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Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935), Various Locations NED, rd 1, Oct-03
Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17)  ·  1-0


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Mar-29-04  SerpentSin: Whats wrong with 19... Bxb4?
Mar-29-04  AgentRgent: After 19...Bxb4 follows 20. Nb3 Qc7 21. Qe4 Bd6 22. Qd4 and Black has to start giving pawns to save his piece. (i.e. 22...g5 23. Bxg5 f6 24. Bh6 Rd8 25. Qxa7)
Aug-30-04  AdrianP: "It was all over in less than three hours. Alekhine did not allow me to unravel my forces and very convincingly crushed my position. There was no struggle: I was deprived of all counter-chances, and my opponent simply inflicted an execution on me." (Euwe)
Sep-17-04  Knight13: 24... Qa5 is not a well move followed by 25... Qe1+?.
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  beatgiant: <24... Qa5 is not a well move followed by 25... Qe1+?.>

The position was already bad. White has full control of the center, Black's knight is pinned, and White can increase the pressure with various simple attacks like ♘c4 or ♕d2 or ♕f5 . It looks like White will at least win a pawn in the near future.

For example, if 24... ♖d8 25. ♕f5 ♗d6 26. ♕e6+ followed by ♘f5 looks strong.

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  Calli: Alekhine and Euwe give 19...Bxb4!? 20.Nb3 Qc7 21.Qe4 Bc3 22.Rc1 Bb2 23.Rc2 g5 24.Bxg5 Ba3 and White has the advantage but Black is much better than in the game.

Euwe's 17...Qa5? is the troublemaker here. 17...Qb6! is recommended.

Oct-16-07  pacelli: Actually the real troublemaker was 8...e5? It allowed a long term pin which Alehine expertly piled on the pressure.
Oct-16-07  DWINS: Purdy calls 11...Be6? "the root cause of Black's difficulties". He goes on to say that Vidmar's simple untying move 11....f6! is entirely adequate and references Capablanca vs Vidmar, 1929 and Capablanca vs Dake, 1931

He also doesn't like 16...Rxd1+? and says that 16...Qb6! is worth considering.

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  TheTamale: I agree with <pacelli> above. Perhaps Black's subsequent play could have been improved, but this move seems unnecessarily troublesome.
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  offramp: Euwe defends very well after the opening, where I think nerves GOT TO him. Against a lesser player his stubbornness might have proved successful, but Alekhine found the best way of continuing his initiative.
Jan-09-18  Whitehat1963: What happens if 24. Nxd5?
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  WannaBe: <Whitehat1963>

1) +2.50 (27 ply) 24...Qd6 25.Qa2 Kh8 26.Ne3 Qb6 27.Bxe5 fxe5 28.Rd7 c4 29.Qxc4 Bc5 30.Rf7 Qd8 31.Nf5 Qb8 32.Rxf8+ Bxf8 33.Ne3 b6 34.Qf7 Bc5 35.Nc4 e4 36.Qe6 e3 37.Nxe3 Bxe3 38.Qxe3 Qd8 39.f3 Qd7 40.Qe5 Kg8 41.Kf2 Kf7 42.Qe4 g6

2) +6.07 (27 ply) 24...Qd8 25.Nxf6+ gxf6 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Qe4 b6 28.Bxe5 fxe5 29.Qxe5 Rd1+ 30.Kg2 Bd8 31.Kf3 h6 32.e3 Rd2 33.Qe4 Kf8 34.Qg6 h5 35.Qxh5 Rd7 36.Qh6+ Kg8 37.Ke2 Rf7 38.Qg6+ Kf8 39.Qd6+ Ke8 40.Qc6+ Rd7 41.Qg6+ Rf7 42.Qe4+ Re7 43.Qd5 Rd7 44.Qg8+ Ke7 45.Qg7+ Ke8 46.Qh8+ Kf7 47.Qh5+ Kf8 48.Qh6+ Kf7 49.Qh7+ Ke8

3) +7.15 (26 ply) 24...Qb8 25.Nxe7+ Kh8 26.Qxc5 Qe8 27.Qc7 Qb8 28.Bxe5 fxe5 29.Rd7 Qxc7 30.Rxc7 Rb8 31.Nf5 h6 32.Rxg7 h5 33.Re7 a6 34.Nd6 axb5 35.axb5 h4 36.Rxb7 Ra8 37.Nf7+ Kg8 38.b6 h3 39.f3 Kf8 40.Kf2 Ra4 41.Nxe5

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  WannaBe: Analysis of 24. as played in the game:

1) +2.06 (24 ply) 24...Rd8 25.Rxd8+ Qxd8 26.Qe4 b6 27.Bxe5 fxe5 28.Qxe5 Qd7 29.Qe4 Bf8 30.Nc4 h6 31.Kg2 Qe7 32.Qd3 g5 33.Qd5+ Qf7 34.Qe4 Kg7 35.e3 h5 36.f3 Kg8 37.f4 gxf4 38.exf4 Be7 39.Kf2

2) +2.08 (24 ply) 24...c4 25.Bxe5 fxe5 26.Qxc4 Qxc4 27.Nxc4 Kf7 28.Rd7 Rb8 29.Rc7 Ke6 30.Na5 Kd6 31.Rxb7 Rxb7 32.Nxb7+ Kd5 33.Kg2 e4 34.Na5 Bc5 35.f3 g5 36.Kh3 h5 37.fxe4+ Kxe4 38.Nc6 Kd5 39.Kg2 Kc4 40.e4 Kb3

3) +2.22 (24 ply) 24...Re8 25.Nc4 Qc8 26.Nxe5 fxe5 27.Rxe5 Bf8 28.Qc4+ Kh8 29.Rxe8 Qxe8 30.e4 Qd7 31.Be5 b6 32.Kg2 h6 33.h4 Kh7 34.Qd5 Qe8 35.f4 Be7 36.Bc3 Qd8 37.Qxd8 Bxd8 38.Kf3

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