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Adolf Jay Fink vs Alexander Alekhine
Pasadena (1932), Pasadena, CA USA, rd 4, Aug-18
Ponziani Opening: Leonhardt Variation (C44)  ·  0-1


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  Willem Wallekers: So eliminate the defender is the theme of week. Indeed very easy for wednesday.
Sep-29-04  fgh: Rb5 was also possible;;
Sep-29-04  greystar69: <fgh> white can answer Rb5 with Ne3. Only Bb5 works because of the dual threats of either mate or loss of queen for rook and bishop.
Sep-29-04  JustAFish: Willem,

I think the theme may be "interference by sacrifice".

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  Willem Wallekers: Could be. Interference is one way to eliminate the defender. Let's see what we are getting in the days to come.
Sep-29-04  alexandrovm: hence the bishop on e2 is pined, 14. ... Bb5 wins the game. If white takes with the pawn, then it's checkmate. So the queen is lost, or the game.
Sep-29-04  Calculoso: <greystar69> Almost. A queen for rook and bishop isn't too bad for either side (points wise, at any rate) but in this case after Qxb5 Rxb5, white cannot recapture with the pawn (Qxe2) and the bishop is still pinned - it is a queen for a bishop.
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  kevin86: The long communication line:e2 to a6,cost white the game;he needed to retreat the queen to d3 rather than the stupid knight move.
Sep-29-04  mikhs: I must agree with <gadfly> This was too easy for a Wednesday
Sep-29-04  egsmith: Rb5 does not work. But Rb6 does, right? :) 14. ... Rb6 15. Qd3 Bf5
Sep-29-04  notyetagm: This does indeed seem too easy for a Wednesday. I was going to point out that 14 ... ♗b5! wins Queen for Bishop not Queen for Rook and Bishop because after 15 ♕xb5 ♖xb5 White cannot play 16 px♖ because 15 ... ♖x♕ <REMOVES THE GUARD> of the e2 square.
Sep-29-04  Stonewaller2: Yes, after 15. ♕xb5 ♖xb5 White must play 16. ♗e3 to stop the mate threat. He's done for after 16. ♘g3? ♗xg3 17. ♗e3 (not 17. fxe3?? ♕xe2# ) 17. ... ♗xf2+.
Sep-29-04  Giancarlo: Wow, 15..Bb5, very nice.
Sep-29-04  Giancarlo: <stonewaller>
do you like playing dutch by any chance?
Sep-29-04  EyesofBlue: <egsmith: Rb5 does not work. But Rb6 does, right? :) 14. ... Rb6 15. Qd3 Bf5> That is what I came up with too. Does 14... Rb6 indeed work?
Sep-29-04  egsmith: <EyesofBlue> It does not work as easily as I had hoped. After 15. ... Bf5 the queen can retreat to d1 (or d2). The attack is strong but not yet decisive. Bb5 is the superior move so I guess I got this one wrong. Of course, a queen for a bishop does not gaurentee a win either ;)
Sep-29-04  aw1988: The solution is Rb6 Qd3 Bf5 Qf3 Bg4, winning the queen or mate.
Sep-29-04  aw1988: Or if Qd2 or Qd1, black's attack or position is pretty close to decisive.
Sep-29-04  Stonewaller2: 14. ... ♖b6 seems too slow after 15. ♕d3 ♗f5 16. ♕e3.
Sep-29-04  aw1988: I didn't get the simpler Bb5, but my guess still wins... 3 in a row! Look out thursday!
Sep-29-04  Seraph88: Very easy, but nice tactic in breaking the connection by the great alekhine.
Sep-30-04  Stonewaller2: MIssed 16. ♘e3 which also stops the mate threat. <egsmith> is right about ♗ for ♕ not being a walkover, unless maybe you're a second Alekine. Try it and see . . . I did. :o
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  perfidious: This looks fairly simple for a Wednesday puzzle.

Classic Alekhine play-a pawn for an enormous initiative.

White needed to castle instead of playing 12.Nd2, but even then his opponent has excellent attacking chances for the pawn with his huge advantage in development.

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  FSR: Playing a Brand X opening and sacrificing development to win a pawn is not a great idea against Alekhine.
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