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Francisco Lupi
Number of games in database: 17
Years covered: 1940 to 1946
Overall record: +2 -11 =4 (23.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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(born Mar-06-1920, died Jan-??-54, 33 years old) Portugal

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Francisco Duarte de Almeida Lupi

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 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs F Lupi 1-037 1940 EstorilE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
2. F Lupi vs Alekhine 0-139 1945 SabadellD85 Grunfeld
3. F Lupi vs Alekhine 0-129 1945 Gijon (03)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. R H Newman vs F Lupi  1-035 1946 London BD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
5. G A Thomas vs F Lupi  0-137 1946 London BC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
6. Euwe vs F Lupi  1-052 1946 London BD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
7. F Lupi vs M Christoffel  0-142 1946 London BB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. I Koenig vs F Lupi  ½-½28 1946 London BA04 Reti Opening
9. F Lupi vs Alekhine 0-122 1946 Estoril (04)C42 Petrov Defense
10. P Devos vs F Lupi  1-053 1946 London BC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. F Lupi vs G Abrahams  ½-½60 1946 London BB72 Sicilian, Dragon
12. F Lupi vs Alekhine 1-048 1946 Estoril (02)C10 French
13. Denker vs F Lupi  ½-½64 1946 London BD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
14. F Lupi vs A Medina Garcia  0-143 1946 London BC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Alekhine vs F Lupi ½-½30 1946 Estoril (01)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. F Lupi vs W Winter  0-128 1946 London BA12 English with b3
17. F Lupi vs G Wood 0-142 1946 London BC55 Two Knights Defense
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Aug-03-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: This Lupi-fella played 6-out-of-9 games in his life against late Alekhine. Suspicious.
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  TheAlchemist: "Lupi" means "wolves" in Italian
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  Knight13: ... And Lupi even beat Alekhine once.
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  Calli: He is a Portugeuse player Francisco Lupi.
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  Eric Schiller: <AUTOGUY> Chessgames database is small. I have more games in my set, he played a round-robin in London in 1946. You need at least a million game database to draw any conclusions.
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  WannaBe: Loopy Lupi? =)
Aug-03-06  DutchDunce: At least the F doesn't stand for "Froot"....
Aug-04-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Eric> I suppose you are correct. I should add - "according to this database". Still, Lupi & late AA might be friends or something.
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  TheAlchemist: Didn't Alekhine use to live in Portugal towards the end of his life? And there probably weren't that many tournaments back then, he traveled to what was "available" (Estoril is in Portugal, Gijon an Sabadell are in Spain) and so did Lupi, perhaps.
Aug-04-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <TheAlchemist> You are correct.

As wikipedia ( quotes:

<By 1943 Alekhine was spending all his time in Spain and Portugal as the German representative to chess events. In April 1944, he narrowly won a match against Ramon Rey–Ardid at Zaragoza (+1 –0 =3). In July 1944, he won at Gijon. In March 1945, he won at Madrid. In July 1945, he tied for 2nd-3rd with Antonio Medina–Garcia at Gijon. The event was won by Antonio Rico. In August 1945, he won at Sabadell. In August 1945, he tied for 1st with Lopez Nuñez at Almeria. In September 1945, he won at Melilla. In Autumn 1945, he took second at Cáceres, behind Lupi. Alekhine's last chess match was with Francisco Lupi at Estoril, Portugal in January 1946. Alekhine won two games, lost one, and drew one.>

Apparently, Lupi was one of the strongest players in the region.

Aug-04-06  blingice: <WannaBe> Froot Lupi...
Aug-04-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <blingice> Witty... :) Francisco Lupi it is.
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  Calli: For more on Francisco Lupi see Chess Note 4388
Apr-29-08  wolfmaster: Not the sanest chess player, but he still beat Alekhine...
May-19-08  brankat: For all intents and purposes F.Lupi was practically supporting A.Alekhine during the last couple of years of his life, when Alekhine was completely destitute, 1945 - 46.

Mr Lupi also acted on Alekhine's behalf during the Congress in London 1946, when a debate was going on about possibility of Alekhine's WC Title defense.

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  OhioChessFan: <Not the sanest chess player, but he still beat Alekhine... >

Beat Alekhine in sanity or chess?

Sep-22-12  The Last Straw: <OhioChessFan> Probably in sanity. Alekhine was a very drunk guy :-).
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  Fusilli: No bio here for Alekhine's last sparring partner. As <Calli> noted, there is info on

Perhaps one of the cg biographers would like to honor Mr Lupi with a short biographical blurb...?

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  Stonehenge: I found some info here:

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  Fusilli: <Stonehenge> Thanks! Dead at 33. Poor fellow.
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  perfidious: The cause of Lupi's death was congenital endocarditis; presumably, wartime privation did little to help him.
Jan-11-13  Parbrahman: Portuguese champion. In a tournament in Caceres, Spain in December 1945 he beat then reigning world champion Alekhine twice. The first of these two games cannot be found. The only game that a reigning world champ had lost which cannot be found anywhere.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Francisco Lupi.
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