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Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine
"The Pearl of Zandvoort" (game of the day Oct-20-08)
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935)  ·  Dutch Defense: Nimzo-Dutch. Alekhine Variation (A90)  ·  1-0
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Oct-20-08  Pianoplayer: How did Alekhine not see 47.♘e4? I mean, really.
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  mjmorri: <Pianoplayer> The game was over by then.
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  stoy: The "Pearl of Zandvoort" was started in Zandvoort but finished, after adjournment, in Amsterdam! A great game.
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Look at the Knight who started in g1, after 19 moves !!! I love this game !!!
Oct-04-10  anjyplayer: Good to see Alekhine getting crushed.
Nov-03-10  soothsayer8: I'd say that knight has earned his keep ;)
Nov-07-10  lefthandsketch: You can see Euwe's notes on this game here, which include an explanation of how black emerges with a better position after 11.Bxb7
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  sevenseaman: A great N fork to finish with a flourish!
Dec-16-10  redorc19: could someone show me the analysis for after the last move? How would white win
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  Sastre: 47...Kf5 48.Nxd2 Rxe6 49.dxe6 Kxe6 50.cxb5 .
Feb-10-11  redorc19: oh yeah...thx
Feb-10-11  Pygeum Lycopene: <<Good to see Alekhine getting crushed.>> lol. yeah, the luzhin defence was a very annoying movie.
Apr-29-11  Dyonis: 9. Nxe4 seems strong continuation for white...after 9. ... fxe 10. Ne5 ...I think white are much better... But afcourse,the moove chosen by Euve(9.Qc2) is ...strong enough...against the very provocative 8. ... b6 ?! The whole idea suported by Alekhine here was provocate white's 11.Bxb7...against which he had been (probably) ready to counteract...
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 .

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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.
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  Cemoblanca: Euwe is thinking on his 29th move!
Mar-20-13  ajax333221: he moved the same knight 7 times in a row :0
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  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.
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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
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