.tLic6!!
9.'tWe2 c6 1 0 . 0-0-0 ltJd7 l l .cit>b1
0-0-0 1 2 .c4 cit>b8 1 3 . 'tWc2 ll he8
1 4 . e2 a6 1 5 . d5 exd5 1 6 . cxd5
Game 1 1 9

b5 1 7. xb 5 axb5 1 8 . 4Jd4 b4
1 9 .cit>a1 ltJc5 20.'tWc4 ltJa4 2l .'tWb5
lbb6 22 .tLic6+!!

20 . . . ll a 8 2 1 . a 6 bxa 6 2 2 . bxa6
xa6 23.4Jb8 llxb8 24.llxb8 lbb6
25. llxf8+ xf8 26.a3 c4 27 .c5
c 6 2 8 . ll d 1 'tW c 7 2 9 . ll d4 g 8
30. 4Je4 ltJd5 3 1 . ltJxd6 xd6 32.e4
xeS 3 3 . 'tWxc5 ltJe7 34 . it.h3 f5
22 . . . bxc6 2 3 . dxc6 it.c5 24 . xc5 35.Axf5 4Jxf5 36.'tWxf5 h6 37 J1d7
llxd1 + 25. llxd1 lld8 26.llb1 lld5 'tWb6 38.'tWe5 , 1 - 0
27.'tWxb4 'tWxc6 2 8 . xb 6 'tWxb6
29.'tWf8+ cit>a7 30.'tWxf7 , 1 -0

Alekhine's Block

68

The Queen Blocks at


b6 (b3)

Game 1 2 1

Rubinstein-Gromadka,
Moravska Ostrava 1 923

Game 122

Kuijf-Hodgson,
Wijk aan Zee 1 989
1 .e4 dS 2.exd5 lUf6 3.c4 e6 4.dxe6
xe6 S . d4 j, b4 + 6 . l d 2 '1We7
7. lxb4 '1Wxb4+ 8. '1Wd2 lUc6 9. lUc3
0-0-0 1 0 . d 5 lg4 1 1 .f3 l:lhe8+
1 2 .le2 lf5 1 3 . 0-0-0 lUaS 1 4.g4
lg6 1 5 . lUh3 lUd7 1 6. cub1 Wb3!!

l .e4 eS 2.f4 lc5 3. lUf3 d6 4. lUc3


cuf6 5 . lc4 lUc6 6.d3 g4 7.h3
lxf3 8. '1Wxf3 lUd4 9 . '1Wg3 Wie7
10.fxe5 dxeS 1 1 .d1 c6 1 2.a4 llg8
1 3 . 1:lfl h6 14.lUe2 0-0-0 1 5.lUxd4
lxd 4 1 6 . c 3 l b 6 1 7 . a 5 l c 7
18.le3 b8 1 9.c2 a8 20.1lf3
cudS 2 Lg1 lUf4 2 2 . '1Wf2 bB
23.g3 lUxh3 24.!lxt7 '1Wd6 25.Wb6!!
1 7 . j, d 3 '1Wxa 2

1 8 . '1W b4

l:l e 2

1 9 . .,1xe 2 lUb3+ 2 0 . '1Wxb 3 '1Wxb3


21 .!ld2 '1We3, 0-1
J

The Bishop Blocks at


b6 (b3)
25 . . J:td7 26.lc5 !lxf7 27 . lxd6
.:tf2+ 28.'1Wxf2 lUxf2 29.lc5, 1-0

L------1

Game 1 23

Pikhailich-Guriel i,
Tbilisi 1 975
1 . e4 d6 2.d4 cuf6 3. lUc3 g6 4.f4
lg7 S. lUf3 0-0 6.le3 lUc6 7.'1Wd2

Alekhine' s Block

69

eS 8.fxeS dxeS 9.dS cubS 1 0 . c4


cu b d 7 1 1 . 0 - 0 - 0 a 6 1 2 . h 3 b S
1 3 . d3 b7 1 4 . g4 c S 1 S . g S
lUhS 1 6 . hg 1 aS 1 7 .e2 b4
1 8 . cub1 xa2 19.cuh4 lbf4 20.g4
fd8 21 .hd7 xd7 22.lUg2 adS
23.xcS xdS 24.cuxf4 exf4 2S.xb4
iLb3!!

23 . . . c8 24.exf6+ 'it>a8 2S.f7 f8


26.a6 bxa6 27.lUgS axb6 28 . cuxh7
xf7 2 9 . lUgS e7 3 0 . xb6 a S
31 .xhS Wa7 32.b2 e8 33.xe8
xe8 34.cuf7 e7 3S.lUeS, 1-0
Game l 25

26.xb3 nxd1 + 27. xd1 xb2+ ,


0-1
Game l 24

Yermo Iinsky-Epishin,
Leningrad 1 980
1 . e4 e6 2 . d4 dS 3 . lUc3 b4 4 .eS
c S S . a 3 xc 3 + 6 . bxc 3 c 7
7 . g4 f6 8 . d3 f7 9 . h4 c4
1 0 . e 2 cu c 6 1 1 . g 3 lU g e 7
1 2 . lUf3 cufS 1 3 . f4 h S 1 4 . a 4
d7 1 S . a3 0-0-0 1 6 . 0-0 ll dg8
1 7 . fb 1 h 6 1 8 . c 1 e 7
1 9 . h2 llh7 2 0 . a S d8 2 1 . a3
c7 2 2 . cS 'it>b8 2 3 . iLb6! !
(see next diagram)

Kveinys-Krarnni k,
Debrecen 1992
1 . e 4 c S 2 . lU f3 d6 3 . d 4 cxd4
4 . cux d4 cuf6 S . lUc3 cuc6 6 . gS
e6 7 . d2 a6 8.0-0-0 h6 9 . f4
d7 1 0 . g3 c 8 1 1 . f3 cuxd4
1 2.xd4 eS 1 3 . e3 e7 14 .'it>b1
0 - 0 1 S . h 4 c 7 1 6 . d3 e 6
17.h2 aS 18.e1 xc3 19.xc3
xa2+ 20.'it>c1 dS 2 1 . xeS dxe4
22.xe4 cuxe4 23.fxe4 e8 24.g3
f6 2S.d4 iLb3!!
(see next diagram)

2 6 . c 3 a 1 + 2 7 . 'it> d 2 d B +
28.d3 xd3+ 29.'it>xd3 xc2+
30.'it>xc2 tia4+ 3 l .Wd3 bS 3 2.We3

Alekhine's Block

70

After 25

. .

. b3 !!

cS+ 33.'it>f4 c4 34Jld8+ 'it>h7


35J:thdl e2 36. 'it>f5 b4 37.el
xg2 38.e5 g6+ 39.'it>e6 g4+
40. 'it>t7 hS+, 0- 1
Game 1 2 6

Howell-Zezulkin,
Pardubice 1 994

After 19

. . .

b3!!

The Knight Blocks at


b6 (b 3)
tU

tU

tU

tU

Game 1 2 7
1 . e4 cS 2 . tLlf3 tt:Jc6 3 . d4 cxd4
Gruenfeld-Polugaevsky,
4 . tt:Jxd4 tt:Jf6 S . tLlc3 eS 6 . tt:Jdb5
Riga 1 9?9
d6 7 . a4 e6 8 . tt:Jd5 l::t c 8 9 . g5
a6 10.tt:Jbc3 e7 l l . tt:Jxe7 tt:Jxe7 1 . e 4 c S 2 . tLl f3 d 6 3 . d4 cxd4
1 2 . d3 dS 1 3 . xf6 gxf6 1 4 . f3 4 . tt:Jxd4 tt:Jf6 S . tt:Jc3 a6 6. g5 e6
d4 1 5 . xf6 :tg8 1 6 . tt:Je2 aS+ 7 .f4 bS 8 . e 5 dxeS 9 . fxe5 c7
1 7 . 'it>f1 :tg6 1 8 . h4 d2 1 9.f4 1 0.e2 tt:Jfd7 1 1 .0-Q-0 tt:Jc6 1 2 .tt:Jxc6
,ab3!!
xc6 1 3 . d3 h6 1 4 . h4 Ab7
1 5 .e2 c7 16.ld.he1 tt:JcS 17.h3
(see next diagram)
b4 1 8 . tt:Jb5 axbS 1 9 . xb5+ Ac6
20. f3 lLlb3+!!
20.el xel + 21.'it>xel hc2 22.'it>d2
'

hd3 23.'it>xd3 :txg2 24.ld.agl :tf2


(see next diagram)
25.fxe5 :tf3+ 26.'it>xd4 tt:Jc6+ 27.'it>c5
tt:JaS+ 28.'it>d5 :td3+ 29. tt:Jd4 .l:.c4, 2 1 .'it>bl tt:JaS 22. :td4 ld.c8 23 . .t:ledl
0-1
gS 24. xc6+ xc6 25 .d3 e7

71

Alekhine's Block

l.l0b6+!! b8 2.h2 'li'xh2 3.J.eS+


'ifxeS 4 . tt:Jd7+, 1 -0
Game 1 2 8

Chemin-Kveinys,
Klaipeda 1 983

After 20

. .

