Alekhine Needs This Pawn On f7 Even At The Cost Of A Queen Sacrifice

In this famous exhibition chess game Alexander Alekhine sacrifices his queen just for advancing his f pawn to f7-square! What is interesting Alekhine’s pawn makes the journey from f2 to f7 in successive moves. Once the pawn reaches the seventh rank, Saemisch cannot save the game, so instead he saves himself the trouble of playing on, as the f7 pawn demoralizes his pieces and he cannot cope with the white knights that will crawl throughout his position. A perfect pawn-dash which suits Alekhine’s tactical style.
Alexander Alekhine vs Friedrich Saemisch
Exhibition game (1923), Berlin GER
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Be2 e6 4. O-O d6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Nf6
7. Bf3 Ne5 8. c4 Nxf3+ 9. Qxf3 Be7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. b3 Nd7
12. Bb2 Bf6 13. Rad1 a6 14. Qg3 Qc7 15. Kh1 Rd8 16. f4 b6
17. f5 Be5 18. fxe6 Bxg3 19. exf7+ Kh8 20. Nd5
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