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1937 World Chess Championship
Compiled by Penguincw
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★★★ INTRO ★★★

The 1937 World Chess Championship was between 45 year old challenger Alexander Alekhine of France and 36 year old defending champion Max Euwe of the Netherlands.

This was the last world championship match that the champion could set the match condition, choose his opponent, etc. In 1939, World War II broke in and delayed any world championship matches. After the war, sadly, on March 24th, 1946, Alexander Alekhine passed away at the age of 53 while he was still champion. This allowed FIDE to control the world championship matches.

★★★ BACKGROUND ★★★

The match was a re-match (see Game Collection: 1935 World Chess Championship), as Euwe, the defending champion, had agreed to certain conditions.

★★★ CONDITIONS ★★★

Like the previous match, the winner would be the first player to score at least 6 wins AND have at least 15 points. The match took place in the Netherlands. Note: The match is measured in wins, with the total amount of points is measured in brackets. The first game was played on October 5th, 1937.

★★★ NOTABLE GAMES ★★★

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Game 22:

★★★ FINAL ★★★

The final round (Round 25) had Euwe resigning so Alekhine re-gains his title on December 4th, 1937. This was the first time someone had re-gained the world champion title after losing it. Alekhine won with a score of 15 1/2-9 1/2 (10-4 excluding draws).

★★★ MINI TABLE ★★★

Alekhine 0 1 1/2 1/2 0 1 1 1 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 0 1 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1 1/2 1 1 (10 wins, 11 draws, 4 losses) <62% score>

Euwe 1 0 1/2 1/2 1 0 0 0 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1 0 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 0 1/2 0 0 (4 wins, 11 draws, 10 losses) <38% score>

★★★ OTHER LINKS ★★★

See Also: Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937)

Head to Head Record Prior to 1937: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... (16 wins, 23 draws and 13 losses in favour of Alekhine)

Previous World Championship: Game Collection: 1935 World Chess Championship

Next World Championship: Game Collection: 1948 World Chess Championship

Game 1, Euwe leads 1-0 (1-0)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937  
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 1-0

Game 2, Match tied 1-1 (1-1)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937  
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 3, Match tied 1-1 (1 1/2-1 1/2)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4, Match tied 1-1 (2-2)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 5, Euwe leads 2-1 (3-2)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 6, Match tied 2-2 (3-3)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

Game 7, Alekhine leads 3-2 (4-3)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 34 moves, 0-1

Game 8, Alekhine leads 4-2 (5-3)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Game 9, Alekhine leads 4-2 (5 1/2-4 1/2)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 10, Alekhine leads 5-2 (6 1/2-3 1/2)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Game 11, Alekhine leads 5-2 (7-4)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 12, Alekhine leads 5-2 (7 1/2-4 1/2)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 13, Alekhine leads 5-3 (7 1/2-5 1/2)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 68 moves, 1-0

Game 14, Alekhine leads 6-3 (8 1/2-5 1/2)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Game 15, Alekhine leads 6-3 (9-6)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 16, Alekhine leads 6-3 (9 1/2-6 1/2)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 17, Alekhine leads 6-4 (9 1/2-7 1/2)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 18, Alekhine leads 6-4 (10-8)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 19, Alekhine leads 6-4 (10 1/2-8 1/2)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 20, Alekhine leads 6-4 (11-9)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 21, Alekhine leads 7-4 (12-9)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

Game 22, Alekhine leads 8-4 (13-9)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(A09) Reti Opening, 62 moves, 1-0

Game 23, Alekhine leads 8-4 (13 1/2-9 1/2)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 24, Alekhine leads 9-4 (14 1/2-9 1/2)
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 25, Alekhine wins 10-4 (15 1/2-9 1/2)
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

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