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Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine
Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937), The Hague NED, rd 17, Nov-14
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System Main Line (D19)  ·  1-0


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  beatgiant: Black's 16...a5 leaves the queenside too weak. I think the right idea must be to jettison the extra pawn with ...c5 at the right moment, to liquidate the pressure. For example, 16...c5 17. dc bc 18. ♗xc5 ♘c6.

After 16...a5?, Euwe wins with fine technique.

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  Benzol: <beatgiant> Euwe himself thought 16...♘f6 was correct.

If 17.♘e5 ♕d5 or 17.e4 e5 18.♖d1 exd4 19.e5 c5 20.exf6 ♕xf6 when Black has three pawns for the piece and excellent prospects.

Analysis by Euwe from "My Best Games 1920 - 1937".

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  kevin86: Euwe pulls this one out over Alekhine with good middle game play.

This is the last win by Euwe over Alekhine as the latter really takes over the match after a brief segment of draws.

Apr-08-08  Knight13: After this good game Euwe fell into a hole for the rest of the match.
Nov-09-10  soothsayer8: I feel like 32. Rxa4 would have been advisable, as black ended up losing the f pawn anyway, perhaps it wouldn't have made a difference, but white's passed pawn is certainly stronger than black's f pawn unless I'm missing some tactic...
Jan-04-12  King.Arthur.Brazil: This time the studied variant 10.Bd3(!) appeared completely and black took the poisoned P at c3. His Q side is attracked noway to hold b6-c6 weakness. An easy win: a prepared openning trap win by EUWE.
Nov-29-14  RookFile: I think that if black had played 20....Rxa4 this could have been a real tough game for Euwe to win. I have no doubt that Euwe will emerge a pawn ahead, the problem is that the pawns are on 1 side of the board. Tough to win; tough to hold as black. Alekhine didn't relish this type of defense and tried to push the "random" button with ...e5, but it didn't work out. 20....Rxa4 maintains a 50/50 chance of black holding out for a draw.
Dec-02-14  RookFile: ....e5 may be an example of Capa's point that Alekhine's play had some bluff to it. Nothing wrong with a bluff if it works, but Euwe wasn't fooled here.
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