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Alexander Alekhine vs Octavio Figueira Trompowsky de Almeida
Montevideo (1938), Montevideo URU, rd 13, Mar-23
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E01)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Just because Alekhine sacrifices "only" a few pawns, no one cares? This was quite an interesting Catalan until Black's terrible 37th move; 37...Qa5 would have put up a better defense.
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  keypusher: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Just because Alekhine sacrifices "only" a few pawns, no one cares? This was quite an interesting Catalan until Black's terrible 37th move; 37...Qa5 would have put up a better defense.>

Stronger is 37....Qb2 forcing the queens off and giving Black a winning ending.

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  keypusher: Here's the position at move 37, Black to play:

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Reminds me of an even more startling example of an all-time great swindling a local master. This game was played 21 years later, not too far away:

R A Redolfi vs Fischer, 1959

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Fischer had just played 38....Bc3-b4, allowing 39.Qd4+. Instead the game continued 39.a7? Bc5 40.Qxc5?? (40.Qg2 is still winning) 40....Rh1+ 0-1.

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