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The review 1 number of the magazine "Schweizerische Schach-Zeitung" ("Revue Suisse D'Echecs", "Rivista Scacchistica Svizzera") for DECEMBER, 1921

by Boris Schipkov

The Hague tournament took place in the Netherlands 25.10.1921-5.11.1921.
Final standings:
1. Alekhine - 8 from 9 scores; 2. Tartakower - 7; 3. Rubinstein - 6.5; 4-5. Kostic; Maroczy - 5.5; 6. Mieses - 4; 7. Marco - 3; 8. Davidson - 2.5 (in SSZ - 2); 9. Euwe - 2; 10. Yates - 1.

Maroczy, Geza - Alekhine, Alexander [D30]
Hague 1921

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. c4 e6 5. a3 Nc6 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. b4 Bd6 8. Bb2 O-O 9. Nbd2 Qe7 10. Be2
The alternative is 10. Bd3.
10...Rd8 11. O-O e5 12. cxd5 Nxd5








   
13. Qb1
Interesting is 13. Qc2 Bg4 14. b5 with a small edge to White.
13...Bg4 14. Bd3 h6 15. h3 Bxf3 16. Nxf3 Nb6 17. Be4 Na4 18. Ra2 a5!? 19. b5 Na7 20. Ba1 Nc8 21. Rd1 Ncb6 22. Nd2 Rac8 23. Bc2 Bxa3?!
A risky move. More precise is 23...Nc3 24. Bxc3 Rxc3 25. Ne4 Rc7 with equality.
24. Bxa4 Nxa4 25. Qb3 Rc1 26. Qxa4?
A mistake. Correct is 26. Rf1! Rxd2 27. Rxd2 Rxf1+ 28. Kxf1 Nb6 29. Qd3.









   
26...Qb4!!
A strong blow overlooked by Maroczy.
27. Rxa3 Qxa4 28. Rxa4 Rxd1+ 29. Nf1 Rb1 30. Bxe5 Rdd1 31. Rxa5 Rxf1+ 32. Kh2 Rxf2 33. Bd4 b6
White resigned. 0-1

Alekhine, Alexander - Rubinstein, Akiba [D30]
Hague 1921

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 a6 4. c5 Nc6 5. Bf4 Nge7 6. Nc3 Ng6








   
7. Be3!!
A brilliant idea. The contemporaries did not understand this masterpiece in the opening (in SSZ - 7. Be3?!).
7...b6 8. cxb6 cxb6








   
9. h4!!
Another ingenious continuation! White weakens Black's kingside.
9...Bd6 10. h5 Nge7 11. h6! g6 12. Bg5! O-O?!
Better is 12... f5 13. e3 O-O 14. Bd3 with an advantage to White.
13. Bf6
Alekhine has a strategically winning position on 13th move!
13...b5 14. e3 Bd7 15. Bd3 Rc8 16. a4 b4 17. Ne2 Qb6 18. Nc1 Rc7 19. Nb3 Na5








   
20. Nc5!
A beautiful blow.
20...Nc4
After 20... Bxc5 21. dxc5 Qxc5 22. Bd4 Qc6 23. Ne5 Qd6 24. Ng4 f5 25. Be5 Qb6 White wins the exchange 26. Nf6+ Rxf6 27. Bxf6.
21. Bxc4 dxc4 22. Ne5
Possible is 22. Ne4 c3 23. Bg7 Nd5 24. Qb3.
22...Bxe5








   
23. Bxe7!
The decisive blow.
23...Bd6
If 23...Re8 then White wins with a queen sacrifice 24. dxe5 Rxe7 25. Ne4 Qb7 26. Nf6+ Kh8 27. Qd6 Bc6 28. Qd8+ Be8 29. Rd1 Rc8 30. Nxe8!! Rxd8 31. Rxd8.
24. Bxf8 Bxf8 25. Nxd7 Rxd7 26. a5
Winning.
26...Qc6 27. Qf3 Rd5 28. Rc1 Qc7 29. Qe2 c3 30. bxc3 bxc3 31. Qxa6 Rxa5 32. Qd3 Ba3 33. Rc2 Bb2 34. Ke2 Qc6 35. f3 f5 36. Rb1 Qd6 37. Qc4 Kf7 38. Qc8 Qa6+ 39. Qxa6 Rxa6 40. e4 g5 41. Kd3 Kg6 42. d5 fxe4+ 43. fxe4 exd5 44. exd5 Ra4 45. Rd1 Kxh6 46. d6 Kh5 47. d7 Ra8 48. Ke4 Rd8 49. Kf5
Black resigned. 1-0

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