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Max Euwe vs Edgar Colle
Amsterdam (1926), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Apr-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  0-1


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Jan-01-04  Halfpricemidge: If 17QxP+, Kf8; 18QxB, QxKt+ and that's mate next move.
Jan-22-06  twinlark: If 18.Kxb2, Qb4+ 18.Kc2 Ne5 threatening Be4.

But what about 18.Qxd7+ Kf8 19.Kxb2?

One version of this game score shows that Euwe resigned after Black's 19th move. The last two moves seem nonsensical, especially from a player of Euwe's class.

Jan-22-06  sneaky pete: 18.Qxd7+ Kf8 19.Kxb2 Qb4+ 20.Kc2 Ne5 21.Qd6+ Qxd6 21.Rxd6 b4 22.Nxe5 fxe5 and wins (Alekhine) is given by Reinfeld. This is of course the best line of defence. Black emerges with an extra pawn, but the win is neither clear nor easy. In the actual game. Euwe resigned after 19... Bd5.
Jan-22-06  twinlark: <sneaky pete> Continue with 23.Bxb5 Bxg2 24.Rhd1 (say), and the Black's pawn advantage doesn't even include a passed pawn. I guess for a GM it's a matter of technique...
Jan-22-06  sneaky pete: <twinlark> Mixed up confusion, man it's-a-killin' me. 23.Bxb5 .. is not possible (white would be a piece up). In the indicated line of analysis black played 21... b4 and he still has to recapture (on c3) the sacrificed piece. 23.Rd3? Be4 would of course be bad, but 23.f3 Rxc3+ 24.Kd2 .. may be tried. I also looked at 23.Rb1?! .. (hoping for 23... Rxc3+ 24.Kd2 ..), but 23... Be4+ may be a refutation.
Jan-22-06  twinlark: <sneaky pete> confused yeah. It's 40 degrees here (that's over 100 on the fahrenheit scale) and I'm cooking. Even sitting here in front of the screen raises a sweat. For some reason I didn't play b4...Not my day for analysis.

Black wins, but more slowly. Enough said.

Apr-02-13  Gambit All: Euwe castling Queenside was very strange. Colle, beginning with 14...Rc8 and the threat of the discovered check, just overwhelms him. 15...Bxa3 is another textbook Colle Bishop Sac.
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