. .:Ub3+!!

l .c4 eS 2.lUc3 fS 3.d4 exd4 4.'ifxd4


tt:Jc6 S . 'li'e3+ file7 6. tt:JdS 'ii'x e3
7.xe3 d6 8.tt:Jf3 tt:Jge7 9.0-0-0
a6 10.l0b6!!

26.e1 o-o 27.xb4 xb4 28. xb4


tt:Jc4 29 .b3 tUxe S 30 .e2 c3
3 1 . e4 tt:Jc6 32. d3 aS 33. h3
tt:J b 4 3 4 . c 4 fd 8 3 S . a 4 fS
36. f3 g6 37.b2 g7+ 38.b1
c 6 3 9 . c S tt:J d S 4 0 . c 4 tt:J f4
4 1 .b2 d1 + 42.a2 f8 43.fc3
'iHd8 4 4 . :t c2 tt:Jd3 4 S . c3 dS
46.a3 lUeS 47. b4 d3 48. b8+
g7 49. b4 d1 S O . a2 l:ta6
1 0 . . . b8 1 l .:txd6 cxd6 1 2.f4 :tf8
Sl .!Ib6 !Id4 S2.xd4 xd4 S3. :txa6
1 3 . .txd6 f6 14 .cS f4 1 S .g3 :txd6
d3, 0-1
1 6.cxd6 tt:JfS 17 . .th3 tt:Jxd6 18.:td1
Position XXV

tt:Je4 19. tt:Jxc8 tt:Jxf2 20. xd7+ d8


2 1 .:tdS xc8 22.xc8+, 1-0
Game 1 2 9

Kramnik-Georgiev,
Moscow 1 994
1 . tt:Jf3 dS 2.d4 tt:Jf6 3.c4 c6 4. tt:Jc3
dxc4 S.a4 .tfS 6.tt:JeS e6 7.f3 .tb4

Friedman-Thomson,
Canada 1949

8.e4 Axe4 9.fxe4 tt:Jxe4 10.Ad2


'ixd4 1 1 . tt:Jxe 4 'ifxe4+ 1 2 .'ife 2
Axd2+ 1 3 . xd2 't!fdS + 1 4 . <it c 2
tt:Ja6 1 S. lLlxc4 0-0-0 1 6.'fi'e3 <itb8

Alekhine's Block

72

17 . .te2 Wa8 1 8.g4 f6 1 9 . .l::t h d1 'ig2 lt:Ja6 1 0.cxdS lt:Jb4 1 l .c4 lt:JbxdS
20 . .l::txd8+ .l::t xd8 2 1 .xe 6 'ixh2 1 2. ltJ2b3 c6 1 3.0-0 .l::t e8 14 . .l::t fd1
22 . .l::t d1 .l::t b8 23.aS lt:Jc7 24.b6+U .tg4 1 S . .l::t d2 c8 1 6 . lt:JcS .th3
17 . .tf3 .tg4 18 . .tg2 .th3 1 9 . .tf3
.tg4 20 . .th1 hS 2 1 .b4 a6 22 . .l::t c 1
h 4 23 .a4 hxg3 24.hxg3 c7 2S .bS
axbS 26. axbS l:e3!! ( D,. 27 . . . .l::t x g3+
-+ )

24 . . . axb6 2 S . axb6 lt:Ja6 26 . .l::t a 1


.l::t d8 27.e7 d6 28 . .l::t xa6+ Wb8
29.frxd6+ .l::t xd6 30 . .l::t a3 cS 3 1 . .l::t b3
g6 3 2 . .l::t b S .l::t e 6 3 3 . .t d 3 .l::t e S
34 . b4 hS 3 5 . .l::t x cS .l::t e 6 36.gxhS
gxhS 37 . .l::t xh5 .l::t xb6 38.Wc3 .l::t c6+ 27. li:Jf3 (27.fxe 3 xg3+ 28 . .tg2
39.wd4 .l::t b6 40.WcS .l::t c6+ 4 1 . WdS, lt:Jxe3 -+ , Alekhine) cxbS 28 .xbS
1-0
lt:Jc3 29.xb7 'lWxb7 30.lt:Jxb7 lt:Jxe2+
31 .Wh2 lt:Je4 32 . .l::t c4 lt:Jxf2 33 . .tg2
.te6 34 . .l::t c c2 lt:Jg4+ 3S .Wh3 lUeS+
36.Wh2 .l::t xf3 37 . .l::t xe2 lt:Jg4+ 38.Wh3
The Rook Blocks at
lt:Je3+ 39.Wh2 lt:Jxc2 40 . .txf3 lt:Jd4,
e6 (e3)
0-1

Game l30

Game 13 l

Alekhine-Wolf,
Pistyan 1 922

l . d4 dS 2. lt:Jf3 cS 3.c4 cxd4 4.cxdS


lt:Jf6 S . lt:Jxd4 a6 6.e4 lt:Jxe4 7.a4+
.t d 7 8 . 'lW b 3 lU e S 9 . e 3 g 6
l .g3 eS 2. lt:Jf3 e4 3. li:Jd4 dS 4.d3
1 0 . li:Jf3 c7 1 l .'lWc3 .l::t g8 1 2 . .te3
exd3 S.'ifxd3 li:Jf6 6 . .tg2 .tb4+
b6 1 3 . li:Jbd2 .tg7 14 . .td4 .txd4
7 . .td2 .txd2+ 8. lt:Jxd2 0-0 9 . c4

Reti-Alekhine,
Baden-Baden 1 925

Alekhine's Block

73

1 5 .1!r'xd4 b 5 1 6 . xb 5 + axb5
1 7 . 0 - 0 l:t a 4 1 8 . b 4 d8 1 9 . a 3
lLlbd7 20. l:t fe 1 wf8 2 1 .d6 l2Je6
22.l:lxe6!!

22 . . .fxe6 23. lLlg5 b8 24. lLlxe6+


w7 zs.lL:lgS+ wfs 26. ds l::t g 7
2 7 . l2Je6+ Wg8 28 . l2Jxg7 + Wxg7
29.dxe7 lLlf6 30.xb5 l:ta7 3 1 ... e 1
d6 3 2 .e8=lLl+ lLlxe8 3 3 . xe8

16.fxe3 d6 1 7 . d4 l2Jd7 1 8 . l::t f4


e7 1 9 . .rJ.af1 l2Je5 20. e4 .rJ.f8
2 1 . d3 c8 2 2 . e4 g6 23 JH6
wg7 24.c4 d7 25 .h4 xf6 26J lxf6
wxf6 27. d4 1!e8 28. wf2 wg7
29.We1 f6 30.Wd2 l2Jg4 31 .e4 l2Je5
32 .'iWc3 l:te7 33.a3 aS 34 .b2
lLlf7 3 5 . c2 n e s 3 6 . a3 wf8
37. a4 g4 38. d3 We7 39.c5
dxc5 40 .'iWb5 lLld6 41 .c6 wd8
4 2 . c2 c8 43.a8 g5 44. c6

'iWxd2 34.e5+ w7 35 .h4 .r:!.xa3


3 6 . e 8 + w g 7 3 7 . l:t e 7 + w h 6
3 8 . f8 + w h 5 3 9 . r! e 5 + w g 4 gxh4 4 5 .gxh 4 Il h S 4 6 . e 5 fxeS
47. a4 e4 48.b3 b7 49.c3
40 .l:tg5+, 1 -0
xdS SO. f6+ wd7 5 1 . a4 wc6
52.e7 wb7 53 .<i(c3 c6 54.wb2
Game 132
c4 55 .Wc3 l2Jc8 56. f6 !tc5 57.h6
Razuvaev-Tiviakov,
l2Je7 58.xh7 l2Jd5+ 59. wd4 c3
Roston-on-Don 1 993
1 . d4 lLlf6 2 .c4 e6 3 . lLl f3 b6 4.g3 60. xe4 lLlb4 61 . g6 xa4 62.h5

e7 5 . g2 b7 6. l2Jc3 0-0 7.d5 c2 63 .xc2 xc2 64.f7 a4 65.h6


b 4 8 . d 2 l2J a 6 9 . 0 - 0 lLl c 5 a3, 0- 1
1 0.lLle1 l:te8 1 1 .lLlc2 xc3 1 2.xc3
exdS 13 .cxd5 lLlce4 14.lLle3 lLlxc3
1 S .bxc3 l:lxe3!!

