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Alexander Alekhine vs Erin Serracino Inglott
"Maltese Double-Cross" (game of the day Sep-22-2022)
Blindfold simul, 10b (1935) (blindfold), Gozo MLT, Jan-09
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense Carlsbad Line (B13)  ·  0-1



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  Korora: Two crows > one Queen.
Sep-22-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice submission by the dearly departed.
Sep-22-22  AdolfoAugusto: Dearly departed?
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  al wazir: Serracino-Inglott <was Maltese champion in 1927, 1928 and 1930>: Erin Serracino-Inglott.

He was probably too strong an opponent for a blind simul, even one of Alekhine's.

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  Korora: <AdolfoAugusto> Phony Benoni passed away a few months ago.
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  FSR: Good to see that our friend is still cranking out the GOTDs. We miss you, David.
Sep-22-22  Brenin: <Erin Serracino Inglott was a playwright, a poet and a novelist. He was Maltese champion in 1927, 1928 and 1930.> From his bio here. His Wikipedia entry (translated from Maltese) starts: Erin Serracino Inglott (born in Isla on 16 October 1904 - died on 22 August 1983) was a Maltese playwright, poet, novelist, short story writer, lexicographer, philologist and translator.
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  Teyss: RIP Phony Benoni, thanks for everything you have done for this site. Nice to see some of your puns popping up occasionally.

What a lively game. Had to rely on SF to understand where Alekhine went wrong. After 39...Ka5? (better Kc5 and apparently White has nothing better than perpetual), White is winning and two moves afterwards should have played the incredible 41.Ra3!!

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Dear Alexander, you should have pushed your R just one square further. Very difficult to see OTB let alone in a blindfold simul. The point is to pin the R on the 4th rank.

If 41...Rxa3, 42.Qf4 threatens mate: 43.Qd2+ Ka4 44.Qd4+ Ka5 45.Qc5+ Ka4 46.Bd1+ Rb3 47.Bxb3#. If 42...Rb8, 43.Qd2+ Ka4 44.Qd4+Ka5 45.Qa7#
If Black doesn't take the R, 42.Qf4 will also follow so Black has to give the Q to avoid mate.

Up to move 43 White could still have won with 43.Qg5 renewing the threats although the BR is now mobile on the 4th rank as opposed to above. Afterwards the game is even.

The fatal mistake came with 47.Bxb5?: the WK is exposed. If instead 47.Qxb5 Ra1+ 48.Kg2 Rg8+ 49.Kh3 (49.Kf3?? Nd4+) Ra3+ 50.Bd3 and the WK is surprisingly protected. White can then go for perpetual if Black keeps his pieces on the Kside.

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Alekhine must have been double crossed after the game when he realised he could have won.

Sep-22-22  offramp: At move 46 the pieces make a cross, of some kind.

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Sep-22-22  goodevans: <Teyss: [...] Up to move 43 White could still have won with 43.Qg5 renewing the threats although the BR is now mobile on the 4th rank as opposed to above...>

I'm sure Alekhine would have found that in anything other than a blindfold simul.

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The 'mobility of his R on the 4th rank' is the only thing that staves off the immediate mating threat from 44.Qd2+, but after <43...Rd4 44.Qc1> only spite checks can delay 45.Ra3+ Ra4 46.Qe1+, mating.

An entertaining game and nice pun to go with it.

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  sorso: Alekhine missed 43.Qg5
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  Teyss: There's an echo phenomenon on this site.
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  keypusher: What a wonderful, wild game! And it's nice to be reminded of <Phony Benoni>.
Sep-22-22  AlicesKnight: <Teyss: RIP Phony Benoni, thanks for everything...> Indeed - always liked the perceptive comments.
Sep-22-22  offramp: <AlicesKnight: <Teyss: RIP Phony Benoni, thanks for everything...> Indeed - always liked the perceptive comments.>

Luckily his comments live on. And there is always that photo on his page. Beaming out at us. What a cracker that geezer was.

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  MissScarlett: <There's an echo phenomenon on this site.> +1
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  Oginschile: Phony Benoni has reached the final rank and been promoted.

best wishes to survivors and a heartfelt thank you for your very helpful contributions!

Sep-25-22  TheBish: Also, Alekhine missed that 42. Qh7! is even better than 42. Qg7 (although to be fair, there are several winning moves, and Qh7 is +13.2 compared to +7.6 for Qg7), and also the fact that he could leave his queen hanging with 42. Rc3! (or 42. Rc1!)

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Now if 42...Qxf7 (other moves lose faster) 43. Rc5+ Bb5 44. Rcxb5+ Ka6 45. Rb7+ Rc4 (or 45...Ka5 46. R1b5+ Ka6 47. Rb4+ Ka5 48. R7b5+ Ka6 49. Rxa4#) 46. Rxf7 and when the dust settles, White will be up an exchange and a pawn.

Sep-25-22  Chessius the Messius: Yeah, because he was playing blind and... drunk, he missed cool stuff like 42. Qh7 Qg8 43. Rb5+ Bxb5 44. Rxb5+ Ka6 45. Qb7#

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