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Alexander Alekhine vs Orlando Rocas
"Crony Orlando and Pawn" (game of the day Jun-29-2008)
Clock simul, 12b (1939), Rio de Janeiro BRA, May-26
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B13)  ·  0-1



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Jul-03-06  gmgomes: This game was part of a simul played in Rio de Janeiro. It was a challenge "city of Rio de Janeiro" against Alekhine.

Alekhine probably underestimated local players, as he was +4, -3, =5; this game was the best ehxibition of a local player.

Note that board one had Octavio Trompowsky (the one of Tropowsky Attack), who got a draw.

1 Alexander Alekhine ½ : ½ Octavio Trompowsky
2 Alexander Alekhine 1 : 0 Walter Cruz
3 Alexander Alekhine 1 : 0 Adhemar Silva Rocha
4 Alexander Alekhine 1 : 0 Oswaldo Cruz Filho
5 Alexander Alekhine ½ : ½ Joao Souza Mendes
6 Alexander Alekhine ½ : ½ M. Madeira de Ley
7 Alexander Alekhine 0 : 1 Luiz F. Burlamaqui
8 Alexander Alekhine 0 : 1 Orlando Rocas
9 Alexander Alekhine ½ : ½ J. Almeida Pinto
10 Alexander Alekhine 1 : 0 Barbosa de Oliveira
11 Alexander Alekhine 0 : 1 Miguel Pereira Filho
12 Alexander Alekhine ½ : ½ Jayme Schreibman

Alexander Alekhine 6½ : 5½ Rio de Janeiro

Jul-03-06  Calli: <gmgomes> Excellent info! Board numbers and first names that I did not have. The display took place 26 May 1939. It was a clock simul. The players had a time control of 40 moves in 2 hours. Alekhine had to make 40 moves in 3½ hrs.
Jul-03-06  Calli: <gmgomes> First, are all the games from the exhibition available? I have 10 of the 12 games. Secondly, one of the games in my file gives "J Moses" as Alekhine's opponent. Incorrect according to your table. The game is a 33 move draw and the opening is a Queen's Gambit Declined (D61). It could be board 6, 9 or 12 from the games that I have. Can you identify the opponnent?
Jul-04-06  gmgomes: It seems that 2 games were lost. The site down has 10 games with comments based on GM Erich Eliskases analisys; I tried this site today, but it seems to be down.

Jul-04-06  gmgomes: By the way, Mr. Roças was 3 times brazilian champion: 1933, 1934 and 1945.
Jul-04-06  Calli: Thank you. The site is up now. The famous book on Alekhine's games by Skinner and Verhoeven gives the Schreibman game as being played by "J. Moses" (game 2221). They cite "Xadrez Braziliero 1945", p31-32 and "Caissa-Brazil 1978", p32 as sources. However, I believe the website because it is a local account of the event probably from newspapers and the books they cite are much later.
Jun-19-07  Raginmund: great play... nice to see Alekhine playing and nicest to see a Brazilian defeating such great player. I think Alekhine was gentle and kind letting someone defeating him...

Rocas played agressive and with iniciative... brillant

Jun-29-08  Bobsterman3000: Strong and elegant piece coordination by Rocas....

Jun-29-08  JonathanJ: alekhine's lost after

25. Qxe4 Rc8
26. Kb1 Bf5

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  maxi: Ouch!
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  Once: A fascinating game, made even better by <gmgomes> excellent history. Many thanks!

Alekhine seemed to be too aggressive here and was caught by a strong counterpunch. I can't really believe that white has enough of an advantage to launch a kingside attack, leaving his own king terribly weak.

Can anyone explain the pun?

Jun-29-08  HannibalSchlecter: Yes, the pun is a play on the 1970's singing sensation Tony Orlando and Dawn. "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" "Knock Three Times." and many many more!
Jun-29-08  Marmot PFL: <Alekhine probably underestimated local players,> Or had a few too many caipirinhas.
Jun-29-08  PinnedPiece: A "croney" is a partner in a possibly illegal deal. At any rate, highly suspicious. Who was Rocas the croney of here, I wonder?

(I may be overanalyzing game titles here)

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  patzer2: Here's a look with my computer and the Opening Explorer:

<1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5>

Masters prefer 3. Nc3
as in Carlsen vs Kamsky, 2008.

<3... cxd5 4. c4 Nc6!?>

Usually played is 5...Nf6 as in Korchnoi vs D Fridman, 2008

<5. Nc3>

More often played is 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nf3 = as in Kaidanov vs Anand, 1987.

<5... dxc4 6. d5>

A solid alternative is 6. Nf3 as in
N Zhukova vs Yang Shen, 2006. One interesting possibility after 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Nc3 = can be found in the game V Vigfusson vs O Bjarnason, 2008.

<6...Ne5 7. Bf4 Ng6 8. Bg3>

Perhaps worth trying here is 8. Bg5 h6 9. Be3 =.

<8... e5 9. Bxc4 Bd6 10. Nf3 N8e7 11. h4?>

This maneuver goes nowhere
and only serves to enhance Black's development. Instead, 11. Qa4+ Bd7 12. Qb3 Nf5 13. O-O = leaves the position solid and fully level.

<11... Nf5 12. h5 Nxg3 13. fxg3 Ne7 14. h6 g6 15. Ng5 O-O 16. g4 (16. Nge4 f5 17. Nxd6 Qxd6 18. Qb3) 16... Qb6 17. Nge4 f5 18. gxf5?>

This facilitates Black's attacking development. Instead, 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. Qb3 a6 20. a4 Bd7 21. a5 gives White some counter chances.

<18... Nxf5 19. Nxd6??>

This blunder loses immediately. Putting up more resistance is 19. Qd2 Bd7 20. Bd3 Bb4 21. O-O-O Rac8 22. Rdf1 Kh8 23. Rf3 Nd4 24. Rxf8+ Rxf8 25. Re1 Bf5 26. Qe3 Bxe4 27. Qxe4 =.

<19... Nxd6 20. Qe2>

Also losing is 20. Be2 Qf2+ 21. Kd2 Nc4+ 22. Kc1 Qe3+ 23. Kc2 Bf5+ 24. Bd3 Bxd3+ 25. Qxd3 Rf2+ 26. Ne2 Rxe2+ 27. Kc3 Rc2+! 28. Kxc2 Qf2+ 29. Kb3 (29. Kc1 Qxb2+ 30. Kd1 Qxa1+ ) 29... Qxb2+ 30. Ka4 b5#.

<20... Nxc4 21. Qxc4 Qf2+ 22. Kd1 Rf4 23. Ne4 Bg4+ 24. Kc1 Rxe4> 0-1

White resigns in lieu of 25. Qxe4 Rc8+ 26. Kb1 Bf5 .

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  patzer2: Since this was a simul, I suppose Alekhine's less than stellar opening maneuvers can be over looked as atypical of his normal play.

Still, his self-inflicted loss with 19. Nxd6?? is amusing. After the obvious recapture 19....Nxd6 and 20. Qe2 to try and hold the position, White's Queen is just too overworked and must give it up after 20...Nxc4! when black's attack comes pouring in through the leaky roof of Alekhine's weak position like a hurricane.

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  kevin86: A major upset!! I guess A.A. (how ironic initials) was probably in a bag.

The BEST defender of the black king turned out to be a white pawn!

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