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Rudolf Johannes Loman vs Alexander Alekhine
"Death of a Salesman" (game of the day Mar-30-12)
Scheveningen (1913)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Center Attack (C84)  ·  0-1
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Jun-20-06  lopium: 32.Qb2! What an incredible move!! Very nice game, can it be a puzzle, for Qb2 or white wasn't lost after this move?
Jun-21-06  sneaky pete: <lopium> 34.Qe1 is a mistake. After 34.Qg1 Be4 35.Ra3 .. (Mieses) black has no better than 35... Bxg2+ 36.Qxg2 Qb1+ draw.
Mar-30-12
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  waustad: Willie get the pun?
Mar-30-12  jackmandoo: Someone please tell me why the rook can't simply take the queen here at the end. I'm baffled.
Mar-30-12
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  al wazir: <jackmandoo: Someone please tell me why the rook can't simply take the queen here at the end.> 42. Rxc2 Bxc2, followed by ...b1=Q
Mar-30-12  rilkefan: <<jackmandoo>: Someone please tell me why the rook can't simply take the queen here at the end. I'm baffled.>

Black takes back with the bishop and white can't prevent b1=Q. If 43.Qe1 then ...b1=Q (or R) 44.e8=Q+ Rxe8 and white can't play 45.Qxe8# because his queen is pinned to his king.

Inspired pun, I love it.

Mar-30-12
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  crafty: 42. Rxc2 Bxc2 43. Kf2 b1=Q 44. Qa6 Qb8   (eval -11.98; depth 16 ply; 100M nodes)
Mar-30-12
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  shakespeare: 33. Qb2 Bxe7 - 34. Bd3 Ba3!!

best continuation 35. Qxc3 Qc1 36 Qxd4 Qb2 and the exchange of Queens is forced due to the mate threat

and black has got nothing exept a lost piece for two pawns - a technically won endgame

Mar-30-12
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  rogl: When I played through this game I thought that 32...Qb2 looked like a fantastic move. I just had to check it out with Houdini 2 to see if it was a sound move as well. Sadly it turns out to be a losing move. Loman needed to find 33.Ba3!. Alekhine has nothing better than 33...Qxc3 34.Qc1 Qxd4 35.Qb2


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This forces the exchange of queens, clearly leaving black with not enough compensation for the piece.

Mar-30-12  Penguincw: I'm not sure why white would drop two bishops here.
Mar-30-12
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  David2009: Here's the position after 32...Qb2


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with an interactive link to Crafty End Game Trainer:
http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t...

After 33.Bxe7 Alekhine played 33...Bd3!? allowing 34.Ba3! (Loman's missed opportunity to win). But the EGT prefers 33...Be4 threatening Bxg2+. I can find nothing better than 34.Kg1 leading to a draw after 34...Bd3 35.Qe1 Be4 36.Qf1 Bd3. Is there a win for White that i hae missed somewhere in this sequence?

In this line, after 34.Kg2, 34...Bxg2 is not check which gives White time to play Qc1 remaining a piece ahead. Here's a second link to Crafty End Game Trainer to explore this variation: http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t...

White is a Bishop ahead but the EGT puts up a very stiff resistance and the win is by no means easy to find.

Mar-30-12  Memethecat: 32...Qb2!!
Mar-30-12
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  kevin86: Did anybody notice the twopenny trap black could have fallen into:42 Rxb2 Rxb2??? 43 e8=Q#
Mar-30-12
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  Calli: <David2009> The trick after 33...Be4 34.Ba3 Bxg2+ 35.Kg1! Qxc3 36.Kxg2 is that 36...Rxa4? fails to 37.Rc1

32...Qb2? - a losing move

Mar-30-12  thendcomes: A couple have already alluded to it, but for those interested, Willy Loman is the main character in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman.
Mar-30-12  thendcomes: <kevin86> What is a twopenny trap? Surprisingly, a google search revealed no definitive answer.
Mar-31-12
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  kevin86: <theendcomes>I heard the term "twopenny Trap" in an old chess book. I think it is British and refers to a cheaply-made device,that is easily avoided but lethal,if set off.

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