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Joaquin Torres Caravaca vs Alexander Alekhine
Exhibition game (1922), Seville ESP, May-31
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  0-1

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Dec-13-04  Lawrence: <meloncio>, great-great-uncle-once-removed Joaquin's game against Alekhine (the last 3 moves of it) is featured in Chess Mentor 3, exercise 1591.

And thanks to <AdrianP> I see it's also in "OMGP".

Dec-13-04  drukenknight: what does that mean anyhow? Is meloncio your great uncle or Joaquin? or did you great uncle remove Joaqin's game??
Dec-14-04  Lawrence: <drukenknight>, I would love to have a great-uncle as simpático as <meloncio> but actually meloncio is related to Joaquín Torres Caravaca. See the posts for J Torres Caravaca vs Menchik, 1929
Dec-14-04  meloncio: <drukenknight> Lawrence, as usual, is right. Joaquín Torres was exactly my mother's cousin's uncle (I think I was a bit wrong in a previous post about the family connection). More information and anecdotes in Joaquin Torres Caravaca

<Lawrence> I can tell you that this game (not a simul but a face-to-face exhibition game), is also in some spanish books, from Pablo Morán for instance.

Dec-14-04  meloncio: I would like to add that, thanks God, I didn't inherit the awful Caravaca (cow-like face) surname, but it still is "running" in other branches of my family.
Dec-14-04
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  vonKrolock: <meloncio> The History from my State in South Brazil registers the exploratory wanderings of the great Cabeza de Vaca, he's said to have discovered (from the european point of vue) the Iguaçu (or Spanish Iguazu) Falls between Brazil and Argentina - and he's the same that played an important rôle in the discovery of Florida State
Dec-14-04  meloncio: <vonKrolock> Near my home there's a street with his full name: Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. I know his terrible story after the Narváez's calamitous expedition to Florida, and I have the book he wrote about it: Naufragios (Shipwrecks?). I know he got come back to Spain and went again to America as "Adelantado" in La Plata Bay, but I don't know much about the rest of his life.

And by the way, nothing to do with my distant uncle J.Torres Caravaca. :-D

Dec-15-04
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  vonKrolock: <meloncio> I know: I was searching something about the etymology of the Caravaca surname on-line (to add to Yours and <Lawrence>'s interesting givens), and in the absence of some concrete information for the while, i had at least a clear proof that an important personality received actually a surname whith indisputable bovine inspiration. About Alvar Núñez as pioneer of USA SW, i found a very cute "VACA FACTS" (!!) site here www.floridahistory.com/cabeza.html <Cabeza de Vaca was the First European Explorer of America's Gulf Coast States> and for his significance in the history of the Plata River Region this one here marenostrum.org/bibliotecadelmar/historia/cabezadevaca/ whith a plausible explanation about the surname (refering to a xiii Century episode:

<Cómo indicó la entrada al mencionado paso el astuto alhaja? Pues señalando el lugar con el cráneo de una vaca> and also : <Entre 1541 y 1542 capitaneó una expedición que recorrió 1.600 km. por la costa sur del Brasil hasta Asunción, la capital de Río de la Plata.

Como adelantado de la Corona de España, Alvar Núñez descubrió unos impresionantes saltos de agua que bautizó como de Santa María, y que luego pasaron a llamarse Cataratas del Iguazú, basándose en el nombre guaraní del lugar; Iguazú significa 'agua grande'.>

So a Spanish explorer was a pioneer not only in Mexico or Argentina, but entered also to USA and Brasil history!

May-24-06
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  offramp: Chess wanderer Parimarjan Negi has been travelling through time and space and now he become 'Lost in Space' in Seville in 1922!

Can you find him before his oxygen runs out?

Jul-16-06  meloncio: <offramp> White's move 23. Two months later, so I'm afraid his oxygen is over. Sorry the delay.
Jul-16-06
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  mig55: 29.Nf3/Qh5 and black has won a piece...
Jan-12-07  micartouse: In this game, I'm delighted by Black's moves 16-18 which show a case of doubled pawns being strong - the rear pawn fills the hole left by the front pawn. All with gain of tempo here! A similar concept was carried out in the game Harmonist vs Tarrasch, 1889 by Black. This helps clamp down the center and unleashes the latent power of the bishops.

Alekhine craftily plays the combo 24 ... d4! in order to prepare the 28 ... Qxh3! pattern, and his opponent graciously allows the pure mate. Interesting game overall, but pretty much a crush.

Jan-12-07  micartouse: Also, Kasparov explains 21 ... Kh8. It's not just to prepare a possible ...Rg8. The real reason is Alekhine has already planned the ...d4 breakthrough and doesn't want to allow a Qxc4+ zwischenzug!

Very impressive stuff.

Dec-13-10  Llawdogg: Beautiful queen sac and very nice Chess Mentor game. Al-YECK-in was a great champion.
Feb-02-13
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  offramp: It's a cracking finish.
Mar-14-13  NightroGlycerine: A pity white didn't find 26. Bg1!, equalizing according Rybka.
Mar-14-13
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  beatgiant: <NightoGlycerine>
I'd be very curious to see Rybka's line. At first glance, 26. Bg1 <g5>, for example, looks hard to meet.
Dec-20-14
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  TheFocus: Exhibition game played in Seville, Spain on May 31, 1922.

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