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Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935), Various Locations NED, rd 25, Dec-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  0-1


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Nov-23-06  aragorn69: Unbelievable how bad Alekhine played this (very important) game!

For the first time, Euwe - who had been trailing at -2 for most of the match (or even -3 at one point) - took the lead. He won the next game too, and would not let Alekhine catch up any more.

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  Calli: Actually a very interesting game. Alekhine keeps sacrificing pawns to prevent Euwe from castling, but he finally refutes the attack with 21...Nf3!+. Later, Alekhine claimed that White would be better after 20.Bb3+, but the Dutch analysts disagreed with him.
Nov-24-06  Albertan: Hiarcs 10 and Rybka 2.2 agree with Alekhine.

Hiarcs 10 gives this variation:
20.Bb3 Qxd4 21.Nc4 Kf7 22.Nd6+ Kg6 23.Bc2+ f5 24.Qg3 Kf6 25.h4 Nf7 26.Rad1 Qc5 27.Bb3 (-1.59) Depth: 14 ply

Rybka 2.2 gives this variation:

20.Bb3 Qxd4 21.Nc4 Kf7 22.Nd6+ Kg6 23.h4 Qxh4 24.f4 Rd8 25.Bc2+ f5 26.Nxc8 Raxc8

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  Calli: lets see:
Alyehkin gave 20.Bb3! Qd8! 21.Nc4 Qe7 22.Nb6 Qxa3 23.Rxa3 Ra6 24.Nxc8 Kd7 25.Re1 Re8 26.d5 but Kxc8 27.dxe6 Nf7 is good (DeZeeuw). Euwe says he would have played 21...Nf7! 22.Rfe1 Ra6 followed by Qe7

This game features some stout defense by Max Euwe!

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  gambitfan: Is it a Cambridge Springs Variation?
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  plang: "Is it a Cambridge Springs Variation?"


Mar-15-08  Knight13: <Alekhine keeps sacrificing pawns to prevent Euwe from castling, but he finally refutes the attack with 21...Nf3!+.> Alekhine didn't have a choice. Those pawns were dead anyway. He wasn't sacrificing them.
Jul-31-08  Jesspatrick: You wouldn't know it from this game, but snatching queenside Pawns in the Cambridge Springs defense can be dangerous. If the black Queen doesn't get trapped, then the tempos gained by White will come home to roost on the kingside.
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  Domdaniel: I love the sound of tempos coming home to roost ... making tick-tock sounds to one another and laying little tempi eggs, from whose broken shells baby tempura will emerge.

They like clock towers, apparently, though the rooks sometimes chase them away.

Nature red in black and white.

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  Domdaniel: Some sources have 5 extra moves: after 40.Kg4 Rd8, we have 41.Ne5 Rxd1 42.Rxd1 Be2+ 43.Kxg5 Rxf5+ 44.Kxf5 Bxd1 45.Nxc6 a4 0-1.

Maybe this was investigated and sorted out here years ago, with the evidence deleted to avoid confusing people -- but it's the first time I've seen it, and I'm confused.

We all know that Alekhine tended to invent moves and elevate variations to historical facts ... but he wouldn't do it in a WC match. Would he?

This was the 25th game of a very long match with a great many decisive games, which partly explains the uneven quality of the play.

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  Pawn and Two: <Domdaniel> In "Max Euwe, the Biography", by Alexander Muenninghoff, the additional moves you indicated, were included. The game commentary stated, that at adjournment, Alekhine was three pawns down, <"the next day, Euwe wins after some 15 minutes of play.">

In the match book, "Euwe vs. Alekhine - Match 1935", by Euwe & Alekhine, the additional moves were included.

For this game, Euwe provided the notes. After move 40...Rd8, Euwe stated that the game was adjourned. Both books state that the game was played on Dec. 1st & Dec. 2nd. As noted, the game score for the match book included the additional five moves.

Our game score should be corrected to include the moves: 41.Ne5 Rxd1 42.Rxd1 Be2+ 43.Kxg5 Rxf5+ 44.Kxf5 Bxd1 45.Nxc6 a4.

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  Domdaniel: <Pawn and Two> Thanks, that seems quite conclusive - the version here stops short at the adjournment.

I'll file a correction slip. Strange, though, that such an important game could be left uncorrected for so long.

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  thegoodanarchist: <aragorn69: Unbelievable how bad Alekhine played this (very important) game!>

Agreed! Was he drunk???

Nov-24-15  kamagong24: i think Euwe demonstrated why 8. Qd2 was a weak move in this variation...
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