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Reurt Meijer vs Max Euwe
Amsterdam (1920), Amsterdam NED
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense (C55)  ·  0-1


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Sep-02-02  sudiptokanti: 16. g3 would have been the right move!
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  Doctor Who: I agree with you

16. g3 Nh3+ 17. Kh1 Bd4+ 18. Rxd4 Qxd2 and Black is winning

But after 16. g3 Nh3+ 17. Kf1 White looks fine and dandy

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  Richard Taylor: The reason Euwe has a (positionally) winning advantage is that White's pieces are on the far side of the board - by 12. ... Ne6!! Euwe leaves the B and keeps his better knight. At the finish White is not fine and dandy if 16. Rg3 Nh3+ ! wins if 16. g3 the K-side is weak (the White squares wil be White's death) Black has 16. ... Ne6! again stopping White's 19. Nc5 - I can see at least one line which forces a win in about 5 moves I think Black is virtually won -of course Black may find a defence but his postion is in disarray -and his knight and Bishop are useless.

In a fast game the impulse might be -or even in an "ordinary game" - or a weaker player to take the B thinking he had made a good exchange (it was my first thought) but Euwe cleverly retains his very active Knight - and interesting and instructive game.

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