( see next diagram)

Alekhine's Block

74

Game 133

Raedski-Krasenkov,
Rostov-on-Don 1 993

The Bishop Blocks at


e6 (e3)

cit cit cit cit


1 . d4 t2Jf6 2 . c4 cS 3 . tLl f3 cxd4
4. lbxd4 lbc6 S .g3 g6 6 . .,tg2 .,tg7
7.0-0 0-0 8 . lbc3 lbg4 9.e3 lbxd4
Game l 34
1 0 .exd 4 lb h 6 1 1 . .,txh 6 .,txh6
Beliavsky-Vaganian,
1 2 .cS d6 13 .b4 .,tg7 14J:tc1 l:tb8
USSR 1 977
1 S . a4 .,tfS 1 6 . l:t e 1 l:te8 1 7 . b S
dxcS 18.dxcS aS 1 9 .b3 .,te6 1 .d4 t2Jf6 2.c4 cS 3 .dS bS 4.cxbS
a6 5 . bxa6 .,txa6 6. lbc3 g6 7. lbf3
20.]::lxe6!!
d6 8 . g3 .,tg7 9 . .,th3 0-0 1 0 .0-0
lbbd7 1 1 . l:te1 c7 1 2 . .,tf4 l:tfb8
1 3 .'ifd2 l:tb4 14.l:tac 1 hS 1 S . .,th6
.,txh6 16.'ifxh6 l:txb2 17 .e4 .,tc8
18.Jil.e6!!

20 .. .fxe6 21 .h4 Wh8 22. lbe4 l:tf8


2 3 . !'! d 1 l:. b d8 2 4 . l:txd 8 'ifxd8
2S .xe 6 d 1 + 2 6 . W h 2 'ifxa4
27.xe7 xbS 28. lbd6 b3 29.f4
aS 30 . .,txb7 a4 31 .c6 a3 32 . c7
c2+ 33 .Wh3 a2 34.c8= 'ifxc8+
3S . .,txc 8 a 1 = 3 6 . lb f7 + W g 8
37 . .,te6 h1 + 38.Wg4 h S + 39.<it>gS
wh7 4 0 . g 4 g 1 4 1 . lb e S b 1
42. lbd7 l:ta8 43 . .,tdS hxg4 44. lbf6+
wh8 4S . .,te4, 1 -0

18 . . . lbf8 19.eS lbg4 20 . .,txg4 .,txg4


2 1 .lbe4 ti'd8 22.e6 fxe6 23 .lbh4
e8 24.dxe6 .,txe6 2S. l:tc3 ft'f7
26. l:tf3 ti'g7 27.'ifg5 l:tb6 28. lbc3
Wh7 29. l:txf8 l:txf8 30. l:txe6 l:tf6
31 .ne3 'iff7 32.ne1 nb2 33.lbe4
!'!fxf2 34.e3 nfS 3S. lbxfS 'ifxfS
36. !'!fl eS 37.lbgS+ <it>g7 38 .!'!f7+
Wg8 39.'ifxe S dxe5 40. !'!xe7 c4

Alekhine's Block

75

Game 136
4U:k7 xa2 42.xc4 a1 + 43.'it>g2
Bareev -Shirov,
a2+ 44.'it>g1 a1 + 4S.'it>g2 a2+
46.'it>h3 'it>g7 47. c6 e2 48. e6
Madrid 1 994
ne3, 1 -0
l .c4 e6 2.g3 dS 3.g2 c6 4.c2
dxc4 s . xc4 bS 6.c2 b7 7. a4
Game 1 35
a6 8.4Jc3 4Jd7 9.axbS axbS 1 0 . :xa8
Ivanchuk-Lukin,
xa8 1 1 .4Jf3 4Jgf6 1 2 .0-0 .ii. e7
Rostov-on-Dun 1 993
1 3 . b3 0-0 14 . .ii. b 2 tlc8 1 S . .ld.a1
/
1 .d4 4Jf6 2.c4 g6 3. 4Jf3 g7 4 .g3 b8 1 6 . 4J d 4 h 6 1 7 . d 3 lt:J e S
dS S.cxdS lt:JxdS 6. g2 0-0 7.0-0 1 8.c1 4Jed7 1 9.d2 lt:JcS 20. c2
4Jb6 8 . 4Jc3 4Jc6 9.dS 4Jb4 1 0 . e4 4Ja6 2 1 . 1l c 1 4Jb4 2 2 . d2 d8
c6 1 1 . a3 4Ja6 1 2. gS h6 1 3 . f4 23.4Jc2 4Jxc2 24.xc2 cS 2S . .ii. xb7
cxdS 14.exdS 4Jc4 1 S .'e2 l2Jd6 xb7 26.4Jb1 lLldS 27. d1 .iLgS
16. ad1 g4 1 7 .h3 Axf3 18. xf3 28.h4 R.e3!!
lt:J c S 1 9 . h 4 e 8 2 0 . g 2 d7
21 .'it>h2 4Ja4 22. 4Jxa4 xa4 23.Ah3
l:l ad8 24 . d3 hS 2 S . c 1 lt:JbS
26.AeS xeS 27.xeS d6 28 . e3
a S 2 9 . b4 a4 3 0 . gS 4Jd4
3l.R,e6!!

29.4Jd2 d4 30. 4Je4 b6 31 .c1


fS 3 2 . 4J c3 d6 3 3 . 'it> g 2 e S
34.4JxdS .iLxb2 3S. lt:Je7+ 'it>f7 36.lLlc6
dS+ 37.e4 xc6 38.xb2 fxe4
3 9 . d4 e3+ 4 0 . 'it> g 1 f3 4 1 . fl
'it>g8, 0-1
3 1 . . .4Jxe6 32.dxe6 a6 33.exf7+
wxf7 34 . c7 f6 3 S . 'it>g2 d6
36.cS xeS 37.bxcS bS 38.c6 a6
39.c3, 1 -0

Alekhine's Block

76

The Knight Blocks at


e6 (e3)
{[j

{[j

{[j

24J;th4 h5 2 5 . '1Wg5 .l:!.h8 26 . .l:!.e1


'lWd8 27.lt)e6+ 1!

{[j

Game 1 3 7

Gibot-Lazar,
Paris 1 924
1 . d4 lZJf6 2 . lZJd2 e5 3.dxe 5 lZJg4
4.h3 li)e3!!, 0-1
27 . . . xe6 28.dxe6 .l;!h6 2 9 . exf7
.l:!.f8 30 . .l:!.xh5 .l:!.fh8 3 1 . .l:!.xe7 4Jd7
32 . .l:!.xh6 .l:!.xh6 33.f6+, 1-0
Game 139

Fischer-Reshevsky,
New York 1 959
l . e4 c5 2 . 4Jf3 4Jc6 3 . d4 cxd4
final position

4 . 4Jxd4 g6 5 .J.e3 4Jf6 6.4Jc3 J.g7


7.J.c4 0-0 8.J.b3 4Ja5 9.e5 4Je8
l O. J.x7+ Wx7 l l.lt)e61!

