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Max Euwe vs Rudolf Johannes Loman
"Low Man on the Totem Pole" (game of the day Sep-19-2017)
Rotterdam (1923), Rotterdam NED
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  1-0


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  gawain: The combination plays itself!
Oct-18-10  turbo231: I must be in a semi coma, the best I could come up with is a perpetual check!!!
Oct-18-10  sneaky pete: On the second page some kibitzers claim Euwe's strategy was unsound, and could have been refuted by 7... d3 8.Na3 Nc6, but after 9.Qb3 ..

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his position is promising, in spite of the loss of 2 tempi. Pawn d3 will fall, and with Nf3 unpinned there is pressure on e5 (as yet immobile) too. What compensation does black have?

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  NARC: I guess it felt like going backwards down a playground slide for the black bishop on d4.
Oct-18-10  wals: Groan, missing a sitter like that....
talk about weeping tears of blood.......

Black also missed a sitter.
Analysis by Rybka 4 x 64.
depth 16 : 5 min :

(+1.87):15...axb4. gives an open file
but no immediate advantage.
Best, c5, +046, or King safety, Kf8,

Black depth 17 : 4 min :
(+#2):16...Bxd4. Best, Kf8, +1.87,or
Qxd4, +2.73.

Oct-18-10  jackpawn: Found immediately. I love x-rays.
Oct-18-10  kevins55555: 17. Qh8+!! Bxh8 18. Rxh8# mate! It's a sacrifice! 6 points losing in exchange but checkmate!
Oct-18-10  riverunner: boy it's windy in here.
Oct-18-10  turbo231: <gars: I love Mondays! I love only Mondays! I hate all the other days...>

I know what you're talking about. I used to try hard every day. Now I only look at mon, tues, and wed, sometimes thur's puzzles. The other days give me a headache. I'm thinking about only doing monday and tuesday's puzzles because the more puzzles I do the worse I get.

Oct-18-10  TheaN: ?!

For some odd reason I saw a pawn at h2 for 5 minutes I was looking at this game, before giving up seeing Qh8 leads to nothing then. Guess it's late, now almost 2AM here. Ofc, OTB Qh8 is an instant spot and was my first candidate here.

Oct-18-10  redorc19: Isn't this an X-RAY tactic????
Oct-18-10  EXIDE: 16. ..,Bxd4 was a mistake. Did black really think white had made an error on the knight capture of pawn the previous move? OK for Monday.
Oct-18-10  lionel15: I thought it was rather neat. But then I like chess I can understand
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  FSR: Death of a Salesman (someone else submitted this pun before I did, alas).
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  Domdaniel: Miller's Crossing.

Renaud and Kahn classify this as Mate No. 9B.

I'm not convinced that classifying mates like this is a useful exercise - on one hand, the naming of basic types can help players to remember patterns and see opportunities, but on the other hand, there will always be exceptions. And an over-formal concept of mating patterns may lead to chances being overlooked.

Still. 16.Nxd4 is a pretty blow.

Sep-19-17  Arconax: <offramp: Time-waster on Friendly Shaft, THAT would be funny.>

What about "Death of a Low Man"? That would point to Black's surname who after all lost the game, hence "death to..", but more importantly, it would also point to Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" where the protagonist is a man named Loman (Willy Loman). Now, THAT would be both intelligent AND funny.

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  offramp: <Arconax>, I am sorry, but I deleted my comment for being politically incorrect.
Sep-19-17  Arconax: Even your avatar looks politically incorrect to me, <offramp>.
Sep-19-17  ferrabraz: If 16... Ra2 17. Qh7 Kf8 18. Qg7! Kg7 19. Ne6 and Rh8#
Sep-19-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: The Reti Opening prior to 1924? Interesting!
Sep-19-17  Retireborn: <Cheapo> There's even an example with 3.b4 played in 1909 (by an FG Richter) in my database.

Perhaps the first Reti with a double fianchetto is this game:-

Reti vs G Fontein, 1923

Sep-19-17  waustad: Some day a pun with "noodles" will come up with black as the victim.
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  kevin86: Quaint mate in the corner!
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  kevin86: Yo Loman: NO SALE!
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  kevin86: Pun: Death of a salesman!
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