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Max Euwe vs Hermanis Karlovich Mattison
Haag (1928), The Hague NED, rd 12, Jul-31
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Scandavian Defense Exchange Variation (A09)  ·  1-0
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Jul-22-05  organist: This game is given with incorrect move order and four extra moves (24...Bxe5 25. Rf3 Qe7 26. Qg6+ Qg7 27. Qe8 Resigns) in Walker's, "Chess Openings for Juniors" pp 35-8. Although I despise the author's deceit, at least his (light) analysis is useful.
May-04-10  dcloh2003: Hello Kibitzers, this game has great sentimental value for me, since it was where I first encountered the idea that the possibility of the attack lies in the position of the pawns, i.e., the advanced pawn on e5. Nevertheless, Black should not have resigned this game; 24.Rd3 is, in fact, an imprecision, which fails to 24...Qg4 forcing the exchange of Queens, after which White only has two pawns for the piece. Otherwise, I think Euwe played this game perfectly - including the Knight sacrifice. Can somebody prove me wrong? I would rather be wrong, given my sentimental reasons already mentioned. In any event, simply 24.Bxg7 Bxg7 would have been strong, two minor pieces being equivalent to the exchange, and ahead two pawns - passed and connected, no less! A great game from a great player - Euwe - Najdorf, Zurich 1953, for any unbelievers (I highly recommend brucewallace2's video of the game on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmD8...).
May-05-10
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 25.Qxg4. The Black Queen is completely unprotected. Or is there something wrong with the game score?
May-05-10  JonathanJ: he probably overlooked the pawn on e6?
May-05-10  dcloh2003: Hey "An Englishman". Ah, yes! What an idiot...I didn't read the move list properly. I'm actually going off my edition of "The Middlegame" (co-written by Euwe himself), in which the moves are written down incorrectly! Instead of writing the moves 23.Bxg7 Bxg7 (as are correctly recorded here), the authors simply wrote 23.Rd3 (not 24.Rd3) as White's last move. If that had been the move actually played, 23...Qg4 would have drawn. Of course, 24...Qg4 is "refuted" by 25.Qxg4. Thanks to the both of you - An Englishman and JonathanJ (JonathanJ, that was a very flattering interpretation of my mistake) - I should have known that Euwe would have been a worse scribe than he was a chessplayer. Finally, the end to a lifelong mystery!
May-14-10  JonathanJ: hehe did it rob your sleep?
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