Game 138

Panov-Sorokin,
Leningrad 1 953
1 .e4 c5 2. lZJf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. tt:Jxd4
lZJ f6 5 . lZJ c3 a6 6 . g 3 J.g4 7 . f3
d7 8.J.e3 lZJc6 9.'\Wd2 g6 1 0 . lZJd5
lZJxd5 1 1 .exd5 lZJe5 1 2.h3 J.c8 1 3 .f4
lZJd 7 1 4 . J. g 2 J. g7 1 5 . 0 -0 0-0
16Jbdl a5 17.Wh2 4Jc5 18.f5 J.d7
19 .h6 'lWb6 20.b3 '\Wb4 21 .'\We3
l l . . .dxe6 1 2 .'1Wxd8 4Jc6 1 3 .d2
ae8 22.xg7 Wxg7 23J:tf4 'lWb6
J.xe5 1 4 . 0-0 4Jd6 1 5 . J.f4 4Jc4

Alekhine's Block

1 6 . e 2 Axf4 1 7 xc 4 <it> g 7
1 8 . ltJe4 i,c7 1 9 . ltJc5 l H6 2 0 . c3
e5 2 1 . l:. ad 1 ltJd8 2 2 . ltJd7 l:.c6
23 .h4 l:.e6 24.ltJc5 lH6 25.l2Je4
l:.f4 26.xe7+ l:.f7 27. a3 l2Jc6
28.ltJd6 Axd6 29Jhd6 Af5 30.b4
l:. ff8 3 1 . b5 ltJ d8 3 2 . l:. d 5 ltJ f7
30 .l:.c5 a6 34 .b6 Ae4 35.l:.e1 i,c6
36.l:.xc6 bxc6 37.b7 l:.ab8 38.xa6
ltJd8 3 9 . l:. b 1 l:. f7 4 0 . h 3 .ll fxb7
4 1 .l:.xb7+ .ll xb7 42 .a8, 1-0

77

7 . Ac4 c5 8. ltJe2 0-0 9.0-0 ltJc6


1 0. Ae3 c7 1 1. .l:tc1 l:.d8 1 2 . d2
a S 1 3 . l:.fd 1 b6 1 4 . Ah6 i,a6
1 5 .Axa 6 Axh6 1 6 . xh 6 xa6
17. ltJf4 cxd4 1 8 .l:.d3 b5 19. l:.h3
e5 20.xh7+ <it>f8 21.'0e6+!!

Game 1 40

Luzgin-loffe,
Minsk 1 968
l . e4 g6 2 . ltJf3 d6 3 . i,c4 ltJd7
2 1 . . .fxe 6 2 2 . xg 6 f6 2 3 . l:. f3
4.i,xf7 + <it>xf7 5 . ltJg5+ (5 . . . <it>e8
xf3 24.gxf3 d3 25.<it>h 1 , 1 -0
6.'0e6!! +- , see diagram) , 1 -0
Game 1 42

Zaitsev-Vogt,
Baku 1 980
1 .e4 c5 2.ltJf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4. l2Jxd4
d6 5. ltJc3 ii.e7 6.g4 a6 7.ii.e3 b5
8. Ag2 ii.b7 9.0-0 h5 1 0.gxh5 l2Jd7
1 1 . a3 c7 1 2 . f4 l2Jgf6 1 3 . e 2
l:.xh5 14.f5 e 5 15.'0e6!!
final position

(see next diagram)

Game 1 4 1

1 5 . . .fxe6 1 6 .fxe6 c4 1 7 . exd7+


ltJxd7 18.'iWxc4 bxc4, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric-Smejkal,
Iceland 1 97 5
1 .d4 l2Jf6 2.c4 g6 3 . ttJc3 d5 4.cxd5
ltJxd 5 5 . e 4 l2Jxc 3 6 . bxc 3 Ag7

Alekhine's Block

78

3 1 .c2 exf3 32.lt:Jxf3 d4 33. a3


.,tg4 34 . a2 e3 3S .<itg1 be8
36.[1 Axf3 37. exf3 xf3 38.'d1
ee3 39.af2 xf2 40 .xf2 'We6
4l .Wfl cS 4 2 . d2 'Wa6 43 .d1
b6 44. d2 b7 45.Wg1 xd3 ,
0-1
Game 144
After 1 5 .4Je6!!

Vyzmanavin-Tseitlin,
USSR 1 985

1 .d4 lt:Jf6 2 . lt:Jf3 g6 3 . .,tg5 .,tg7


4 . c3 0 - 0 S . lt:J b d 2 b6 6 . e 4 dS
Miles-Littlewood,
7 . A d3 A b 7 8 . e 2 h6 9 . h4
England 1 984
dxe4 10.lt:Jxe4 lt:JhS 1 1 ..,tg3 lt:Jd7
1 .c4 eS 2 . lt:Jc3 lt:Jf6 3 . lt:Jf3 lt:Jc6 1 2.0-0-0 cS 1 3 . .,tc4 cxd4 14. lt:Jxd4
4.d3 d6 5 .g3 g6 6. .,tg2 .,tg7 7.0-0 c8 1 5.li)e6!!
0-0 8 J'! b 1 aS 9 . a3 e8 1 0 . .,tgS
h6 1 1 . xf6 xf6 1 2 . b4 axb4
1 3 .axb4 d8 14 .bS lt:Je7 1 S .b3
.,t e 6 1 6 . lt:J d 2 b 8 1 7 . .ll a 1 c6
18.a7 dS 19.c1 hS 20.a2 h4
2 1 .bxc6 bxc6 22. lt:Jf3 h3 23.h1
lt:JfS 24. lt:Jd2 .,th6 25.d1 ti)e3! !
Game 1 43

1S ... lt:JeS 16.AxeS AxeS 17.lt:Jd2 Af6


1 8 .g4 bS 1 9 . gxh S bxc4 20.lt:Jxf8
Axh1 21.4Jxg6 b7 22.4JeS b8
23.4Jdxc4 A g S + 24 . ..t>b1 'iVe4+
2S.'iVxe4 Axe4+ 26.<ita1 c8 27. d4
A fS 28 . f4 .,tf6 2 9 . 4J e 3 A e 6
30.c 4 aS 31 .b3 g7 32.Wb1 ..t>f8
26.fxe3 .,txe3+ 27.<itfl f6+ 28 . .,tf3 33 .Wc2 'lfte8 34. <itd2 Af6 3S .<ite2
Ad4 2 9 . a 3 Axc3 30. xc3 e4

Alekhine's Block

79

bS 3 6 . lt::J dS a4 37 . lt::J e7+ <it>fS <it>e7 47.f2 b1 4S.a4 fS 49.e1


3S. lt::J x e 6 + fxe 6 3 9 . lt::J d 7 + <it>f7 h3+ SO.<it>f3 d6, 0-1
40. lt::Jxb8 xd4, 1-0
Game l 46
Game l 45

Teske-Gruenberg,
Tsittau 1 989
1 . e4 lt::Jf6 2 . lt::J e 3 eS 3 . g3 e6 4. lt::J f3
b6 S . g2 b7 6 . 0-0 e7 7 .b3
0-0 8. b2 dS 9.exdS lt::J xdS 1 0. cl
lt::J a 6 1 1 . d4 eS 1 2 . lt::J b S lt::J ae7
13.lt::Jxe7 xe7 14.dxeS xeS 1 S . e4
a 6 1 6 . ll a 4 b S 1 7 . .!:t g 4 fS
1S. lt::Jd4 fxg4 19. lt::Jxe6 lLle3!!

20. xdS l::t x dS 2 l .fxe3 xe3 +


2 2 . <it> h 1 e d7 2 3 . lt::J xd S xdS
24.h3 xe2 2S.e1 d1 26.xd1
xd1 27. dS+ <it>fS 2S. <it>g2 gxh3+
29.<it>xh3 hS 30 .eS g4+ 31 .<it>g2
e S 3 2 . bS aS 3 3 . e S gS
3 4 . f6 e7 3S.d4 eS 36. f6
e7 37. Ad4 dS 3S.Ae5 <it>e7
39. <it>f2 <it>d7 40. <it>g2 Ae7 4 1 . Af6
AdS 42 . e 5 h4 4 3 . gxh 4 gxh4
44.<it>f2 e7 45 .<it>g2 f5 46. Ad4

