[Event "Baden Baden"] [Site "?"] [Date "1914.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Flamberg, Aleksander"] [Black "Selezniev, Alexey"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C02"] [Annotator "Llewellyn, Alan"] [PlyCount "55"] [EventDate "1914.??.??"] {Aleksander Flamberg was a Russian citizen interned by the Germans while visiting Germany just before the war, the most famous internments were of Bogoljubov and in particular Alekhine, but Aleksander was himself quite a good player as this game shows. It was played at the outbreak of the World War I, in a tournament, amongst the interned Russians. aleksander makes a sacrifice of a Knight for an overwhelming attack.} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 {The French Defence is characterised by the advance of the e pawn by Black to e6 early on, White here takes advantage of the lack of central pawns by Black to take ground in the centre with the Advance Variation but an almost immediate c5 by Black makes this look a waste of time usually.} c5 4. Nf3 cxd4 5. Qxd4 { This is an old way of playing this opening which due to its poor results went out of fashion.} Nc6 6. Qf4 Nge7 7. Bd3 ({Wild complications arrise from Ng5 threatening Qxf7# but its clear White gains nothing from this move.} 7. Ng5 Nxe5 8. Qxe5 f6 9. Nxe6 fxe5 10. Nxd8 Kxd8 $15) 7... Qc7 8. Nc3 Ng6 {attacking the Queen.} 9. Bxg6 hxg6 10. O-O a6 11. Re1 Be7 12. Qg3 {Aleksander wants to swap off his dark squared Bishop for Alexeys. The Queen thus gets out of the way of his Bishops route to g5.} Bd7 13. Bg5 Bb4 $6 {This is an attempt to gaain an advantge by Alexey which backfires badly, rather than swap off Bishops to an even position, Alexey wants to break up the pawn structure of Aleksanders Queenside and posibly gain a pawn or two in the ensuing melee.} 14. Re2 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Na7 16. Re3 Bb5 $2 $14 (16... Nb5 {this makes a lot more sense than what was played...}) 17. Bh4 Qc4 18. Nd4 Rc8 19. Rf3 $3 { suriptitious manouvering which looks innocuous but has a plan.} Qc7 $4 20. Nxe6 $3 fxe6 (20... Qc6 21. Nxg7+ Kf8 22. e6 Kxg7 23. Rxf7+ Kh6 24. Qg5#) 21. Qg4 $6 (21. Qxg6+ Kd7 22. Rf7+ Kc6 23. Qxe6+ Kc5 24. Rxc7+ Rxc7 25. Qd6+ Kc4 26. Qb4#) 21... Qxe5 22. Qxg6+ Kd7 23. Qf7+ $1 Kc6 24. Bg3 $3 Qe4 (24... Rhf8 25. Qe7 Rce8 26. Qb4 Qe4 27. Qd6#) 25. Re3 $1 Qxe3 (25... Qf5 26. Rxe6+ Kc5 27. Qe7+ Kc4 28. Qb4#) 26. fxe3 Rhe8 27. a4 Bc4 28. Rb1 {and if Alexey moves his pawn to b6(seemingly defending against Qxb7+), then Qxa7 is Aleksanders response so seeing the position as hopeless, Alexey resigned here.} 1-0