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Bohor Hallegua vs Alexander Alekhine
Exhibition game (1914), Paris FRA, Jul-??
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46)  ·  0-1



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Nov-15-06  jegbjerg: 18...Bxg4! begins a beautiful combination.

White resigns in the final position, since the queen is lost after 26.Ke1 Bh4+ 27.Kd2 Bg5.

Oct-04-08  Xeroxx: Hallegua, sweet Jesus! What a great combnation!
Jan-18-09  goofalumps: This combination is used as an example of demolition of the enemy kingside pawn position by piece sacrifice in Kotov's article on Strategy and Tactics of Attack on the King in the classic book The Art of the Middlegame by Keres and Kotov. The white player is named as Allegat in the text.
Jan-18-09  Calli: <goofalumps> thanks for the info See B Hallegua for discussion of the mysterious "Hallegua".
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  whiteshark: <Calli> If you look at the Mannheim 1914, Hauptturnier A crosstable it looks more like <Hallegna>

Feb-23-09  Calli: Actually, somebody had already posted a link to that crosstable (17 Oct 2008) before your post on B Hallegua page. Nobody seemed to notice the spelling then, so I didn't comment on it.

My impression is that this name was originally in a different alphabet. This would account the four or so spellings that I have seen. They may be various phonetic interpretations of the way the player said his name.

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  Alex Schindler: If he was Turkish, there is a Sephardic name found among Turkish Jews sometimes spelled Hallegua. Like many Ottoman Jews after the Alhambra Edict, the origins of the family are Spanish (originally Andalusian). I believe the current chief rabbi of Turkey (the "hakham bashi" is a Halewa or Haleva (same name).

But I haven't really been able to find any biographical information about this player at all. Not even a first name. Just two losses to Alekhine and a decent tournament result without games recorded for posterity.

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