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Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine
"The Pearl of Zandvoort" (game of the day Feb-03-16)
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935)  ·  Dutch Defense: Nimzo-Dutch. Alekhine Variation (A90)  ·  1-0
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May-03-11  erniecohen: Doesn't 37...Rxe6 38. dxe6 Rf5 draw?
May-03-11  bronkenstein: <Doesn't 37...Rxe6 38. dxe6 Rf5 draw?>

Doesn´t look like an obvious draw after 39.Rd1( 39. Re1 !? ) .

May-14-11  erniecohen: <bronkenstein: <Doesn't 37...Rxe6 38. dxe6 Rf5 draw?> Doesn´t look like an obvious draw after 39.Rd1( 39. Re1 !? )>

RP* endings aren't my specialty, but I think white ends up with nothing better than an extra pawn on the Q-side (with the K-side pawns still there), which would normally be a draw. Any specialists care to comment?

May-14-11  bronkenstein: Since no specialists answered your call , i will try to help as much as I can :)

Comparing the line you gave to Alekhine´s choice , the rook ending offers much better drawing chances , since black is totally lost otherwise few moves later , with knight on the board + chain passers . Alekhine simply overestimated his position IMO.

Just, the draw is not obvious (to me at least ) or forced in small number of moves . Both pawns in center are rather weak than strong , and black remains with very active rook but being pawn or two down (eventually) in many variations.

38. ...Rxe6 is even better than 37. ... Rxe6 , since white already determined the position of his rook ( by playing 38. Re1 ), so we don´t have to deal with variations starting with 39. Rd1 continuing the line you gave .

For example : 38. ... Rxe6 39. dxe6 Kg7 40. b3!? ( with the trap 40. ...Rf2? 41.Kg1! Ra2?? 42.Rf1 Re2 43. Rf5 ; 40. Rd1 !?) Kf8! 41. Rd1 Rf2 ( 41. ... Ke7 42. Rd7+ Kxe6 43 . Rxh7 looks even worse ) 42.Rd8+ Kxe7 43. Rd7+ Kxe6 44. Rxa7 Kxe5 etc, white puts all his hopes in activity .

Jan-21-12
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Look at the Knight who started in g1, after its 19 moves !!! I love this game !!!
Aug-17-12  Chessplayer150X: 32.Ng5!!!! This is the rock crusher.The immediate threat is most unpleasant.
Nov-18-12  Cemoblanca: Euwe is thinking on his 29th move! http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/rekius/...
Mar-20-13  ajax333221: he moved the same knight 7 times in a row :0
Mar-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space:


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position after 20. Ne3

I don't see any white advantage after 20...Qe8.

for example: 20...Qe8 21. Rg1 Bf6
if white plays now 22. Nxf5? Bxc3 23. Nxd6 black has the nice 23...Qg6 with black advantage


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And after the logical 22. g4 fxg4 23. Rxg4 Bd4 24 Rag1 Rf7 I see no progress for White. The position seems =


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Will check it with shredder 12 deep ply to be sure

Mar-21-13  DWINS: <lost in space>, 20...Qe8 is perfectly fine as is 20...a6, 20...Rb8, 20...Qd8, 20...Kg8, as well as Alekhine's 20...Bf6. This is an even position and is not the critical one in the game. Don't get fooled into thinking it is just because Euwe played the flashy 21.Nxf5. Alekhine maintained an even position until he started to go wrong on move 32 and 35.
Mar-21-13
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  lost in space: yups, the position is even.

Here just a snapshot:

shredder 12, d=27

20...Qd8 21. a4 Bf6...-->+0,02

20...Qe8 21. a4 Bf6...--> +0,06

20...Rb8 21. Qc2 Qe8...--> +0,09

Will have a closer look to 20...Bf6 and alter on to the moves 32-35

Dec-04-13  chesspressive: the knight is the piece of the game,really amusing though
Feb-03-16
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  offramp: Played in Zandvoort and Amsterdam.
Feb-03-16  andrewjsacks: I wager that Philidor would have loved White's play in this classic.
Feb-03-16
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  lost in space: Now I know why this game looked so familiar. This time I asked myself what the heck is wrong with the simple 20...Nf6. The answer is: nothing. not the best move but the position is close to even (+0,32, shredder 12, d=22)

Wil have a look now to the 32. and 35. move were Aljechin most probably went wrong.

Feb-03-16  piltdown man: Is this the first time this magnificent game has been GOTD? Surely you can't be serious. (I am serious, and don't call me Shirley).
Feb-03-16  1971: Wow! Power play! Going to have look at Mr. Euwe's games. Such clarity. Turned the board into a play work shop.
Feb-03-16
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  offramp: As I explained elsewhere, ZAND = sand and VOORT = fort or castle so ZANDVOORT means SANDCASTLE.
Feb-03-16  Old Woodpusher: I am not really sure why - perhaps it is the barrage of central pawns bearing down on Alekhine's king, or maybe the depth of Euwe's strategy - which are variations on a theme anyway - but this has always been one of my favourite games. I don't know how many times I have played through this game over the years but I always greatly enjoy exercising my inadequate brain cells with this. Science ? Art ? I don't know. Maybe a bit of both but brilliant in either case.
Feb-03-16
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  Stonehenge: "Zandvoort is known to exist in 1100, called Sandevoerde (a combination of "sand" and "voorde", meaning ford)." That's ford with a 'd' :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zandv...

Feb-03-16
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  kevin86: White will pick up a rook and be a knight ahead.
Feb-03-16
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  luftforlife: Here is a link to GM Dr. S.G. Tartakower's special annotated coverage of this game through its adjournment, as published in De Telegraaf on December 4, 1935:

http://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=d...

Here is a link to his coverage of this game through its conclusion, as published in De Telegraaf on December 5, 1935:

http://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=d...

In neither article do I find his enduring and endearing denomination of this game as "De Parel van Zandvoort," but it is undisputed that it was he who bestowed upon this game its lasting and memorable title. Perhaps kibitzer <zanzibar> or another serious historian such as he will know exactly where and when Dr. Tartakower first gave this game its seminal name.

In his Max Euwe: The Biography (Alkmaar, The Netherlands: New In Chess 2001), Alexandr Münninghoff briefly discusses this game and its enduring moniker at pages 133-34. Here's a link:

https://books.google.com/books?id=c...

Finally, here's more on the etymology of "voorde":

http://etymologiebank.nl/trefwoord/...

Best to all. ~ lufty

Feb-03-16
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  luftforlife: Apparently, Dr. Tartakower did not coin the appellation "Parel van Zandvoort" itself, for here it appears in a wholly different context in a squib with no byline published in Het volk on May 12, 1932:

http://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=d...

~ lufty

Feb-03-16
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  morfishine: <piltdown man> Of course this is a great game, and yes, its been "GOTD" many times before, in fact, according to <Xeroxx> this was presented 6,345 times before today

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Feb-03-16
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  Penguincw: Hmm, back-to-back "Pearl of ___" puns. I thought Amethyst was the birthstone of February...
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