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Alexander Alekhine vs Pita / 3 Allies
Blind simul, 8b (1944), Caceres ESP, Dec-17
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1-0

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Oct-29-04  Shams: OUCH! man, how many people can spot Bf6-e7-b4! in the diagram after black`s 13th? not me.
Oct-29-04
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  keypusher: Wow, a really amazing manuever. Thanks for pointing it out <Shams>.
Oct-29-04  Calli: <Shams> Its better than you think. This was one of eight simultaneous blindfold games!
Oct-29-04  Shams: thanks for ruining my year, Calli. ;)
Apr-02-05  fgh: Great crush :)
Apr-02-05  maoam: Pita's play was quite flat in this game, he really got stuffed by Alekhine ;)
Apr-02-05  Zaius: I stared at the board for 2 minutes after 14...Re8 and for the life of me couldn't find the next move for white. Amazingly simple. I kept concentrating on that darn king and forgot to take into account the breadth of the board.
Apr-02-05  DP12: Actually after 14...Re8 15.Bf6 Re1 16.Re1 Qe1 17.Bf1 should work fine if I am calculating straight. In such a position there are often a couple of good solutions.
Apr-05-05  meloncio: Played on december 17th, 1944. As <Calli> wrote, one of eight blindfold games, scoring +5 -0 =3. Source: Pablo MORÁN, "La Agonía de un Genio (The Agony of a Genius)".
Apr-16-05  Karpova: i'm pretty sure Pita's son, Pita+4, would have scored much better against alekhine.
Jan-26-06  MorphyMatt: Well, no wonder! anyone can beat pita bread!
Jan-26-06  mr. nice guy: Pita panned out.
May-25-06  DeepBlade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pita
Aug-30-08  ravel5184: It's Pita+3 players, implying that Pita isn't a player!
Aug-30-08  TheaN: <OUCH! man, how many people can spot Bf6-e7-b4! in the diagram after black`s 13th? not me.>

I think that Alekhine probably saw the entire circle in advance: Bg5-e7-b4-c3-f6! which makes it even more astonishing... the position differences? The bishop helping the Queen with the mate, which was not the case on g5.

Thus, it takes note to see that the entire Bishop circle is based on the fact that the Qc3 prevent an immediate 14.Bf6. Incredible.

Mar-28-09  WhiteRook48: 13...Qxc3??
Mar-28-09  Anatoly21: Actually the immediate 15. Bf6 is winning. The whole Bishop circle was actually a mistake.
Nov-09-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous blindfold exhibition in Caceres, Spain on December 17, 1944.

Alekhine scored +5=3-0.

See <A. Alekhine>, pg. 262-263.

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