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Alexander Alekhine vs Ferran Freixa
Simul, 30b (1928), Barcelona ESP, Jan-24
Italian Game: General (C50)  ·  1-0


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  GrahamClayton: According to Skinner and Verhoeven in "Alexander Alekhine's Games of Chess, 1902-1946", Alekhine's behaviour at this simul left a lot to be desired!

"Simultaneous Display at the Iris Park, Barcelona, 24 January 1928

For his first European exhibition as world champion, Alekhine agreed to give a simultaneous display against 30 strong opponents, who came from all over Cataluņa. The display took seven hours to complete and at the end, Alekhine had won 21 games, drew 2 and lost 7. All the games were published in La Nau and later in El Ajedrez. In spite of the great friendliness and hospitality shown to Alekhine by the local aficionados, his behavior left a lot to be desired. It appeared to border on megalomania. For example, not only was he rude and overbearing to his opponents, but on some boards, where the positions were dubious for him, he insisted on adjudicating them as being in his favour, and he forced his opponents to resign. After such a warm welcome and lavish hospitality from his hosts, his behaviour was very churlish."

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  TheFocus: From a simultaneous exhibition in Barcelona, Spain on January 24, 1928.

Alekhine scored +21=2-7.

See <El Ajedrez 1980>, pg. 436.

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  MissScarlett: <Freixit>
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