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Alexander Alekhine vs M Casielles
Clock simul, 10b (1943) (exhibition), Oviedo ESP, Nov-11
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: After 7. Re1 Be7 I'm surprised Alekhine didn't try the Duras line with 8. c4, instead choosing 8. b3 which led to a Pawn sacrifice over the long diagonal (10 ... Bf6 11. e5 de 12. Qb4). But he regained the Pawn nicely due to the threat of Ne7+, then jumped for joy at the K&P endgame.

tpstar-XQPD (FICS 9/9/05): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 ed 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd7 6. c4 Nxd4 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 8. Qxd4 Nf6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. 0-0 0-0 11. b3 c5!? 12. Qd2 a6 13. a4 b5!? 14. ab ab 15. Rxa8 Rxa8 16. Nxb5 Nxe4?? 17. Qd5 and White won (1-0).

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  Calli: Black should have chosen the R+P ending instead [29...Qxf3+ 30.Kxf3 gxf6]
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  beatgiant: <Calli>
Interesting point. I tried to find some winning chances for White with 29...Qxf3+ <30. Rxf3> gxf6 31. Rd3, for example 31...Ke7 32. a5 bxa5 33. Rd5 Re5?! 34. Rxe5 fxe5 35. g4 f5 36. f3 Kf6 37. h4, etc. looks winning with the potential outside passed pawn.

But instead, Black varies in the above line with 33...Rb6 34. Rxc5 Rxb3 35. Rxa5 Rb4 36. Rh5 Rxc4 37. Rxh6, and I suspect Black can draw that (I don't have much time to analyze it further now).

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  beatgiant: Another try for White against <Calli>'s suggestion is 29...Qxf3+ 30. Rxf3 gxf6 31. Rd3 Ke7 <32. Rd5>, now threatening both a5 and Rh5. For example, 32...a5 33. Kf3 Kf8 (otherwise 34. Rh5 wins the h-pawn) 34. Rd7, etc. but it also doesn't look like quite enough for a win.

Good call, <Calli>.

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  Calli: Oh, Alekhine would have found a way to win that one too. Just grind the unknown opposition down until he makes an error. :-> I am just saying that one should choose the R + P if possible over most other endings. More draw possibilities when a pawn down.
Oct-12-05  Averageguy: Good play by alekhine, to sac a pawn early on to damage black's structure. I recently played a game where I was down a pawn in a pawn endgame but my opponent had a completely horrible structure, and I won.
Oct-12-05  meloncio: According to Pablo Morán, this game was part of a simul exhibition: 10 games with time control. Final score +8, -1, =1. Played november 11th, 1943.
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  Calli: <Meloncio> Thanks! AA played him twice in exhibitions apparently. Does Morán give a first name for Casielles?
Oct-14-05  meloncio: <Calli> You're right, and the other game is also here in Alekhine vs M Casielles, 1943 It's also a game from a simul played two days before, november 9th, scoring +24, -3, =3.

<a first name for Casielles?> No, sorry. Morán only writes "M. Casielles". I couldn't find nothing in Google about him. "M" maybe Manuel or Miguel, being both very common first names in Spain, you know, but just speculation.

Did you know Morán got a draw to Alekhine? Take a look here: Alekhine vs P Moran, 1943 And yes, he's "our" Morán because this game appears in his book.

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  Calli: <Meloncio> Thanks for looking. I have a fairly complete Alekhine computer Database and like to fill in the complete names when I find them. For instance Alekhine vs de las Clotas M, 1945 is Manuel de las Clotas

Not a good historian, though, because I never note the source when finding a name.

Nov-09-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous clock exhibition in Oviedo, Spain on November 11, 1943.

Alekhine scored +8=1-1.

See <A. Alekhine>, pg. 260-261.

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