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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Max Euwe
Hastings (1934/35), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense Carlsbad Line (B13)  ·  0-1
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Apr-04-05  RookFile: Euwe grinds down Botvinnik in an
ending.

It's absolutely shocking to find
out that Euwe had a plus score
against Botvinnik!

Apr-04-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: I don't find it shocking at all. Euwe rated as high as Botvinnik in the 1934-1938 when he scored his wins. After the war he had declined and Botvinnik was stronger.
Sep-15-05  sitzkrieg: Either Botvinnik was very stupid and played the same game again in 35, or we have a game double in the database. In that case, incidentally, the plus of Euwe disapears into 2-2 (draws not counted). Happy now, Rookfile?

(p.s. in the 30's Euwe was certainly as strong as Botvinnik)

Sep-15-05
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  perfidious: Even Botvinnik acknowledged having difficulties in his pre-war games with Euwe, going on to say that it was only later on that he was able to make up the 0-2 deficit in games won.

BTW, I've already sent on a note as to the correct score, which is the alternate game (not that it makes any difference in practical terms).

Sep-26-06  micartouse: I like 15 ... Re8! Euwe makes room for the often useful ... Bf8 defense in the event of a Bxh6 sacrifice. Actually, it's remarkable that White doesn't get a good kingside attack here. It seems frightening for Black.

I'm also impressed by the pawn race at the end, which is always a difficult scenario to calculate out. Excellent game.

May-10-08  RookFile: I guess I didn't realize that there was a duplicate game in the database.

This game is a nice example of incisive endgame play by Euwe.

May-27-08  Magorian: 21... Ne4 was probably stronger (22.Qd1 Rae8 or 22.Qc2 Rc7).
Jan-12-09  TheChessGuy: 47...Nf2+! also wins for Black. If the knight is accepted, the h-pawn queens: 48.Bxf2 h2 49.Re1 Ra1+ 50.Kd2 Rxe1 51.a8=Q h1=Q and White is two pawns and the exchange down. If 48. Ke1, 48...Nd3+ 49.Kd1 Rxa7! 50.Bxa7 h2 is good as well, as White's rook is kept off of e1 by the knight on d3.
Apr-23-09
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  Chessdreamer: According to Euwe ("From Steinitz to Fischer") the actual move order was 12...b5 13.Bb1 Nb4 14.Ne5 Re8 15.Qd2 Bb7 etc, and the game concluded 48.Bxh2 Rxa7 49.Bb8 Ra8 50.Rd8 Ne5 51.Bc7 Rxd8 52.Bxd8 Kg6 53.Ke2 Kf5 54.Ke3 Kg4 55.Bc7 Nf3 56. Kf2 f5 0-1.
Apr-24-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Another game that seems to be shy by a few moves.
Sep-26-12  Cibator: William Winter, in his "Chess For Match Players" (1951), cited the play in this game, from Black's 12th-22nd moves inclusive, as an example of how to play against an isolated QP. After 22. ... Qxe5, he concluded his comments with the remark: "Black has now safely won the pawn, and with correct play the game should be his. He actually won on the 56th move." Which would seem to confirm the claims above that the score as given here stops a few moves short.
Oct-22-15  shunyo: To Chessdreamer: but if 12....b5, directly, 13.Cxb5, axb5 14.Txc6. With 12....Cb4, black prepare the fianchetto and can return the knight to d5.
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