Krasenkov-Dvoirys,
Podolsk 1 993
1 .lt::J f3 lt::J f6 2 .d4 g6 3.e4 g7 4.g3
d5 S.exdS lt::J xdS 6.g2 lt:Je6 7.e4
lt:Jb6 S . dS lt::J a S 9 . 0-0 0-0 1 0 . lt::J e 3
e6 1 1 . f4 exdS 1 2 . exdS lt::J ae4
1 3.e2 fS 1 4 ..!he1 lleS 1 S . b3
lt::Jd6 16.AeS h6 17.ed1 d7
1S.d4 g4 1 9.h3 lt::J fS 20.hxg4
lt::Jxd4 2 1 . lt::Jxd4 llxe3 22. !He1 cueS
23.Ah3 lleS 24.l0e6!!, 1 -0

final position

Alekhine's Block

80

The Knight Blocks at


d6 (d3)
{jj

{jj

{jj

{jj

Game 1 47

Neumann-Anderssen,
Berlin 1 864

Game 148

Alekhine-Allies,
Palma de Mallorca 1 935
(simultaneous consultation)
1 .e4 c6 2 .d4 d5 3 . lLlc3 dxe4 4 .lLlxe4
lLl f6 5 . d3 VJI/xd4 6 . lLl f3 VJ!i dB
7. 'ff e2 lLlbd7 8.ttld6 =11= , 1 -0

l .e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3. lLlf3 g5 4.c4 g4


5.0-0 gxf3 6.'xf3 VJ!ie7 7.VJI/xf4 lLlh6
8.lLlc3 g7 9.e5 b5 1 0 . lLlxb5 tt:Ja6
1 1 .d4 b7 12.ttld6+!!

final position

This trap is over 1 00 years old. You


can see it in the manual of Jean
Dufresne (cr. 1 88 1 ) after l .d4 d5

2 . c4 e6 3 . lLl c 3 c5 4 . lLlf3 xd4


12 . . . cxd6 1 3 .exd6 VJI/e4 14.xf7+ 5 . lLlxd4 e5 6 . lLldb 5 d4 7 . lLl d5
lLJa6 B.'a4 d7 9.e3 lLle7 1 0 . lLJd6 # ,
'it>dB 1 5 . VJI/g5+ 'it>cB 16.VJI/xg7 lLlxf7
1-0. Here are some further examples :
17.llxf7 dB 1B.it.d2 c6 1 9 .a5
'it>b7 20.it.xdB llxdB 2 1 .c4 lLlb4
Game 1 49
22 .d5 a4 2 3 . b3 llgB 24.'tWxgB
Levenberg-Bjorklund,
VJI/d4+ 25.f2 VJI/xa 1 + 26. llfl VJI/d4+
1900(?)
27. 'it>h 1 tt:Jd3 2B. VJ!if7' 1-0
1 .e4 d5 2.exd5 VJI/xd5 3. lLlc3 VJI/a5
4 . c4 lLlf6 5 .d3 g4 6.f3 h5
7.d2 c6 B.'f!Ve2 lLlbd7 9.lLlb5 dB
10.ttld6 # ' 1 -0
(see next diagram)

81

Alekhine's Block

final position

final position

Game l 50

Keres-Arlamovsky,
Szczawno-Zdroj 1 950
1 .e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.lLlc3 dxe4 4. lZ:Jxe4
lLld7 5 . WI e2 lZ:Jgf6 6.d6 =11= , 1 -0

Alekhine's Block
on the
Outerm ost Squares

Piece sacrifices on the squares a6, h6


(a3, h3) happen from time to time.
However they often do not contain
the idea of block ade, but are used
to destroy the opposing King's pa\Vn
cover. For example, as in our next
game.
final position

Game 1 52
Game l 5 1

Dudkin-Skitin,
USSR 1967

Alekhine-Tartakower,
Kecskemet 1 927
1 .e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3 . lLlc3 dxe4 4. tt::l xe4

tt::l f6 5. lLlg3 e5 6. lZ:lf3 exd4 7 . tt::l xd4


c 5 8 . Wi e 2 + e 7 9 . e 3 c 5
lZ:J c 6 5 . lLJ b d 2 VJ!i e 7 6 . a 3 lZ:Jxe5
10. tt::l df5 0-0 1 1 .Wfc4 lle8 1 2. d3
7. lZ:Jxd4 d3 =11= , 0- 1
b6 13.0-0-0 a6 14.h6+!!
1 .d4 d5 2 .c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4. lLlf3

Alekhir's Block

82

10. lLlf5 0-0 1 1 .lle1 lle8 1 2 .'if3 c5


13. Ag5 f8 14.h6+tr, 1 -0

14 ... gxh6 1 5.xh7+ lLlxh7 16.'iYg4+


'ith8 17Jhd8 xd8 18 .'iYe4 lbc6
19 .xc6 f8 20. lLlf5 c4 2 1 . xh6
d5 2 2 . VJ/fc7 llac8 23. 'iYf4 llc6
24.xf8 llxf8 25. e5+ lLlf6 26. t1Jd6,
1-0

final position

Game 1 54

Charushin-Granberg ,
corr. 1 984-85

Nevertheless, a few examples of


1 . e 4 e 5 2 . t1J f3 d6 3 . d4 exd4
Alekhine's Block on the outermost
4 . lLlxd4 t1Jf6 5 . lLlc3 e7 6.f4 0-0
squares may be seen below.

The Knight Blocks


an Outermost Square
Ci:J

Ci:J

Ci:J

Ci:J

Game 153

Alekhine-Ricondo,
Santander 1 945
(blindfold simultaneous)
1 .e4 e5 2. lLlf3 lLlc6 3.b5 a6 4.a4
lLlf6 5.t1Jc3 e7 6.0-0 d6 7.xc6+
bxc 6 8 . d4 exd4 9 . t1Jxd4 b 7

7 'iYd2 c6 8 . 0 - 0 - 0 b5 9 . f3 b4
1 0. lLlce2 lLlhS 1 1 . h4 c5 1 2. lLlb5
d7 1 3 . t1Jxd6 aS 14.d5 t1Jxf4
1 5 . lLlxf4 c6 16.c4 lLld7 1 . lLlf5
d8 18.lLld5 xd5 1 9.xd5 f6
20.'iYb3 c7 21 .b5 ct:Jb6 22. lld6
a6 23.c4 llad8 24.h6+tr

Alekhine's Block

83

24 . . . gxh6 2 5 .nxf6 aS 26.b5 Wg7


The Bishop Blocks an
2 7 . n fs n ct4 2 8 . e 3 a4 2 9 . c 3
Outermost Square
nfcts 30.nhs nsct6 31 .wb1 l2Jc4
32.xc4 nxc4 33.nc1 b6 34.cxb4
j, j, j, j,
'ixb4 35.nxc5 nd2 36.'l!\Yxd2 'l!\Yxd2
37.n5xc4 xg2 38. nxa4 'l!\Yxf3 39.e5
Game l 55
f5 + 40 . W a 1 h5 4 1 . n e 1 Wf8
Alekhine-Gutkevich,
42.a3 We7 43.nd4 'l!\Yf2 44J lee4
Moscow 1 910
g1 + 45 .Wa2 g8 46J ld5 We6
47.ncs a8 48. 1:tec4 Wf5 49.a4
(simultaneous)
We6 50.a5 Wf5 5 1. .l'ld4 'l!\Ya7 52.b4 1 .e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. lLJc3 lLJf6 4.exd5
....
b7 53.ncd5, 1 -0
exd 5 5 . g 5 e 7 6 . d 3 0 - 0
7 . l2J ge2 c6 8 . d2 e6 9 . 0-0-0
Position XXVI
lLJeB 1 0 . h 4 l2J d6 1 1 . lLJ g 3 f6
1 2.lLJh5 lLJd7 13.f4 e7 14 ..ah6!!

Spigel-Salmon,
USA 1 98 4

14 . . . l2Je8 1 5 . xg7 g5 1 6 . hxg5


l.lQh6+! ! Wh8 2. l2Jg5 l::t e7 3 .:td8!
l2Jxg7 17.xh7+, 1-0
tt:Jbd7 4 .e3! (4 . . . :txe3 5 . l2Jgxf7 := ;
4 . . . l2Jd5 5. xe7 l2Jxe7 6. l2Jgxf7 * ;
4 . . .gxh6 5. xe7 +- ) , 1 -0

Game l 56
Alekhine & Frank
Bogoljubow & Stolik,

Warsaw 1941 (consultation)


l . e 4 c 5 2 . lLJ f3 d6 3 . d4 cxd4
4.lLJxd4 lLJf6 5.f3 e5 6.b5+ l2Jbd7
7 . l2Jf5 'ifa5+ 8. lLJc3 d5 9.exd5 a6

Alekhine's Block

84

1 0 .a4 b5 1 1 .b3 lt:Jc5 1 2 . lt:Je3 l ... Ah31! 2 . lt:J e 3 xg 2 3 . lt:J f5


lt:Jxb3 1 3 .cxb3 b7 1 4 . 0-0 l:td8 (3. 4Jxg2 'ffg5 4.f3 lLlh3+ -+ ) xe4
1 5 .'ffe 2 c5 1 6.h1 0-0 1 7 . lt:Jf5 4. lt:Jg3 lt:Jh3 == , 0- 1
lt:Jxd5 18.Ah6!!
Position XXVIII

