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Alekhine-Euwe 1937 Euwe vs Alekhine 1937
The Netherlands

Alexander Alekhine challenged Max Euwe to a rematch, and Euwe agreed to the challenge and the conditions. From October to December in 1937 the match was conducted, again in the Netherlands. If Alekhine had made the mistake of underestimating Euwe in 1935, he certainly did not underestimate him this time. Euwe won the first game with the white pieces, but in the end Alekhine's resolve (perhaps fueled by the 1935 defeat) proved to be too much for the Dutch Champion. After 25 games, with a score of +10 -4 =11, Alekhine gained the title for the second time.

After the match, Euwe wrote of his opponent with great admiration:

Alekhine's perfect technique and combinative talent are so well known that it is unnecessary to talk about them. His conduct of the endgame was shining. Even so, I admire most how he finished the adjourned games. I had to analyze them, too, so I know them well. When I think of how my opponent created ingenious ideas and how he finished them in unexpected ways, I have only the greatest admiration for Alekhine's playing style.[1]
This was Alekhine's final title match. He held the title of World Chess Champion until his death in 1946.

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Alekhine01½½0111½1½½01½½0½½½
Euwe10½½1000½0½½10½½1½½½

click on a game number to replay game 2122232425
Alekhine11½11
Euwe00½00

FINAL SCORE:  Alekhine 15½;  Euwe 9½
Reference: game collection WCC Index [Euwe-Alekhine 1937]

NOTABLE GAMES   [what is this?]
    · Game #6     Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937     1-0
    · Game #22     Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937     1-0
    · Game #2     Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937     1-0

FOOTNOTES

  1. World Chess Championship Index by Mark Weeks

 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Euwe vs Alekhine 1-050 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-041 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½60 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Alekhine vs Euwe ½-½27 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Euwe vs Alekhine 1-041 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
6. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-023 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Euwe vs Alekhine 0-134 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-026 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
9. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½41 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-040 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
11. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½30 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Alekhine vs Euwe ½-½26 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. Euwe vs Alekhine 1-068 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
14. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-052 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½62 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. Alekhine vs Euwe ½-½65 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
17. Euwe vs Alekhine 1-041 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
18. Alekhine vs Euwe ½-½51 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½49 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
20. Alekhine vs Euwe ½-½41 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
21. Euwe vs Alekhine 0-132 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE16 Queen's Indian
22. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-062 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchA09 Reti Opening
23. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½50 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE17 Queen's Indian
24. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-041 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. Euwe vs Alekhine 0-143 1937 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship RematchE46 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-29-14
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  perfidious: <tga: I think poor (Euwe) must have come down with a cold or some food poisoning or something. I mean, he just collapsed in the last 5 games, after holding it close in the first 20 games.>

Life against a strong, determined opponent is not always easy, and even the sternest of characters can come unstuck in the face of such opposition.

Grandmasters are not machines, but living, breathing human beings with all the traits embodied as such, something only too often forgotten in these pages, it seems, by players far below that august standard.

Nov-30-14  aliejin: "I think poor (Euwe) must have come down with a cold or some food poisoning or something"

In his conclusions Dr euwe not talk about cold or poison ....

"Alekhine's perfect technique and combinative talent are so well known that it is unnecessary to talk about them. His conduct of the endgame was shining. Even so, I admire most how he finished the adjourned games. I had to analyze them, too, so I know them well. When I think of how my opponent created ingenious ideas and how he finished them in unexpected ways, I have only the greatest admiration for Alekhine's playing style"

Nov-30-14
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  perfidious: <aliejin> Dr Euwe was a sportsman of the first water, as well as a great player and analyst. Credit to the game all round.
Nov-30-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <aliejin: ..

In his conclusions Dr euwe not talk about cold or poison ....>

Of course not. It doesn't mean it didn't happen. The point is, nothing in the results of the first 20 games would lead a person to expect such an epic collapse. The fact that it happened anyway prompts me to look for an explanation.

Nov-30-14
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  perfidious: Pure conjecture from <tga>; he should, at least, try sticking to the known facts.
Nov-30-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi thegoodanarchist,

"The fact that it happened anyway prompts me to look for an explanation."

There is no grassy knoll here.

If Euwe was ill he could have taken a time out.

I've been through Alekhine's notes on the games, not seen the part where he poisoned Euwe (my fault, the thought never even occurred to me.)

But I'll look at the games again and see if I can find the exact moment Alekhine slipped curare into Euwe's water.

The explanation is Alekhine wanted the title back more than Euwe wanted to keep it.

Add that to the simple fact, as Euwe fairly acknowledges, Alekhine played the better chess.

Nov-30-14
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  perfidious: <Geoff: There is no grassy knoll here.>

That's what <you> say! I was canoodling with the Babushka Lady that day, so I know better!

Nov-30-14
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  Sally Simpson: Everyone of a certain age can remember where there were on that day.

Me?

I was leaning out of book depository window with a smoking rifle in my hands.

Nov-30-14
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  perfidious: Did y'all run into that copper in the movie house, or was that some other guy?
Nov-30-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <Sally Simpson: Hi thegoodanarchist,

"The fact that it happened anyway prompts me to look for an explanation."

There is no grassy knoll here.

