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Alexander Alekhine vs Willis E Lamb
"Sacrificial Lamb" (game of the day Dec-22-2017)
Simul, 50b (1929) (exhibition), LA Athletic Club, Los Angeles, CA USA, May-07
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  0-1



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  FSR: Sacrificial Lamb.
Dec-22-17  RookFile: Alekhine could have forced a draw with 23. fxg4 but rightfully plays for the win. The only thing wrong with his position is the queen is misplaced on b3. With 23. Qc3 and 24. Qd2, there's not much for black to do and white would have surely won.
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  Phony Benoni: A Lamb in wolf's clothing.

The final touch 30...b5 is directed against the possibility 30...Rh1+ 31.Rg1 Qc1+ 32.Ke2, and the rook cannot be taken immediately because of 32.Qe8#. If White plays 31.Qxb5, then the line goes 31...Rh1+ 32.Rg1 Qd1+, and Black will take the rook with check.

In reality it's probably unnecessary since Black mates by force after 30...Rh1+ Rg1 Qc1+ 32.Ke2 Rh2+. But Black wasn't satisfied to defeat Alekhine -- he had to do it elegantly rather than by sheer brute force.

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  Dionysius1: Hi. Can anyone tell me what May-07 means in the title? Obviously not when the game was played - that's 1929, right?
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  MissScarlett: Think, man, think.
Dec-22-17  cunctatorg: I guess that this is about the seventh day of the month of May of the year 1929, when AAA was the reigning WCC; by the way Alekhine's error was 21. 0-0?!? Hard to analyze this...
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  Breunor: According to Stockfish, white is winning after 22 ...Ng4. 23 Qc3 is 2.39, Q x b7 is 2.29, Qa3 is 2.09.

23 e4 throws away the win; I think because after 23... Nxh2 24 Rf2 Qh6 black now attacks the undefeated white took on c1; it the pawn is on e3 that doesn't happen.

After 23 ... Nxh2 the best white can do is accept the perpetual check with 24 Kxh2; Rf2 is evaluated at -7.00.

It looks like 23 Qb7 works because after 23 ...Nxh2 white can play 24 Rg1 with the threat on g7.

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  AylerKupp: Ha! I thought that the game's title referred to the way that Black had lost against Alekhine. You can imagine my surprise when I realized that the result was 0-1.
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  Dionysius1: <MissScarlett> Thanks - got it.
Dec-22-17  jimx: I never expected to see a "castling into it" game by Alekhine.
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  perfidious: One might say that Alekhine went out like a Lamb in this affair.
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  ChessHigherCat: Poor lil' ol' Alekhine was lambusted
Dec-22-17  WhiteRook48: That's a pretty dominating win against Alekhine, even if by simul.
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  FSR: Just noticed that this was another of my puns! Number 122!
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