1 8 . . . f6 1 9 . 4Jxg7 lt:J f4 2 0 . e 1
Adams-Bernstein,
h8 2 1 . lt:Jf5 g8 2 2 . h4 l:t g6
USA 1936
23.xf4 exf4 24.xf4 rtdg8 25.lt:Jh4
l:t6g7 26. lhe 1 b6 27 Jle2 d4 l.Ab6!! 'ffclB 2.xg7 l:te8 3.4Jxe7+
28.lt:Jf5 e5 29.l:txe5 fxe5 30.xe5 (3 ...'ffxe7 4 ..M6 +- ; 3 ...g7 4.g5+
'ff c7 3 1 . d4 d7 3 2 . f6 'ffd 8 f8 [4 ... h8 5.f6 := ] 5.'ffh6+ e7
33.'ffxd 8 rtxd8 3 4 . 4Jxg 7 xg7 6.d6 # ), 1-0
35 .l:td1 , 1 -0
Position XXVII

Coria-Capablanca,
Buenos Aires 19 1 4

Position XXIX

t ... Ah3!! 2.h1 C2.f4 'ffg6 -+ )

xg2 + 3 . xg2 f3+ 4.g1 g4+


5. h1 l2lf3 6.'ffd 1 h3 -+

85

Alekhine's Block

Game l57

Afek-Bimboim,
Israel 1 993
l .e4 cS 2 . c3 dS 3.exdS xdS 4 . d4
cu c 6 S . lLlf3 g 4 6 . e 2 cxd4
7 . cxd4 e6 8. lLlc3 aS 9 . 0-0 cuf6
1 0 .h3 hS 1 1 . a 3 e7 1 2 . e3
cudS 1 3 . lLlxd5 xdS 14 J::k 1 0-0
1S.lUe5 e2 16.lUxd5 17.lLlxe7+
h8 1 8 J::k S a6 1 9 . b 1 d3
20. 1 j,xf1 2l.h6!!

The Rook Blocks


an Outermost Square
n

Position XXX

Morphy's Problem
Mate in Two

l.l:ta6!! A h 2 ( l . . . bxa6 2 . b7 * )

2. l:txa7 # , 1-0
2 1 . . . f6 2 2 . ll c 7 1I f7 2 3 . lZJ f S
exfS 24J:txf7 hg2 2S.g2 gxh6
26.xh6 !:! g 8 + 27. h2 d6+
28.f4 l:tg2+ 29.g2 dS+ 30.h2
xf7 3 1 . h4 e6 3 2 . f2 e4,
1/2-1/2

Position XXXI

Mate in Four

l.l:nl3+!! gxh3+ 2.f3 g4+ 3. f4


g3 4.hxg3 * , 1 -0

Alekhine's Block

86

Alekhine's Block
tn
Openin g Theory
In many cases Alekhine's Block can
be applied to the study of chess open
ings, and mention has already been
made of the now typical Exchange
sacrifice in the Sicilian Defense. Be
low is a short compilation which ex
amines an interesting variation of the
French Defense, arising after the
moves l .e4 e6 2 .d4 dS 3 . tt::J d2 eS

4.exdS xdS S. tt::J gf3 tt::Jf6 6. Ae4


e6 7.a4 a6!? 8.AbS axbS 9.axbS
tlxf3!!

a6 8 . AbS axb S 9 . axb S Vxf3 ! !


1 O.Qxf3 l:txa1 1 l . tt::Jb3 (1 1 .0-0 exd4
1 2.fff4 tt::Jbd7 1 3.'e7 l:ta8 14. tt::J e4
Ae5 1 5 . tt::J d6+ We7 1 6.tt::JfS+ exfS
1 7 . l:t e 1 + tt::J e4 1 8 .f3 d3+ 1 9 .Wfl
Ad6 2 0 . 'e3 lUeS 2 l .fxe4 fxe4
22.cxd3 Ae6 23.d4 tt::J g4 + , Weiss
Chistiak ov, Moscow 194 8 ) l:ta4
1 2.g3 tt::J bd7 1 3. 'ie7 l:ta8 1 4.dxeS
A e 7 1 S . e 6 bxe6 1 6 . bxe 6 lU e S
17. tt::J d4 tt::J dS 18 . g3 0-0 1 9 .0-0
Af6 2 0 . tt::J bS Aa6 2 1 . e 4 AxbS
22.exb5 l:tfb8 23.b4 tt::J e4 24.' id3
tt::J e e3 2 S . Ad2 tt::J x b5 26.g3 l:ta3
27. 'ie4 hS 28.l:te1 tt::J be7 29.Wg2
l:tba8 30.Af4 l:ta2 31 .l:tb1 tt::J xf4+
32.' ixf4 tt::Jd 5 33.'@cl Ad4 34.e7
l:txf2+ 35.Wh3 l:tc8 36.'igS l:txe7,
0- 1
Game 1 59

Sherbakov-Chistiakov,
Moscow 1 955
l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3. tt::J d2 eS 4.exdS
ffxd5 S. tt::J gf3 tt::Jf6 6.Ae4 ffc6 7 . a4
We will consider A) 10. xf3, B)
a6 8 . AbS axb S 9 . axb 5 Vxf3!!
10.gxf3 and C) 10J xa8
10.ffxf3 l:txa1 l l .tt::Jb3 l:ta4 1 2.dxeS
tt::J bd7 13 .0-0 lUxeS 14.tt::J xe5 AxeS
A) 10.tfxf3
1 S.'ife3 b6 16.b3 l:tg4 1 7.h3 l:tg6
18.'ti!Vf3 0-0 19.Ae3 Axe3 20.'ti'xe3
Game 158
Ab7 2 1 .f3 lUd5 22. 'ifd4 f6 23.e4
Ravinsky -Chistiakov,
e5 24.' e4 l:txg2+ 25 .h1 l:td2
l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.lUd2 e5 4.exdS 26.cxd5 Axd5 27.'ifb4 l:td8 28. ffe7
Af7 29.ffe7 l:t2d6 30.l:ta1 hS 31 .h4
xdS S. tt::Jgf3 tt::J f6 6. Ae4 'ife6 7.a4

Moscow 1 948

Alekhine's Block

87

n8d7 32.c2 dS 33.f5 xb3 l2ld4 S l .Wel l2lxf3+ 52.'>t>dl l2ld4,


34.xh5 ncts 35.f5 nct4 36.h3 o-1
nf4 3 7 . n c t nxf3 3 8 . g4 n f4
Game 1 6 1
39.g3 dS+ 40.wh2 f7 4 1 . ngl
0' Donnell-Hergott,
g6 42.c3 nxh4+ 43.Wg3 nhd4
44.c7 nd3+ 45 .wh2 n3d6 46. nat
n8d7 47. b8+ Wg7 48 . !'!a8 g5
49. 1'la6 c4 so. nxb6 .t:td2+ 5 1 . Wgl
!'!dl + 52 .wh2 r!7d2+ 53.Wg3 .l:'lgl +
54.wf3 g4+ 55.We4 nd4+ 56.We3
.l:'lg3+ 57.Wf2 llf3+ 58.Wgl ndl +
59. wg2 .l:'ld2+, 0-1

Kingston 1 992

l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3. l2ld2 cS 4.exd5


xdS 5. l2lgf3 l2lf6 6.c4 c6 7 .a4
a6 8 . b5 axb S 9 . axb 5 Vxf3!!
10.xf3 .llxal l l .l2lb3 laa8 1 2.dxc5
l2lbd7 13.e3 lZJxcS 14.l2lxc5 llal +

15 .We2 rtxhl 16.g3 e7 17.c7


0-0 1 8 . xe7 ll b l 1 9 . l2l d3 lle8
Game 1 60
20. a3 eS 2 1 . a2 l'lgl 22.l2lel
Janetschek-Weinzettl ,
.l:t h l 2 3 . h 3 lZJhS 2 4 . l2ld3 .l:'l g l
Austria 1 990
25.a4 l2lf4+ 26. l2lxf4 exf4 27.xf4
l . e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3 . l2ld2 cS 4.exd5
nxg2 28 .c7, 1/2-1/2
xdS 5. l2lgf3 l2lf6 6.c4 c6 7 . a4
a6 8 . b5 axb S 9 . axb 5 Vxf3!! B) 10.gxf3
10.xf3 !lxal l l .l2lb3 .l:'la4 1 2 .dxc5
Game 1 62
l2lbd7 13 .0-0 lZJxcS 14. l2lxc5 xeS
1 5 .b3 !lg4 16.h3 .l:'lg6 17 .c3 b6
Pletanek-Pick,
Czechoslovakia 1 991
1 8 .b4 liJdS 1 9. f3 l2lxb4 20.c3

lZJdS 2 l . c 4 l2le7 2 2 . e 3 xe3 l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3. l2ld2 cS 4.exd5


