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Alexander Alekhine vs Arturo Bonet
Gijon (1945), Gijon ESP, rd 2, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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  meloncio: In his splendid book 'La Agonía de un Genio' (The Agony of a Genius), Pablo Morán tells the stoy of this game, (let me try the translation): "After 40th white's move, the game was postponed for dinner time, but Dr. Alekhine didn't. He stayed in the bar analyzing deeply the position (drinking just coffee and smoking a lot of cigarettes, I guess).

The game started again at 11 pm. Everybody knew that Alekhine was lost, but ... could Bonet control his nerves? When the game finished, Alekhine even congratulated his opponent sincerely, but after this defeat his life changed very much."

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  meloncio: Alekhine was waiting 37. ... Rxf8, so 37. ... Bh3! and 38. ... Rf3! must be a painful surprise.

A great win for Bonet.

Apr-20-04  chessfected: It seems like White has to give up his queen because 39. Qg5 (the only move to guard g2 against 39...Rf1+ and 40...Qg2 mate) loses to 39...Qf7! and there seems to be no defence to 40...Rf1+. Picturesque would be 40. Kh1 Rf1+ 41. Rxf1 Qxf1+ 42. Qg1 Bg2 mate with the Queens, King and Bishop all locked in a loving embrace:)
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  al wazir: If 38. Qd2, then 38...Qf3, with 39...Qf1 or Qg2 to follow. If 38. Qxf7+ then 38...Qxf7 39. Bc5 Qf3, again with 40...Qg2 or Qf1 to follow.
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  meloncio: <chessfected> One and half year later but anyway ... In your line the threat 40.... Rf1+ could be still avoided by 40.Qc1, but then 40.... Qf5.

<al wazir> I agree to your analysis lines.

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