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Evert Straat vs Max Euwe
"Mini Max" (game of the day May-07-2007)
Amsterdam (1920), Amsterdam NED
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  0-1
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May-07-07  JeLiFF7: what a messy game
May-07-07  AlfieNoakes: Reminds me of the Frankenstein-Dracula variation of the Vienna game. Nice finish by Euwe.
May-07-07  asmama: why did white resign ?
May-07-07  Confuse: Qb3+ if no interference or Qc2+ if the bishop takes the rook seems to be the winning poke.
May-07-07
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  outplayer: How old was Euwe in 1920?
May-07-07  scholes: FEN:


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10 -11.33 22.Qf7xh7 Re6e7 23.Qh7h8+ Bd7e8 24.Bc1b2 Qa2xb2 25.Qh8xd4 Qb2xd4 26.Kd1c2 Qd4c4+ 27.Kc2d1

Black's rook, bishop,queen and knight are threatening mate

May-07-07  Bingat29: <asmama> It is mate in 4. Here is the clue. The threat is mate in 2 by Qb3+. White cannot move d2 because of Qe2 +. Also Bc2 and Bb1 are obviously suicidal and will not affect the threat. So maybe white has to eliminate the rook to provide his king an escape at e1. Hence BxR (of course QxR is tantamount to resignation) but then the c2 square becomes unprotected. Now mate in 4 is easier to figure out. Clue. Black Queen zigzags.
May-07-07  suenteus po 147: <outplayer> It seems Euwe was 19 when this game was played. Possibly 18 if it was played before May.
May-07-07  twin phoenix: the knight 'escapes' to d4 killing white dead. a very pretty move.
May-07-07
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  al wazir: <asmama: why did white resign?> 22. Qxh7 (to defend against the mate threat) Nxf5 23. Qxf5 Re1+ 24. Rxe1 Bxf5. Also winning is 22...Re7 23. Bb1 Qb3+ 24. Bc2 Rxh7 25. Bxb3 Nxb3.
May-07-07
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  kevin86: A sloppy one for a GOTD. Both players waste time going after passive rooks at a1/a8. The finish does have a fine touch as 22 ♗xe6 falls to ♕c2+ 27 ♔d1 ♔xc1#.

BTW,black's wayward knight escaped,white's didn't

May-07-07  crwynn: What was Euwe's play "sloppy"? It's not as if taking a rook on a1 or a8 is always a bad idea. Or even usually a bad idea.
May-07-07
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  Chessmensch: The early moves of this game remind me of what an aggressive chess program does to an inexperienced player (penetrates deep into white's weak squares and does damage) rather than (as jgp123 points out) seek some structure. Overall, it's the kind of romp you don't see these days.
May-07-07  MiCrooks: Bingat29 - you should have glanced above ya! (though you probably posted about the same time). But even then, your line after BxR is off too! You get mate in two, not mate in four. Simply Qc2+ Ke1 Qxc1++. It is instructive to see how to proceed after the forced Qxh7 doublely protecting c2, though it is pretty much forced. Re7 attacking the Q and threatening Bxf5 when mate can't be stopped. So Qh8+ forcing Be8 (if Re8 Qxh4+) but now mate is threatened again and White can only chuck pieces to delay the inevitable.
May-07-07  Crowaholic: <Bingat29: It is mate in 4.>

It is not mate in 4, see for instance al wazir's line. There are better defenses for White than BxR. Even QxR is only a mate in 6:

22. Qxe6 Bxe6 23. Nc7 Bxf5 24. Ne6+ Bxe6 25. Bb2 Qb1+ 26. Bc1 Qc2+ 27. Ke1 Qxc1#

May-07-07
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  chessgames.com: <Given 7 times; par: 16> We suspected that Guess-the-Move: E Straat vs Euwe, 1920 would prove to be one of the most difficult Guess-the-Move quizzes in the database, and the statistics are starting to confirm that. Toga identified several "only moves" so it's easy to get penalties at several points in the game. The highest score so far is 28, an outstanding performance by User: Manic.
May-08-07  Bingat29: <Asmama> Sorry did not take into account 22. Qxh7. But then you can proceed with the 22....Qb3+ attack. And if 23. Bc2 NxB and if 24. QxN Re1 + and the white queen is lost. So White has no other choice but to check after 23...NxB. For example 24. Qh1+ Re8 25. QxB+ Kc8. White runs out of check and has to defend. The white queen is vulnerable to a fork after the double check. So the white queen has to move. wherever it go Ne3++ will result in mate at d1 because of a discovered check by the rook at e1. Try it. I could be wrong anyway since I did not set this analysis on a chess board. I just visualized the moves. I am lazy these days.
May-08-07  ruinme: I Thought white was going to win and was hoping for some brilliancy. Was so disappointed...
May-20-07  waddayaplay: A very tough game to guess the moves of. The most difficult for me was move 18, where I spent 20-30 minutes. The problem is that you don't want white's queen to get to c7. If e.g. ...Bxb4, then Qg5+ ..Be7 Qe5 and white is probably better. If moves such as 18..Bxe6 , then I figured Bb2 and white's bishop would escape. In the end I got confused and played Bf6??, losing 2 points.
May-05-08  dylam: The real beauty is to see black's play after the only defending move Qxh7. so,
22. Qxh7 Qb3+ 23. Bc2 Nxc2 24. Qxc2 Re1+! 25. Rxe1 (25. Kxe1 Qxc2 ) Bg4+ 26. f3 Bxf3+! 27. gxf3 (27.Re2 Bxe2+ 28. Kxe2 Qxc2 ) Qxf3+ 28. Re2 Qf1+ 29. Re1 Qxe1#
Aug-03-17
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  avtaplanit: I think 18...Bxe6 is the best move. Whatever white plays, black continues with 19...Bg4+ 20.Kf1. If the black queen happens to be on e5(e.g. with 19.Qe5) then 20..Kd7 is good for black.
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