CHESS

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - GAMES - By Leonard Barden

Alexan­der Alekhine v Juan La­casa, si­mul­ta­ne­ous ex­hi­bi­tion, Saragossa 1944. It was less than two years be­fore Alekhine’s death, but the age­ing al­co­holic world cham­pion still knew how to bam­boo­zle his op­po­nent in to­day's po­si­tion even though he was play­ing around 20 other games at the same time. There is a well-known chess maxim that bish­ops of op­po­site colours — here White’s B op­er­ates on light squares, its coun­ter­part on dark — in­crease the draw­ing chances in an endgame. So Senor La­casa felt hope­ful, since White (to play) has no en­try routes for his rooks into the black po­si­tion. Black’s plan is to do noth­ing for as along as it takes, for ex­am­ple by shuf­fling his rook be­tween e7 and e6. What hap­pened came as a shock. Alekhine whipped out his next turn, whizzed round the room to fin­ish the re­main­ing games, then col­lected his fee from the im­pressed or­gan­is­ers. What was White’s win­ning move?

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