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Alexander Alekhine vs Julio Garcia
Caracas (1939), Caracas VEN, rd 8, Feb-24
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Mannheim Variation (D23)  ·  1-0



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Jul-03-06  sleepkid: Game score must be incorrect here, since 17. Qxc8+ immediately wins, and the move 17. Rac1 is totally unneccesary.

Unless perhaps it was a blindfold exhibition? Or Alekhine was merely toying with his opponent?

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  Calli: Garcia must have played Kd8, then resigned after Rac1 when he realized how lost he was. Can check the score in S/V later.
Jul-03-06  Aspirador: 17... Kd8 18.Dxc8+ as well. There must be a mistake here.
Jul-03-06  sleepkid: Calli: Would appreciate you checking when you have the time. I don't have any of my books here, and would like to know what the actual score was.
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  Calli: <sleepkid> Skinner & Verhoeven give 13...Qb4 and 14...Qe7. No positional difference there. Then, they do give 16...Kd8 17.Rac1 resigns. (Source: Gran Ajedrez, p171-172). I was goofy before in thinking Kd8, forgetting that White can still capture on c8. So the ending still makes no sense. I think that Black did play Kd8 and then either resigned or AA played Qxc8+ and then he resigned. Then later for the book, somebody misread AA's handwriting, mistaking Qxc8 for Rac1.
Jul-04-06  sleepkid: Mistaking Qxc8 for Rac1 is a fairly big misread. I don't think that's the explanation. Though I'm a bit puzzled as to what it could be.

Does it mention if this was a blindfold exhibition or not?

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  Calli: This is a tournament game. Alekhine played in an Olympic training tournament with the Venezuelen team. Very little is known about the event. Venezuela failed to send a team to Buenos Aires anyway.

"Gran Ajedrez", the source of the game, was produced posthumously (1947). I don't know in what language he wrote, what notation was used, or what they actually had as far as an Alekhine manuscript. This is why I suggest a transcription error.

Jul-05-06  KingG: Horrible play by Black.
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  GrahamClayton: Calli,
After the way that Alekhine finished with a perfect +10, -0, =0 result, maybe the Venezuelans thought that they would be outclassed if they sent a team to Buenos Aires?
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  GrahamClayton: Source: Andy Soltis "Chess Lists", McFarland Publishing, 2002
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  Calli: Many years later, we have the answer. At Alekhine's chess notebooks, (see second page of the scan) they have published AA's original score. He wrote 17...K-q1 18.qR-B1 resigns. Black did play 17...K-d8 and AA just missed Qxc8 and played Rac1. Our problem was looking for a logical solution to a baffling score.
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  MissScarlett: <Skinner & Verhoeven give 13...Qb4 and 14...Qe7. No positional difference there. [...] Many years later, we have the answer.>

Confirmation that 13...Qb4 (Q-Kt5), not Qg5, was played:

Correction submitted.

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  GrahamClayton: Black's Queen wastes tempii getting pushed around the board, allowing Alekhine to quickly mount a mating attaxck against the Black King.

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