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Max Euwe vs Richard Reti
"Max Out" (game of the day Apr-18-2009)
match (1920), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, May-??
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  0-1
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Apr-18-09
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  Check It Out: It seems Euwe decided to play it all the way to mate considering the nature of the game. He could have resigned at move 20 or 21. Euwe's willingness to play it out reminds me of a game Fischer played where he got upset because the guy resigned BEFORE the denouement could be delivered. I don't remember which game though.
Apr-18-09  kasparvez: This pun has been used before for a great game involving Lasker and Euwe. Pl check: Euwe vs Lasker, 1934
Apr-18-09  grz: <Check It Out:>

I think you're referring to the R. Byrne-Fischer 1963 game. Check it out and let me know if that is the game you are thinking of.

Apr-18-09  pawneetribe: I love Reti too...he really puts the "hyper" in "hypermodern". But please enlighten this perennial patzer, why 9Nxd4 instead of just Rxe4+? Or Nxe4?
Apr-18-09  blacksburg: <pawneetribe> take a look at <patzer2>'s post from Oct-04-03.
Apr-18-09
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  kevin86: The future WC learns the hard way how premature attacks can lead to early destruction.

How awful is it when a player exchanges an active queen for two inactive rooks. The queen is still there but is closer to being living dwad.

Apr-18-09  serefhanov: After 12. Qxc5 with Nxe4 and Rxe4 white is up pawn should win, at least draw. but Euwe thought that he has winning attack so didn2t exchage queens. All later moves are forced I think.It's hard to see mate in 10:)
Apr-18-09
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  Check It Out: <grz> That's the one. Thanks!
Apr-18-09  WhiteRook48: message for white: Euwe lost!
Apr-18-09
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  patzer2: I've been recently reviewing the double attack tactical theme in Fred Reinfeld's "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations," and immediately recognized the position after 19. Kh1 (19...? Black to move) as number 274 in this collection.
Apr-18-09
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  patzer2: Surprisingly Reinfeld drags out his back-of-the-book solution with 21...Qxd1+ when 22. Kg2 Qg4+ or 22...Qg1+ lead to a longer and more difficult mate. Instead, Reti's 21...Qf3+ initiates a quick mate-in-two.
May-02-09
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  patzer2: Oops! I owe Fred Reinfeld a posthumous apology. In Reinfeld's problem 274 there is an extra White bishop added on g1 to complicate the situation, and this makes his "more complicated" solution correct.

However, the problem 17...? (Black to move) can be found as number 345 in Reinfeld's "1001 Winning Chess Sacrfices and Combinations." There (problem 345 on page 73) the solution is the same as the game continuation here.

May-02-09
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  patzer2: I have 17...Bh3! in my "discovered attack" game collection, which is the same category Reinfeld puts it under in his "1001..." combination book.
May-03-09  grz: <Check it out>

You're welcome. That is one of my favorite Fischer games.

May-28-11  metamorphysis: One of the best examples of a double rook sacrifice !
Jul-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <metamorphysis: One of the best examples of a double rook sacrifice !> 4 more Game Collection: 61_Double rook sacrifices
Feb-09-14
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  Sally Simpson: It is possible that some of this mini-masterpiece was worked out before the game.

In Kruegar - Reti 1914 this position was reached (Black to play)


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Reti played 14...Bg4 and won.

P Krueger vs Reti, 1914

Reti may have known that Euwe as White played this 9.Nxd4 line because Euwe played 9.Nxd4 v Kroone in 1919 and White won.

Euwe vs G Kroone, 1919

So come 1920 we have Reti as Black playing Euwe and reaching the same 1914 position he had against Kruegar.


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Here Reti played 14....Bd6 instead of 14...Bg4.

The incredible thing being that both moves offer a Rook.

One can imagine Reti prepping his up and coming match v Euwe sitting in his bedroom picking the bones out of each Rook sacrifice to see which one he considered best.

An extraordinary and instructive game with an interesting history.

Mar-28-14
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  ralph46: On move 17 black can win simply with Bf5 instead of Bh3 after 18 Qxa8 Bxe4 white cannot escape the mating net
Apr-11-14  KingPetrosian: Euwe played this game terribly. It's hard to believe such an esteemed player loses so much front before they even enter a middle game.
Apr-12-14  Olavi: Euwe was 18. If I'm not mistaken, no player had achieved any international esteem at that age except Alekhine, and none would (bar Reshevsky) before Klaus Junge.
Apr-12-14
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  perfidious: That said, even Alekhine had his moments as a youth of eighteen, to wit:

Karlsbad (1911)/Alexander Alekhine

As one might well expect, the young master's play was uneven, featuring such games as Burn vs Alekhine, 1911, from which Alekhine no doubt learnt a great deal, and Alekhine vs P F Johner, 1911, an unmitigated disaster in one of his few serious games featuring the White side of the King's Gambit.

Jan-09-15
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  visayanbraindoctor: One of the rarest sacs in chess, the double rook sac. Some masters go through all their lives never experiencing it. Companion brilliancy to

Reti vs Euwe, 1920

What are the chances of a double rook sacrifice played by the same players to occur in the same year (perhaps same match)? One in a zillion?

Jun-01-15  Catholic Bishop: There`s a longer and more sadistic mate after 20... Qf2+ with the king dying on e5
Jan-07-16
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  whiteshark: Max wasn't Reti (for this gambit)!
Apr-12-17  AlbertoDominguez: visayanbraindoctor - the two double-rook sacrifice games are indeed both from the same four-game match
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