If Euwe was ill he could have taken a time out.

I've been through Alekhine's notes on the games, not seen the part where he poisoned Euwe>

Well, unless Alekhine was also acting as Euwe's chef, no of course Alekhine didn't give Euwe food poisoning.

If you read my post you will see that food poisoning or a cold were the afflictions I was considering.

Grassy knolls? An actual poisonous substance administered by the World Champion? Skip the conspiracy theories or take them to the Rogoff page at the link below, instead of misrepresenting what other people are writing.

Kenneth Rogoff

Nov-30-14
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  Sally Simpson: HI thegoodanarchist,

Sorry I thought you were starting a new theory mentioning Euwe was ill or had had food poisoning.

The sudden collapse at the end is not out of place. In Games 6,7,8, and 10 Euwe only scored point, the same as games 21-25.

The constant pressure of playing a very different Alkhine from the 1935 version wore Euwe down.

If he was ill, or suffered from food poisoning it would have come to light a long time ago.

No such excuses/reasons came from the Euwe camp other than Alekhine played the better chess and deserved to win.

Nov-30-14
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  perfidious: On the topic of conspiracy theories, now <Geoff> stands accused of misrepresentation by a poster renowned for such abilities.

Whom do I believe? Not much doubt here.

Nov-30-14  CopyBlanca: I believe there was a rumor that Alekhine had a drinking problem in 1935. Might explain his poor results. Certainly AA ducked Capablanca after 1927. Capablanca kept playing for more than 10 years after the 1927 match so he he was likely keen to regain his title. Capa had a lot of wealthy backers and AA liked money so easy to see AA wanted no part of a rematch with Capablanca.
Nov-30-14
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  Absentee: I thought all chessplayers were sick when they lost a game.
Dec-01-14  aliejin: "wanted no part of a rematch with Capablanca."

Alekhine wanted to make big money
( I think )
with rematch against Capablanca

At that time it was normal to wait years to agree a world title match Also it was customary for the champions do that they pleased, always prioritizing the money (Lasker played Janovsky and Marshall for reasons of money before strictly sport) Capablanca himself put money
in first place

If Argentina (my country)
not wanted to honor Capablanca .... NOT have been Capablanca - Alekhine (especially since the economic depression that was coming) and Alekhine took five years trying to raise the money (1922-1927)

The match Lasker Tarrasch came many years later
it was logical. The same lasker - capablanca
(Although there was the war) took much longer of logic.

FROM 1948 FIDE took the control..
umtil kasparov .. a real disgrace

Dec-01-14  Petrosianic: <(Lasker played Janovsky and Marshall for reasons of money before strictly sport)>

Janowsky, yes. With Marshall, he never did manage to come up with Lasker's price, and Lasker eventually had to cut his rate, just to get a title match in after 10 years.

Dec-02-14  aliejin: What I mean is that
Lasker did not care about the quality of the adversary (Eg Rubinstein, Maroczi solid masters) but the possibility of getting money. Besides, Lasker knew that Marshall and Janovsky not represent danger... Just pitted strong chess player in his prime (Shelechter) had a hard work
Dec-03-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <Sally Simpson: HI thegoodanarchist,

Sorry I thought you were starting a new theory mentioning Euwe was ill or had had food poisoning.

The sudden collapse at the end is not out of place. In Games 6,7,8, and 10 Euwe only scored point, the same as games 21-25. >

I think you meant in games 6 through 10 Euwe only scored 1/2 point, but in any event I see what you mean. It happened twice in the same match to the same player, so the data suggests that my illness theory is not so strong.

Dec-04-14  aliejin: " illness theory ... "

Instead of saying nonsense I invite you all to enjoy games of this match One of the most beautiful in the history of the world titles ... .. a true collection of games

Dec-04-14
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  tamar: Euwe lost the match because of (choose one)

1. A cold
2. Underestimated Alekhine
3. Allergy to Alekhine's cats
4. Low blood sugar
5. High blood sugar
6. Weltschmerz
7. Pressure from Dutch supporters
8 Enter your reason here_____________

Dec-04-14
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  chancho: <8 Enter your reason here>

Too much hashish:

http://www.kindgreenbuds.com/mariju...

;-)

Dec-04-14  rozzatu: Weltschmerz (from the German, meaning world-pain or world-weariness, pronounced [ˈvɛltʃmɛɐ̯ts]) is a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind.
Dec-07-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <aliejin: " illness theory ... "

Instead of saying nonsense...>

You are right, no one ever gets ill. <Disease is a myth <<<<invented by the pharmaceutical industry to make money>>>>>

Dec-08-14  aliejin: "You are right, no one ever gets ill."

The nonsense continue .....
If each segment of games of chess, a chess player is exceeded let's say he was sick ......

Why not say that Euwe was healthy and Alekhine, however, was, in those 4 games, extraordinarily healthy, super healthy, and then euwe seemed only seemed that he was sick?

We could also say that Alekhine was sick but
Euwe was much, much sicker than Alekhine
and then Alekhine gets difference in his favor ...

The combination of ralaciones health / illness is endless ....

Dec-08-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <aliejin: "You are right, no one ever gets ill."

The nonsense continue ..... >

No, not nonsense. you are just not getting my point, that is all.

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