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Conrado Bauer vs Alexander Alekhine
"Sour Bauer" (game of the day Oct-23-2011)
La Plata (1926), La Plata ARG, Oct-21
Russian Game: Three Knights Game (C42)  ·  0-1



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Apr-01-08  Knight13: No kibitzing yet? This game's amazing!

White's mistake is bringing the queen out too early and messing around with it with no effects. Black, on the other hand, actually achieved something with his own queen.

Oct-23-11  sevenseaman: A thrilling combination hatched by Alekhine while Conrado was out collecting firewood.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Simply 4.Nxe5 with a Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense Reversed and an extra useful tempo ensures that White will at least retain the slight initiative conferred by the first move. 4.d3? was timid--not the best way to play against Alekhine.
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  FSR: <An Englishman> is quite correct. It's obvious that Bauer was terrified of Alekhine, and on the defensive from move 4 on.
Oct-23-11  erimiro1: At least 2 Bauers joined the losing side during the history (Lasker-Bauer, was the earlier Bauer). Where was Jack Bauer when his family needed him?
Oct-23-11  nolanryan: she shouldn't play like such a thug. give bauer more hope next time plz
Oct-23-11  Whitehat1963: 33. Qxe4 Rxe2+ 34. Qxe2 Bxe2 35. Kxe2 and now black has Q+N v. RR+N with six pawns v. four pawns. Easy win for black?
Oct-23-11  SuperPatzer77: <Whitehat1963: 33. Qxe4 Rxe2+ 34. Qxe2 Bxe2 35. Kxe2 and now black has Q+N v. RR+N with six pawns v. four pawns. Easy win for black?>

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<Whitehat1963> Yes, of course, Black wins.

33. Qxe5 Rxe2+, 34. Qxe2 Bxe2 35. Kxe2 - That's your analysis (see diagram below:)

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Black wins below:

35...Qg4+, 36. Ke1 Qg2! (double attack), 37. Rab8 Nf3+, 38. Kd1 Qxf1+ (winning the White Knight), 39. Kc2 Qe2+, 40. Kb3 Nd2+ (winning another piece - the White Rook)

It is because the White Rook is exposed at the a8 square. Black sure can go for the double attack.


Oct-24-11  Whitehat1963: Ah, nice. Thanks, <SuperPatzer77>!
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  kevin86: Was the loser the right Bower or the left Bower? Either way,he was the wrong Bower...
Oct-24-11  SuperPatzer77: <Whitehat1963> Thanks.

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<Whitehat1963> When it is 35...Qg4+, Fritz 5, however, showed me below:

35...Qg4+, 36. Ke1 Nf3+!, 37. Kd1 Nxh2+ (discovered check), 38. Kc2 Nxf1, 39. Rbb8 Qe2+, 40. Kb3 f3, 41. Rh8+ Kg6, 42. Rad8 Nd2+, 43. Kb4 f2, 44. Rhe8 Qg4+, 45. Kc5 f1=Q


Jan-31-12  Calli: From a simultaneous clock exhibition, played on October 21, 1926. Supposedly, Alekhine joked afterward that it was strange to play against an opponent who started with nine pawns.
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  tamar: Nine pawns and three knights, and the year 1926, enough to give Alekhine the heebie jeebies.
Sep-28-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous clock exhibition in La Plata, Argentina at the Club La Plata on October 21, 1926.

It is not known how many opponents Alekhine faced nor the results.

See <Alekhine en La Argentina y El Uruguay>, pg. 6.

Aug-26-19  GraberChess: Can somebody display the winning line after 31. g3. Clearly 31. Qh3 32. Kf2 Qg2+ 33. Ke1 Nxf3 34. Bxf3 Bxf3 35. Qxe5 does not work. It may be 33. Bxf3 with the continuations of 34. Bxf3 Nxf3+ 35. Kd1 Qxf1+ 36. Kc2 Qe2 37. Kb3 (37. Kc1 Qd2#) Nd2+ and 38. Nxd1 or 34. Rb2 Bxe2 35. Rxe2 Nf3+ 36. Kd1 Qxf1+ 37. Kc2 Qxe2+, but is there any improvements for white in these lines.

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