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Milan Vidmar vs Max Euwe
"It's Not Euwe 'til It's Over" (game of the day Jun-19-2009)
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 16, Aug-19
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense. Euwe Variation (A48)  ·  1-0


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  Once: I think some of CG's ground rules have slipped a little over the years. It's not unknown to have multiple good solutions. We had one of those just the other day.

And CG will sometimes give us positions where the best move isn't the one that was played - for instance when the player missed the best continuation.

So I think that (b) and (c) from the list that <phony> quotes are "usually" rather than "always".

Perhaps it would be a good time for to update this and put it in their FAQ?

Jan-20-12  JG27Pyth: Felt good when I finally saw the Queen sac to put the ribbon and the bow on the finish. Lovely combination -- new to me but it seems like it ought to be a classic.
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  Phony Benoni: <FSR> Interesting that this game would appear in Foldeak's book on the Olympiads, since it wasn't played in one. It's certainly beenpublished enough other places, though. My introduction was Coles' <Epic Battles of the Chessboard>.
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> D'oh! You're right, I saw it someplace before, but not there.
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  doubledrooks: I went with 34. Re8+ Bf8 35. Rxf8+ Kxf8 36. Nf5+ Kg8 37. Qf8+ Kxf8 38. Rd8#
Jan-20-12  poachedeggs: It is not "difficult" because continued check is the only option... Then it boils down to seeing that a Q+ on 38 is the only viable move rather than a R+ on 38...

The only other thought is where the N needed to go on 36...but the discovered + to f5 seems natural & looks very dangerous...and eliminating the flight square that probably lit the light bulb of the Q sac.

Jan-20-12  zakkzheng: I was really amazed when
I saw the move Qf8+,I am prety sure I saw this example before,oh pooy me.
Jan-20-12  sfm: Ah, this one, always loved it. What fireworks!
Jan-20-12  sfm: If Euwe played 31.Nxd6!! but didn't consider what follows, until 33.-,Qf4, he is one sloppy fellow. Then on the other hand, if he saw all the way through to 37.Qf8+, he is one amazing genius. I believe in the latter.
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  Once: Ah, um, Euwe was playing black. He lost. So I ... er ... guess he didn't see all the way through to 37. Qf8
Jan-20-12  The Rocket: got it! very nice! but not difficult level to me
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  Gilmoy: I am tickled to rediscover this game again; I remember the combo, but long since forgot the players.

The one charming tidbit of analysis I recall (IIRC, by one of the US authors: IC, FR or so) was <how early> Vidmar had already decided on "repeated sacs on f8": some mind-numbingly remote position like <24..Rac8>. It's not even possible yet; but he's already spotted it as a fantasy line. The rest of the midgame amounts to a rilly deep "swindle" (although White wasn't necessarily already-lost when he invited it).

Jan-20-12  Shams: Why is the Torre Attack rarely played anymore?
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  morfishine: <WiseWizard> Thanks for the reply! You commented <On your first diagram you wrote 40...Qe4 saves black, but white has the deflection 41. Rf6+> I almost fell into that myself but <40...Qe4+> is check to the white king forcing the trade of Queens. Good looking though! :)
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  paulalbert: I didn't think this was as hard as usual for Friday. Preventing mate on h2 requires a series of continuous checks. The key is putting the N on the right square f5 for the discovered check and then forcing the black K to f8 so the Rd8ch is mate. Of course as always in these puzzles, as opposed to playing a game yourself, it helps to know you have something decisive to discover.
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  Honza Cervenka: Euwe went astray with 27...Qd4+?! (27...Rd4 wins at least a Pawn with advantage) and 28...Qxd5? (For example, 28...Rc1! 29.Rxc1 Rxc1 30.Rxc1 Qxd2 31.Rg1 Bxd5 and black is not worse). He apparently missed the winning counter-attack and lovely final combination of white then. Despite of brilliant finish it was quite lucky win for Vidmar.
Jan-20-12  tivrfoa: Queen moves at 16, then stays there until 37!! very cool. =)
Jan-20-12  WiseWizard: <morfishine> Touche. I like how your logic led you to the right move, the game is simpler when you have correct logic.
Jan-20-12  ku0826: Four pieces attacks Black King in order, Rook,Queen and another Rook. Its the just mating line.
Jan-20-12  bachbeet: Got it.
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  Pawn and Two: In the tournament book, "IV Internationales Schachmeister-Turnier Karlsbad 1929", Brinckmann indicated 26...a5 was incorrect, and stated that Euwe had recommended 26...g4, or 26...R4c5 as stronger moves.

