(38) Alekhine,Alexander - Podgorny,Jiri [B22]
Prague Prague (17), 26.04.1943
[Llewellyn, Alan]

Alexander Alekhine in his fifties here plays a blinder but still finds it difficult against a new breed of chess player in Jiri Podgorny with the new soviet school taking shape. This was one of his last games, it was held in occupied prague during the Second World War. The deepness of the combination which wins, is incredible.

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nc6
[4...Nf6 5.Be3 Bg4 6.Nf3 e6= ]

5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 e6
[7...Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Qxd4?? 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Qxd4+- ]

8.Nc3 Bb4 9.0-0 Qa5 10.a3! Nf6?
This may seem like a natural move but quite incredibly it loses!!!! [10...Bxc3! ]

11.d5 exd5 12.axb4!! Qxa1 13.Nd2!! Bxe2 14.Qxe2+ Ne7 15.Re1 0-0 16.Nb3!!
[16.Qxe7?? taking the seemingly enprie Knight loses but there is a twist to the tale. 16...Rfe8 17.Nxd5 Rxe7 18.Nxe7+-+ ]

16...Qa6 17.Qxa6 bxa6 18.Rxe7
now the Knight can be taken with immunity the resulting position is won for Alexander as the Rooks have limited scope against the extra pieces White has.

18...Rab8 19.b5!!
blocking the Rooks posibilities and ensuring the win.

19...axb5 20.Rxa7 b4 21.Ne2 Rfc8 22.f3 Ra8 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.Kf2 Nd7 25.Nf4 Nb6 26.Ke3 Rc8 27.Kd3 g5 28.Nh5
28...h6 29.Bd2 Nc4 30.Nf6+ Kg7(else Bxb4 is check) 31.Bxb4 Bc3 sees an advantage to White though maybe Jiri had just had enough of Alexanders brilliant play and felt the position was hopeless against the great man. 1-0