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Alexander Alekhine vs Mario Monticelli
San Remo (1930), San Remo ITA, rd 1, Jan-16
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Delayed castling line (C86)  ·  1-0


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Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: 34. Qxe4 dxe4
35. Rxd7 Bxb3

Now what?
36. Ng6+ perhaps?

Apr-22-06  Karpova: white is up a rook
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: Not the point. I was wondering how to proceed regardless.
Apr-22-06  CapablancaFan: <Whitehat1963> <Not the point. I was wondering how to proceed regardless.> Black is down a whole rook and you still believe that there is reasonable play left in black's position to continue? Lol.
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: No, clearly the game is lost. I'm not an idiot. I'm just wondering what is the best way to proceed IF YOU HAD TO CONTINUE. Why can't I ask the question?
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: Besides, after my line, it's not a whole rook, it's three points, and black has three passed pawns. So why not see where it goes for at least a few more moves?
Apr-22-06  OBIT: Sure, Whitehat, you are entitled to ask the question. I'd say play 36. Bd4 and work on the g-pawn (i.e. continue Nh5 or Ne6 or Rb6/Rb7).
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: Thanks.
Apr-22-06  OBIT: Oh, by the way, you were supposed to point out that 36. Bd4!? hangs a piece (36...Bxf4). Figure out why White still wins. :)
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: If 36...Bxf4, then 37. f6! and curtains shortly thereafter.
Apr-23-06  OBIT: Yes, after 36...Bxf4 37. f6! is very powerful, threatening Rxg7. I also think 37. Raa7 wins, although it's a little more complicated: 37. Raa7 e3 (or 37...Re8 38. Bxg7+ Kg8 39. Bd4 with a mating net) 38. Bxg7+ Rxg7 39. Rxg7 Bd5+ 40. Kg1 e2 41. Kf2 Bc4 42. Rge7, and the rooks dominate.

So, it appears White has two quick wins even after hanging a piece... I guess this position must really be resignable at move 34. :)

Apr-23-06  CapablancaFan: Hmmm... after 34.Qxe4 white wins in just about every variation or continuation.I'm shocked!
Apr-23-06  Whitehat1963: Oh, <CapablancaFan>, give me a little bit of a break. I just wanted to explore it and needed help figuring out best play after the loss of the rook.
Sep-02-15  ToTheDeath: Alekhine rejected 21.e6! Qd6 22.Nxf7+ because of a long unforced variation but objectively it looks very strong.

24...f5? was very weak, Stockfish finds 24...b4!! turning the tables and giving black the advantage (25.f5 bxc3! 26.fxe6 Qb7! Nf4 Qxb3 )

Monticelli was intimidated into a poor piece sac afterward and lost quite mundanely. An interesting game more for the moves that were not played than the ones that were.

Feb-14-16  RookFile: Isn't that interesting. It certainly seemed like Alekhine was winning all the way, yet black had a shot that would have given him the advantage.
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