23.xe3 0-0 24 .xb6 e5 25.c7 xdS 5. l2lgf3 l2lf6 6.c4 c6 7.a4
lZJfS 2 6 . rt d l l2ld4 2 7 . W h l l2le6 a6 8 . b5 axb S 9 . axb 5 Vxf3!!
28.xe5 b7 29.f3 h6 30. nd7 ngs 1 0.gxf3 .l:'lxal l l .l2lb3 naB 1 2 .dxc5
3 1 . d6 .:as 32 .h4 !tg6 3 3 . e7 l2lbd7 1 3 . e3 fi.e7 1 4 . 0-0 0-0
!:tal + 34.wh2 na2 35.xf7+ wh7 1 5 . c4 eS 16.'c2 !td8 17.c3 e4
36.xg 6 + Wxg 6 3 7 . 1'lxb 7 .l:'l c 2 18 .c6 bxc6 1 9.bxc6 l2lf8 20.fxe4
3S.nb6 wfs 39. lk6 l2lf4 4o . .:cs+ h3 21 .1'lcl l2lxe4 22 .e5 l2lxf2

wf6 4 l . Wg3 g5 4 2 . hxg5 + hxgS


43.nc6+ wfS 44.1'lc5+ wf6 45.Wh2
.l:'lxg2+ 46.Whl .l:'lb2 47. 1'lc8 l2le6
48 .wgt wfs 49. wfl wf4 so.nes

23.xf2 f6 24.e2 l2lg6 25. g3


.l:'le8 26.h5 e6 27. nc2 l2le7
28. b5 lZJfS 29. f4 d4+ 30. Wg2
e3 31 .g3 l2lxg3 32.hxg3 l:teb8

Alekhine's Block

88

33 .VWe5 xb3 34.r!e2 b6 35.d6


Postscript
xc4 36. r!c2 nd3 37.VWb4 dS+
38.Wh3 c7 39Jk3 r!xc3 40.VWxc3 Only one type of combination has
h6 41 .b4 r!a2 42.Wg4 l:tf2, 0-1
been offered for the reader 's attenC) lO.l:!xaS

Game 1 63

Walter-Nicolaic,
corr. 1 971
l .e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3 .it:Jd2 cS 4.exd5
VWxdS S . it:Jgf3 it:Jf6 6. c4 VWc6 7.a4
a6 S . bS axb S 9 . axb 5 tifxf3!!
10 .r!xa 8 VWxg 2 1 1 . VW f3 'fWxf3
1 2 . it:Jxf3 it:Jfd7 1 3 . it:J e5 ( 1 3 . f4
b6 14J!xb8 it:Jxb8 15 .hb8 b7
1 6 . W e 2 cxd4 + , Keres) cxd4
( 1 3 . . . it:Jb6 14J'hb8 d6 1 5 . it:Jc4
xb8 1 6 . it:Jxb 6 d 7 1 7 . it:Jxd7
Wxd7 18.dxc5 , Dunaev- Kataly
mov, USSR 1949) 14. it:Jxd7 Wxd7
1 5 .f4 ( 1 S . !:txb8 d6 16.r!a8 r!e8
iii ,

Antoshin-Chistiakov, Roston

on-Don 1953) d6 1 6. xd6 Wxd6

tion, but the Russian genius Alexan


der Alekhine created combinations
in countless categories. A full study
and classification of A.A. Alekhine's
tact ical leg acy s t i ll awaits re
searchers . In playing through the
champion 's games one may find
thousands of combinational arche
types, many original with Alekhine.
For example, the following game
opens new lines of inquiry.

The Queen's Sacrifice


with a Pawn March to
f7, c7 (f2, c2 )
Game l 64

Alekhine-Samisch,
Berlin 1 923

1 7 . !txb8 Wc5 1 8 .c4 eS 1 9 .Wd2


r!.eS 20 J l a 1 d7 2 1 Jhb7 fS 1 .e4 cS 2 .it:Jf3 it:Jc6 3.e2 e6 4.0-0
d6 S .d4 cxd4 6.it:Jxd4 it:Jf6 7.f3
22Jhf7, 1 -0
it:J e S 8 . c4 it:Jxf3 + 9 . 'fWxf3 e 7
1 0. it:Jc3 0-0 1 1 .b3 it:Jd7 1 2 . b2
f6 1 3 . rl a d 1 a6 1 4 . 'fWg3 VWc7
1 5 .Wh1 ridS 1 6 .f4 b6 17.f5 i.eS
18.fxe6!!
(see next diagram)

Alekhine's Block

89

Position XXXII

18 . . . Axg3 1 9 .exf7+ h8 20.iLld5!!


(20 . . . b8 2 1 . ltJc6 AeS [2 l . . .b7
22. ltJxd8] 22.J,xe5 dxe5 23. iLlxb8
l::t xb8 2 4 . ltJc7 1 U8 2 5 . iLl e 6 , t;:,.
26.iLlxf8 and 27Jld8 +- ; 20 . . . a7
2 1 . ltJc6 J,e5 22.J,xe5 dxe5 23. iLlxa7
r!xa7 24. ltJxb6 llf8 25.iLlxc8 llxc8
26 . .b!.xd7 +- ; 20 . . . b7 2 1 . iLle6 Ae5

nxh 1 + 2 . e 2 lbxd4+
(2 . . Jhd1 3 . exf7 + d7 [3 . . . Wf8
4.iLlxe6+ Wxf7 S.iLlxd8+ +- ] 4.Axe6+
wd6 5 . J,f4 + +- ) 3 . Axd 4 llxd1
4.gxf7 + Wd7 5 . J,xe6+ (5. :!xd1 !?

22. ltJxd8 +- 20 . . . c5 2 1 . iLle6


AeS 22. Axe5 dxe5 23. iLlxc5 bxc5
24.L'Llc7 llb8 25.lbe8!! +- , Alekhine),
1-0

J,d6 6 . Axe6+ wc6 7 . A h 3 , t;:.


8 . A g 2 + ii3 ) c6 6 . llxd 1 h 8
7 . Ae3 l::t d8 8. llg1 h S + 9 . iLl f3
A fB 1 0 . n g s ii3 o -o/35)

Perhaps this combination should be


called "Alekhine's Passage. " In any
case, this theme occurred more than
once in the Grandmaster 's games. A
still more spectacular demonstration
of this can be seen in the famous
encounter Bogoljubow- Alek hine,
Hastings 1922. It also appeared in
Alekhine-Bogoljubow, Rastat 1 9 1 4
and i n Carranza-Alekhine, Buenos
Aires 1926. More examples from
Alekhine probably exist, but here is
a recent interpretation of this idea :

Porter-Vakil,
Chicago 1996

l.hxg6!!