Fritz clearly indicates that 26...a5! was Black's best choice: (-1.53) (27 ply) 27.Qe3 R4c5 28.b3 Rxd5 29.Bd3 Rdc5 29.Bd3 Rdc5 30.Qf2 Qd8, or (-1.55) (27 ply) 27.b3 R4c5 28.Qa4 Bxd5 29.Qg4 Bb7 30.Bd3 d5, with each variation giving Black a strong position and material advantage.

The move 26...g4, would provide only an equal position: (.00) (26 ply) 27.hxg4 Qxb2, (or 27...a5 28.Be4 Rb4=), 28.Qxa7 R4c7 29.Qa4 Bc3 30.Re8+ Kg7 31.Rxc8 Rxc8.

Brinckmann and Euwe's other recommendation, 26...R4c5, does give Black some advantage: (-.42) (26 ply) 27.b4 R5c7 28.b5 Ra8 29.Be4 a6 30.Qe3 Rc5 31.Nh2 Qd8, or (-.49) (26 ply) 27.Qxa7 Bxd5 28.Qxb6 Qxb2 29.Qxb2 Bxb2 30.Be4 Bxe4 31.Rxe4 Ba3.

Brinckmann overlooked Euwe's error at move 27, and indicated that if 27...Rd4, then naturally 28.Ne4 could follow.

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Instead of 27...Qd4+?, Euwe should have played 27...Rd4!, obtaining a material advantage, with winning chances: (1.66) (26 ply) 28.Qe3 Bxd5 29.b3 Bb7, (-1.70) (26 ply), 30.Bd3 Qe5 31.Qxe5, (-1.77) (27 ply) 31...Bxe5 32.Nxc4 Bg3.

Brinckmann's recommendation 28.Ne4, is Fritz's 2nd choice. This move provides Black with strong winning chances: (-1.80) (26 ply) 28.Ne4 Qe5 29.Qf3 Bxd5 30.b3, (-2.17) (27 ply) 30...Kf8 31.Rxd4 Qxd4+ 32.Qf2 Re8 33.Qxd4 Bxd4+ 34.Kf1 Bc6 35.Bd3 d5, or (-2.00) (27 ply) 30...Rxd1 31.Rxd1 Bb7 32.f6 Bxe4 33.Bxe4 Bxf6.

At move 28, Euwe still had some advantage, but a draw seems the likely result after: 28...Rc1! 29.Rxc1 Rxc1 30.Rxc1 Qxd2, (-.61) (28 ply) 31.Rg1 Bxd5 32.Qd3 Qxd3 33.Bxd3 Bxb2.

After 28...Qxd5?, I believe Black has a lost ending, but he could still have offered stiff resistance with 30...Qc6! 31.Qxd6, (2.24) (27 ply) 31...Re8 32.Qxc6 Bxc6 33.Nc3 Rxe1+ 34.Rxe1 Kf8.

Brinckmann noted that both players were in time trouble, as they approached the first time control of 2 hours in 30 moves. Euwe's 30...Qxf5 shortened his resistance, but with the time control reached, Vidmar had time to construct the beautiful ending that we still enjoy to this day.

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  Pawn and Two: In my last posting, the paragraph just below the diagram should show Fritz's evaluation as: <(-1.66)> (26 ply) 28.Qe3 Bxd5 29.b3 Bb7, not <(1.66)>.
Apr-23-13  SeanAzarin: Saw this in Horowitz & Reinfeld's book "Chess Traps, Pitfalls & Swindles." According to H&R, 28... R(5)-B2 was the move to maintain Black's winning position, instead of the unnecessary Exchange sacrifice Euwe actually played.
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  TheFocus: This game shared the second and third brilliancy prizes with Maroczy - Canal - <American Chess Bulletin>, September-October 1929, pg. 151.
Jun-22-17  Eduardo Bermudez: I like it, I like it like that
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