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Francisco Lupi vs Alexander Alekhine
"Fruit Lupi" (game of the day Mar-12-2009)
Estoril (1946), Estoril POR, rd 4, Jan-09
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  0-1
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Feb-23-04  TrueFiendish: The last recorded game of the great one, and he hammered his opponent mercilessly.
Feb-24-04  Whitehat1963: Why over?
Feb-24-04  TrueFiendish: You mean apart from the fact that black is three pawns up with a lead in development and an attack and white's king rook can't get out?
Jul-19-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: In the final position, Black is threatening both 23...Qxa1 and 23...e2.
Aug-20-04  checkpat: Bc3 parries both threats!
Aug-21-04
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  tpstar: After 23. Bc3 e2 24. Ba4 (24. Bxe2?? Rxe2) Qe4 threatens 25 ... Qe3+. On 25. Bd2 or 25. h3 Black plays 25 ... Be6 & 26 ... Bxc4, now 4 Pawns up with an easy win. If 25. Qf2? or 25. Qg3? Black plays 25 ... e1=Q+ winning a Rook.
Aug-10-07  wolfmaster: 13...Ng3+ was too mundane for Alekhine?
Aug-10-07
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  tamar: Alekhine was drunk.
May-14-08  RookFile: For some reason, Lupi thought it was a good idea to make 7 pawn moves out of the first 10 against Alekhine.
Mar-12-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: Lupi beat Alekhine once:

F Lupi vs Alekhine, 1946

Alekhine chose to resign the game, although he was only a ♖ and two ♙s down.

Mar-12-09  kellmano: Man of the match: The black Queen. No doubt.
Mar-12-09
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  whiteshark: 10.Bc4 might have been a good alternative.
Mar-12-09
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  kevin86: Alekhine's last game (at least in the base)-and a beauty.
Mar-12-09  njchess: White goes horribly wrong with 5. d3 falling headlong into Alekhine's trap. Better would have been to return the material by playing the somewhat awkward looking 5. Nd3 (e.g. 5. Nd3 Bxc3 6. dxc3 Nxe5 7. Be3 =). Great, punishing attack from one of the best attacking players of all time.
Mar-12-09
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  MrMelad: "Fruit Lupi", as in Fruty loops the software?
Mar-12-09  TheDestruktor: Position just after move 10:


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Kasparov said (I forget the exact words) that Alekhine’s combinations seemly come from nowhere, like a sudden storm in a blue sky. This is the case here. Who could tell that such complications would arise from this position, where the Knight in e7 is the only Black piece out of the first rank?

Many beginners would look only at the pawns in the center, and say that white is better here. Actually, Black has what could be called a latent piece activity – Rook, Knight, Queen and Bishop are not in activity right now, but ready to enter in activity immediately. Besides, Black has castled.

The move that put white in trouble was 10.c4. White wanted to make the Knight run away from the center, but it ran towards f5, to join the attack. Besides, after 11...Nf5, instead of castling,white had to waste a decisive tempo with 12.c3, to protect the pawn in d4 (left unprotected by the move c4 and attacked by ...Nf5). This allowed 12...Qh4+ (which would not be so strong if the Knight were not in f5) and white was under a powerful storm.

10.Bc4 followed by 11.0-0 would give a playable position for white (well, until the next storm).

Mar-12-09  malaka: Lupi lost because he took great risks.
One has to do this to beat one of the greatest chess players ever!
Mar-12-09  solskytz: There are two moves which I really don't understand. One is 15. Kg1 (why not Nf3?) The other is 16. cd (why not Nd3?)
Mar-12-09  WhiteRook48: total domination!
Mar-12-09  TheDestruktor: <solskytz: There are two moves which I really don't understand. One is 15. Kg1 (why not Nf3?) The other is 16. cd (why not Nd3?)>

Indeed, there is no forced tactics against 15.Nf3. But black is still winning easily after 15...Nc6 (better development and coordination, material advantage, the pawn in e3, white rook out of play).

Now 16.Nd3 is a little worse. 16...Nxe2+ 17.Qxe2 Qxc4, winning a second pawn. And if 18.Bxe3 then 18...Bf5 and try to find a way out.

Nov-10-12  screwdriver: I might be wrong, but after playing through the moves at the end 22.Bd1 Qd1 23.Bc3 e2 24. Ba4 Qb6+ 25.Qf2 e1=Q+ 26.Bxe1 Rxe1#

So, it's understandable why Lupi resigned to Alehine since this looks relatively forced. Maybe someone can verify it with a chess engine. Thanks. Great win by Alekhine!

Jun-05-14
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  kingscrusher: Is this really alekhines last game ?!
Jun-05-14  aliejin: "Is this really alekhines last game ?!"
Yes, it was.

"This was the last game played
by Alekhine
and he did so with the same energy as in their heyday" Agony of Genius - Pablo Moran

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