Index of Players

Index

of Players

Afek 1 5 7
Akopian 109
Alekhine 1 , 1 6 , 1 7 ,3 1 ,3 2 ,33,34, 3 5 ,
36,43 , 5 2 , 5 3 , 7 5 , 8 1 ,82,83 ,93 ,94, 1 08 ,
130, 1 3 1 , 1 48 , 1 5 2 , 153 1 5 5 , 1 56 , 1 64
Alexandria 2 2
Allies 148
Anders sen 1 4 7
Appel 94
Apscheneek 83
Arlamovsky 150
Arnold 1 03
Bagirov 79
Bareev 9 1 , 1 36
Barlov 1 1 5
Barta 10
Bauer 55
Beliavsky 1 04, 1 06, 1 34
Benko 5
Bennett 74
Bimboim 15 7
Bj orklund 149
Bogoljubow 1 5 6
Boden 45
Borsdorf 1 1 1
Brinkmann 4 3
Bronstein 59
Bukic 1 2
Butnoris 1 0 1
Byrne 1 9
Cabrilo 1 02
Campos 56
Capablanca 56
Carstens 46
Cegal 99
Cebalo 12

Charushin 1 54
Chemikov 67
Chemin 14, 1 2 8
Chiburdanidze 2 2
Chistiakov 15 8, 159
Christiansen 23,2 7
Daskalov 63
Dawnman 2
de Firrnian 2 9
de Kossio 36
Djuric 1 02
Donchenko 39
Doroshkevich 10 1
Dubinin 58
Dudkin 1 5 1
Duz,Khotimisky 3 7

Dvoirys 146
Efimov 20
Enevoldsen 6
Epishin 124
Euwe 3 2 , 35
Evans 1 9
Feldman 47
Fischer 5 , 1 3 9
Forintos 73, 120
Fox 5 5
Frank 156
Friedstein 57
Ftacnik 42 , 7 2
Gelfand 50
Geller 8,59
Georgiev 1 1 3 , 129
Gerbets 96
Gibot 1 3 7
Gilden 23
Gligoric 1 4 1
Granberg 154
Gromadka 1 2 1
Grossman 7 5

91

92

Alekhine's Block

Groszpeter 25

Kostina 1 00

Gruenberg 1 45

Krarnni k 89, 1 2 5 , 1 2 9

Gruenfeld 12 7

Krasenkov 133 , 1 46

Gufeld 62 , 7 7

Kraulis 66

Gurgenidze 1 1 0

Kuijf 1 2 2

Gurevich 9 1

Kveinys 1 2 5 , 1 2 8

Gurieli 123

Larsen 104

Gusev 64

Lasker,Ern. 18

Gutkevich 1 5 5

Lavrentiev 66

Hansen 80

Lazar 1 3 7

Hazai 1 1 3

Lerner 1 1 7

Helmers 48

Levenberg 1 49

Henneberger 7 6

Levin 1 05

Hergott 1 6 1

Levitsky 5 1

Hodgson 1 2 2

Liebert 7

Honfi 1 1 0

Lipnitsky 98

Howell 126

Lisitsin 9 7

Huebner 7 7,99

Litdewood 1 43

Ioffe 140

Ljubojevic 50,68

Ionov 28

Lputian 107

lvanovic 49

Lukin 135

lvanchuk 1 1 8, 135

Luko 1 2 0

Ivkov 13

Lutikov 6 7

J anetschek 1 60

Luzgin 1 40

Jansa 1 1 5

Lyskov 4

Kalendovsky 1 5

MacDonnell 4 5

Kaposztas 65

Makagonov 5 7

Karoly 1 1

Makarewicz 2 1

Karpov 40, 7 1 ,8 7

Makarichev 1 1 6

Kasparov 30,68

Marache 95

Kelecevic 1 3

Marshall 3 ,44,5 1

Kengis 30

Maslov 86

Keres 1 50

Mieses 54

Klisa 1 1 2

Mikhalchishin 1 1 7

Klovans 38

Miles 1 06, 1 43

Kluger 10

Miralles 42

Konstantinopolsky 98

Morphy 95

Kortchnoi 40,85

NN (no name) 5 2 ,54

Korunsky 26

Nadanian 92

Index of Players
Natsis 103

Rossolimo 6 1

Nenashev 89

Rubinstein 8 1 , 1 2 1

Nerland 1 1 9

Ruderfer 86

Neumann 147

Rumijantzev 82

Nicolaic 163

Salomonovich 34

Nilsen 6

Salov 7 1

O'Donnell 1 6 1

Samisch 164

O'Kelly 78

Sammul 1 00

Oral 1 1 9

Sax 24

Ostrogsky 1

Schick 1 7

Padevsk:y 63

Schoneberg 7

Panov 138

Schulz 108

Pavov,.:\. 69

Seed 58

Petrosian 49

Seirawan 2 7

Pick 162

Senterev 60

Pikhailich 1 2 3

Sharbatov 92

Platonov 20

Sher 26

Pletanek 162

Sherbakov 70, 15 9

Podgacts 64

Shibarevich 69

Polgar,}. 90

Shirov 136

Polgar,Z. 14,88

Shishov 97

Polugaevsky 12 7

Simagin 4

Popovic 1 1 4

Skitin 1 5 1

Portisch,L. 4 1

Smejkal 1 4 1

Portisch,F. 1 1

Smirin 107

Przhibyl 38

Smyslov 80

Quinteros 1 1 4

Sorokin 138

Raedski 133

Sosonko 2 9,48

Ravinsky 1 58

Spangenberg 7 2

Razuvaev 79, 132

Speelman 1 05

Reissman 6 1

Spielmann 3

Rene 9

Stanishewsky 60

Reshevsky 139

Sterk 1 6

Reti 1 3 0

Stolik 1 5 6

Richtrova 88

Suetin 70

Ricondo 1 5 3

Supiko 53

Rogers 90

Sushko 1 1 2

Romero 9

Sveshnikov 24,28

Rozentalis 1 1 8

Tarrasch 93

93

94

Tartakower 1 52
Tarve 62
Teske 1 45
Timrnan 8,4 1
Tiviakov 73 , 1 3 2
Tomaszewski 25
Tomic 15
Torre 1 8 , 3 7 , 7 8
Trejbal 76
Tseitlin 47 , 1 44
Tukmakov 85
Uhlmann 84
Uhlrich 46
Vaganian 134
Van Der Wiel f!7
Vavrzhinsky 33
Vogt 1 42
Vyzmanavin 1 4
Wade 74
Walter 1 63
Weil 96
W einzettl 1 60
Wolf 1 3 1
Yanovsky 3 1 ,44,84
Yedidic 1 09
Yermolinsky 1 24
Yudasin 1 1 6
Yukhash 65
Yurtaev 39
Zaitsev 1 42
Zezulkin 1 2 6
Zhukov 2 1
Zoller I l l

Alekhine' s Block

Index of Openings

Index

of Openings

Albin Counter Gambit 1 5 1


Alekhine's Defense 20,25
Benko Gambit 134
Benoni Defense 10, 1 2
Bishop's Opening 45
BlackmarDiemer Gambit 1 1 1
Bogo Indian Defense 13
CaroKann Defense 8 7 ,90, 1 04,
1 05, 1 1 2 , 148 , 1 50, 1 5 2
Center Counter Defense 33 , 1 2 2 ,
1 49
Colle System 46,5 7
English Opening 1 4 , 2 7 , 1 2 0,
1 2 8 , 1 3 3 , 136, 1 43 , 1 45
Evans Gambit 95
Four Knights Game 76
French Defense 4, 1 1 , 1 7 ,3 5 , 5 1 ,
7 7 ,9 1 , 1 0 7 , 1 1 9 , 1 2 4, 1 5 5 , 1 5 8- 163
Goring Gambit 53
Grunfeld Defense 13 5, 1 4 1 , 146
Italian Game 5 2 , 6 1
Irregular 3 7 ,43 , 130, 1 3 7
King's Gambit 60, 1 2 1 , 1 47
King's Indian Attack 7 , 39,64
King's Indian Defense 1 06
Modem Defense 47, 1 1 0 , 1 1 3 , 140
NimzoIndian Defense 6,59,85,
86, 1 0 1
Orangutan Opening 2 1
Owens Defense 56
Petroff Defense 44, 73,92 ,99, 1 1 8
Philidor Defense 1 5 4
Pirc Defense 5,68 , 1 2 3
Queen's Gambit Accepted 79
Queen's Gambit Declined 3, 8,
16,3 1 ,42 , 74,8 1 ,82 ,94, 1 3 1

95

Queen's Indian Defense 4 1 ,48,


7 1 ,84, 1 3 2
Reti Opening 2 2 ,49, 98
Ruy Lopez 9,34,40,55 ,58,96 ,97,
1 02 , 1 53
Sicilian Defense 1 9 , 2 3 , 24,26,
28 30,3 8 ,50,63 ,656 7 ,69,70, 72,7 5 ,
7 8 , 8 0 , 8 8 , 1 03 , 1 08 , 1 09 , 1 1 4 1 1 7 '
1 2 5 - 1 2 7' 138, 139, 1 4 2 , 15 6, 1 5 7 ' 164
Slav Defense 83,8 9, 129
Stonewall Opening 1 , 1 5
Torre Attack 18, 1 44
Veresov Opening 1 00
Vienna Game 2 , 3 2 ,36,54,62
Volga Gambit 93

The Games of Adolph Anderssen . . . . . . . . . . .


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Hastings 1895, The Centennial Edition . . . . . . .
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