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Max Euwe vs John James O'Hanlon
Hastings-C (1919), Hastings ENG, Aug-??
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Moeller-Therkatz Attack (C54)  ·  1-0


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Dec-04-04  kostich in time: A very early game by the player of the day. Here, he subjects the perennial Irish champion to a sustained attack right out of the opening.
May-10-05  Stacy Tsang: i like this opening ! what if ...
8 ...Nxc3 ?
May-10-05  Granite: Hrmm well if 8. ... Nxc3 then I like bxc3 and if Bxc3 then Qb3 threatens the bishop and the f7 pawn which is going to expose the king, a bad position. Instead the Bishop would have to retreat, probably to e7, and then white still has some compensation for the pawn like he did in that game.
Jul-12-05  fgh: Nice miniature.
Jul-12-05  DanRoss53: Does anybody know more about 14. ♘xh7!? in regards to the validity of the move? In the database, White is +5 -1 =2; at, White is +54 -47 =60, but a lot of those games were played by ametures.
Jul-12-05  fgh: <DanRoss53>: After playing carefully thrue this game, I will say that 14. Nxh7 is sound. I don't see any significant blunder my black. Could you suggest any improvement for black?
Jul-13-05  DanRoss53: Maia Chiburdanidze played 14... ♗f5!? in this position and won (D Pirrot vs Chiburdanidze, 1987); after 15. ♖h4 ♖e8 16. ♕h5 ♘g6 17. ♖d4 ♖e5 18. f4 the position looks drawn to me (in the only other game in this database, Ulf Andersson beat Jan Johansson with it: Ulf Andersson vs Jan Johansson, 1969)

Using the database at (which, again, contains some less-than-master-level games) and correcting my numbers from my previous post, White is +54 -48 =61 (51.8%) after 14. ♘xh7!? When Black responds with 14... ♗f5!, White is +12 -14 =16 (47.6%), while with 14... ♔xh7, White is +41 -34 =45 (52.9%). The only other response Black used was 14... ♘g6 which does not appear to be very well thought out.

I would say that 14... ♗f5! is the better move, but I can't be 100% positive. Either way, I like the opening for White... it's probably a good way to get Black into uncharted territory when playing against somebody at my level.

Jul-28-05  DanRoss53: If Euwe instead plays 17. ♕h7+ ♔f7 18. ♖h6 ♖g8 19. ♖e1, I believe at least a draw is guarenteed with 19... ♕f8 20. ♗b5 ♖h8 21. ♕xh8 gxh6 22. ♕h7+ ♔f6 23. ♖xe7 c6 24. dxc6 ♕xe7 25. ♕xh6+ ♔f7 26. ♕h7+ ♔f6 27. ♕h6+ ♔f7 28. ♕h7+ ♔f6 29. ♕h6+ 1/2-1/2 -- winning lines for other moves are as follows:
Jul-28-05  DanRoss53: 19... ♗d7 <similar for 19... ♖b8> 20. ♖ee6 ♗xe6 21. dxe6+ ♔e8 22. ♖g6 d5 23. ♖xg7 ♕d6 24. ♖xg8+ ♘xg8 25. ♕xg8+ ♔e7 26. ♕f7+ ♔d8 27. ♗b5 c6 28. ♕g8+ ♔c7 29. ♕xa8 cxb5 30. ♕xa7 ♕xe6 31. ♕c5+ ♕c6 32. ♕xc6+ ♔xc6 1-0

19... ♕d7 20. ♖he6 ♖e8 21. ♗e2 ♕xe6 22. dxe6+ ♗xe6 23. ♗h5+ ♔f6 24. ♗xe8 1-0

19... ♔f8 20. ♖h3 ♗d7 21. ♖he3 b5 22. ♗b3 ♘c8 23. ♗c2 g6 24. h4 a6 25. h5 ♖g7 26. ♕h8+ ♖g8 27. ♕h6+ ♖g7 28. hxg6 ♗e6 29. ♖xe6 ♘e7 30. ♖xe7 ♕xe7 31. ♖xe7 ♔xe7 32. ♕xg7+ ♔e8 33. ♕f7+ ♔d8 34. g7 c5 35. g8=♕# 1-0

Jul-28-05  DanRoss53: This isn't to say that 17. ♖e1 is questionable... I just haven't exhausted that line yet. =)
May-07-07  iccsumant: How come I don't get my Q becoming [queen pic.] and others? Is there something wrong?
May-07-07  PolishPentium: PP wonders if there is any merit to Black playing 20...Kf7, rather than the given Kf8.
May-07-07  sneaky pete: If 20... Kf7 21.Rh6 .. wins.
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