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Max Euwe vs Richard Reti
Bad Pistyan (1922), Piestany CSR, rd 4, Apr-11
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Breyer Variation (C29)  ·  1-0


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Feb-05-04  InspiredByMorphy: Whats wrong with the simple 15.Nf7+ winning the exchange? White would surely win quicker.
Jun-17-04  CAPA2422: I can see that after 15.Nf7+ 15. RxN
16. QxR 16. Q-d7! Threatens to win the queen(R-f8). One other thing is the pawn on d3 is a concern for white. Handling both threats of a trapped queen and passed pawn is a little much to risk for 2 points. My comp did however consider N-f7+ a +.80 move but suggested Nxc6, which is what Euwe did. It is an interesting position with a lot of different ideas. Any other input would be appreciated.
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  Calli: It is interesting. 15.Nf7+ Rxf7 16.Qxf7 dxc2 looks OK for Black because of the Nxd4 threat which if allowed would protect the c2 pawn. (Unfortunately, 16...Qd7 runs into 17.Rxf6! gxf6 18.cxd3 and White has threats 19.Nxd5 and Bh6.) And if 17.Be3 Qd6! with a Rf8 threat. Euwe's 15.Nxc6 therefore deserves a !. He must have seen the position about six moves ahead after 21.Re1 and what a difficult endgame it would be to hold for Reti.
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  tamar: Euwe's 41 b4 prepares to abandon the d pawn for King position 5 moves later with 46 Ka5!

Capablanca was later to get much greater fame for 36 Kh4! with a similar idea Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924

May-23-05  paladin at large: <tamar> Good point. Actually it was Capablanca's 35. Kg3 followed by of course 36. Kh4 in the game you cite, I believe, which sacrificed two pawns from an even material position. In the game above, Euwe is sacrificing one pawn from his already having a one pawn advantage. It was brilliant of Euwe, especially at his age, but the move by Capablanca was more dramatic, given the expectations of the onlookers and the degree of the material sacrifice.
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  tamar: <but the move by Capablanca was more dramatic, given the expectations of the onlookers and the degree of the material sacrifice>

Yes I agree <paladin at large> Euwe hides this brilliancy well by maximizing his advantage betweens moves 26 and 40 before embarking on the King march.

I especially like the circling of the c pawn by the King at the end. Ka5-b6-xc6- xd5 then pawn to c6 and Kc5 preparing Kb6

May-23-05  paladin at large: <tamar> Yes, it is a pretty finish. Against a very strong endgame player in Reti, too.
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  whiteshark: Euwe: "Sterker was 25 Re6 Rxb2 26 Rxc6 Rxa2 27 Rd6 en wit krijgt twee verbonden vrijpionnen."

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