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Francisco Lupi vs Alexander Alekhine
"Fruit Lupi" (game of the day Mar-12-2009)
Estoril (1946), Estoril POR, rd 4, Jan-09
Petrov Defense (C42)  ·  0-1



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  tamar: Alekhine was drunk.
May-14-08  RookFile: For some reason, Lupi thought it was a good idea to make 7 pawn moves out of the first 10 against Alekhine.
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  al wazir: Lupi beat Alekhine once:

F Lupi vs Alekhine, 1946

Alekhine chose to resign the game, although he was only a ♖ and two ♙s down.

Mar-12-09  kellmano: Man of the match: The black Queen. No doubt.
Mar-12-09  whiteshark: 10.Bc4 might have been a good alternative.
Mar-12-09  kevin86: Alekhine's last game (at least in the base)-and a beauty.
Mar-12-09  njchess: White goes horribly wrong with 5. d3 falling headlong into Alekhine's trap. Better would have been to return the material by playing the somewhat awkward looking 5. Nd3 (e.g. 5. Nd3 Bxc3 6. dxc3 Nxe5 7. Be3 =). Great, punishing attack from one of the best attacking players of all time.
Mar-12-09  MrMelad: "Fruit Lupi", as in Fruty loops the software?
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  TheDestruktor: Position just after move 10:

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Kasparov said (I forget the exact words) that Alekhine’s combinations seemly come from nowhere, like a sudden storm in a blue sky. This is the case here. Who could tell that such complications would arise from this position, where the Knight in e7 is the only Black piece out of the first rank?

Many beginners would look only at the pawns in the center, and say that white is better here. Actually, Black has what could be called a latent piece activity – Rook, Knight, Queen and Bishop are not in activity right now, but ready to enter in activity immediately. Besides, Black has castled.

The move that put white in trouble was 10.c4. White wanted to make the Knight run away from the center, but it ran towards f5, to join the attack. Besides, after 11...Nf5, instead of castling,white had to waste a decisive tempo with 12.c3, to protect the pawn in d4 (left unprotected by the move c4 and attacked by ...Nf5). This allowed 12...Qh4+ (which would not be so strong if the Knight were not in f5) and white was under a powerful storm.

10.Bc4 followed by 11.0-0 would give a playable position for white (well, until the next storm).

Mar-12-09  malaka: Lupi lost because he took great risks.
One has to do this to beat one of the greatest chess players ever!
Mar-12-09  solskytz: There are two moves which I really don't understand. One is 15. Kg1 (why not Nf3?) The other is 16. cd (why not Nd3?)
Mar-12-09  WhiteRook48: total domination!
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  TheDestruktor: <solskytz: There are two moves which I really don't understand. One is 15. Kg1 (why not Nf3?) The other is 16. cd (why not Nd3?)>

Indeed, there is no forced tactics against 15.Nf3. But black is still winning easily after 15...Nc6 (better development and coordination, material advantage, the pawn in e3, white rook out of play).

Now 16.Nd3 is a little worse. 16...Nxe2+ 17.Qxe2 Qxc4, winning a second pawn. And if 18.Bxe3 then 18...Bf5 and try to find a way out.

Nov-10-12  screwdriver: I might be wrong, but after playing through the moves at the end 22.Bd1 Qd1 23.Bc3 e2 24. Ba4 Qb6+ 25.Qf2 e1=Q+ 26.Bxe1 Rxe1#

So, it's understandable why Lupi resigned to Alehine since this looks relatively forced. Maybe someone can verify it with a chess engine. Thanks. Great win by Alekhine!

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  kingscrusher: Is this really alekhines last game ?!
Jun-05-14  aliejin: "Is this really alekhines last game ?!"
Yes, it was.

"This was the last game played
by Alekhine
and he did so with the same energy as in their heyday" Agony of Genius - Pablo Moran

Feb-17-19  Margetic D: Alekhine was one of the KINGS of chess
This was his last recorded game, but not the last touch to chess.

To my knowledge , he analyzed some opening ideas and middle games until he died.

I always adored his way and passion for chess and one could say he made from a game a kind of arts.

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  offramp: <Margetic D>, that is a nice comment. Welcome to the site. I am sure you will enjoy yourself here.
Feb-18-19  Margetic D: Thanks a lot.
Nice site, many interesting games and informations and friendly people.
Sep-23-19  Chesgambit: Bc3 e2-+ ( pin )
Sep-23-19  Chesgambit: after Ba4 Qe4 Bb3?? Qe3+ blak mates ( passed pawn )
Mar-06-21  Margetic D: I would like to use this opportunity to ad two highly valuated testimonials, from Robert J Fischer and Garry Kasparov. “He played gigantic conceptions, full of outrageous and unprecedented ideas. ... he had great imagination; he could see more deeply into a situation than any other player in chess history. ... It was in the most complicated positions that Alekhine found his grandest concepts.” - <Bobby Fischer> “Alexander Alekhine is the first luminary among the others who are still having the greatest influence on me. I like his universality, his approach to the game, his chess ideas. I am sure that the future belongs to Alekhine chess.” - <Garry Kasparov>

I also found some rare movies about Alekhine (Aljechin) :

Really nice and notable memories

Jun-08-21  Knightmare07: Besides this game, 3...Bb4 looks like a really interesting gambit, if 4.Nxe5 then 4...0-0 with many ideas to strike with 5...d5 and open the center, white could avoid it with 5.Bc4, but at very least we get the pawn back and a very playable position. Judging by this game, this gambit might be deadly if white is not careful and doesn´t castle.
Mar-05-23  fabelhaft: <13...Ng3+ was too mundane for Alekhine?>

According to the Stockfish 11 online version at Lichess the played e3 is the best move (and it has no complaints about any other of Alekhine’s moves either). It sees 10. c4 as the move where white gets into trouble as discussed more in detail in the first post of <TheDestruktor> above.

<There are two moves which I really don't understand. One is 15. Kg1 (why not Nf3?) The other is 16. cd (why not Nd3?)>

Stockfish sees the moves Lupi played here as the best.

Mar-05-23  fabelhaft: The opposition may not have been the strongest, but as last game as World Champion and last game ever it wasn’t a bad way to go.
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