A novel tandem [2 + 2] cycloaddition-Dieckmann condensation via ynolate anions is described. Ynolate anions are useful for the formation of reactive β-lactone enolates via a pathway not involving the enolization of the corresponding β-lactones. The [2 + 2] cycloaddition of ynolate anions with δ- or σ-keto esters, followed by Dieckmann condensation, gives bicyclic β-lactones, which are easily decarboxylated to produce synthetically useful 2,3-disubstituted cyclopentenones and cyclohexenones in one pot. This tandem reaction was applied to a novel, one-pot synthesis of highly substituted naphthalenes.
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- Organic Chemistry