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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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Feb-20-04  capanegra: Very nice combination! (the Anastasia’s mate). Is seems feasible that Vidmar had all calculated when he played 31.♘x♙d6!, otherwise it would have been Euwe who gave the mate.
Feb-20-04  Whitehat1963: What a great sequence of moves! Vidmar calculates perfectly!
Nov-20-04  kostich in time: "The ingenious Dr.Vidmar finds a beautiful way out"-Fine Fine himself was a victim, albeit in aless spectacular way, of the cunning doctor at Warsaw 1935(a game which is not included in this collection.) Fine, however, had his revenge.
They played a series of speed games at Nottingham for stakes, and Fine pocketed a nice sum of cash. After the games were over, Fine asked Dr.Vidmar,"Is that how they play chess in Yugoslavia?"
Dec-10-04  shortsight: It's not difficult to see the combination, as it seems more like forced. i rather take it as a failed sacrificial attack by Euwe, and i wonder if 27 ... Qd4+ followed by 28 ... Qxd5 were the best moves. i thought it caused alot of weaknesses at the co-ordination of pieces in the black camp.
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  kevin86: I answered a Friday puzzle! However,I have two reasons why I did:First,I have seen the game before.

The second reason is spooky: I played a game today that involved a back rank mate-so i looked for it!

Vidmar's win a masterpiece!

Dec-10-04  white pawn: I got it too. Black is one move away from mating, so I knew that white would have to put black in check every move, so it kind of just played out. Great combo, nonetheless.
Dec-10-04  suenteus po 147: My first thought was 34.Re8+, but then I saw 34...Bf8 and gave up on that move. Sometimes, after finding the right move, you still have to look for piece sacs :)
Dec-10-04  actinia: I missed 37.Qf8+ but 37.Rd8+ also seems to win, after 37... Kh7 38.Rh8+ Kg6 39.Rxh6+ Kxf5 40.Qd3+ Qe4 41. Rf6+
Dec-10-04  northbridge: You're right, but 37. Qf8+ looks a lot better :)
I calculated up until the 37-th move but I missed the queen sacrifice and looked at other lines.
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  cu8sfan: How beautiful. Let's see if the sac explorer can find that! Sacrifice Explorer Why not? )-:
Dec-10-04  newold: Another variation : after 34. Re8 Kh7, then white plays 35. Qd3 f5 36. Qc2 Qf3 37. Kg1 Qg3 38. Qg2 and there is no perpetual check
Dec-10-04  DWINS: actinia, in your line 40...Qe4 is check so white has to play 41.Qxe4+ Kxe4 42.Rxb6 when material is even but Black has a better game.
Dec-10-04  2ndNature: I was thinking like actinia - missed 37.Qf8+ completely... but got to 36...Kg8 - just this final touch...
Dec-10-04  drukenknight: what if 30....QxN?
Dec-10-04  cheski: <shortsight> I agree with you: move 28...Qxd5 was suspect or rather, a little previous maybe. If the Black Rook goes to a4 first and chases off the white Queen, then the black Queen can take d5.
Dec-10-04  sourcerer: <drunkenknight>then Rxe4 then what ??. blind or just kidding?
Dec-10-04  greystar69: At very first glance this puzzle looks crazy since white is a whole rook up anyway. But then with the imminent threat of mate from black white's moves are almost forced, certainly the first two or three. It's the nearest I've ever seen to a "self-mate". I feel sure that this position evolved for Vidmar more from luck than planning.
Dec-10-04  euripides: <dk> 30 ...Qxe4 31 Rxe4 Bxe4 is interesting, aiming for two coordinated bishops against the queen. However, if White acts quickly I think he can prevent Black getting a safe and centralised set up for his bishops; e.g. 32 Qxd6 Rc2 33 Qd8+ Kh7 34 Re1 Bc6 (...Bxf5 is a little better, but the bishops are then left pointing away from the action) 35 f6 Rxg2 36 Qd3+ Kg8 37 Re8+ Bf8 (or ...Bxe8 38 Kxg2) 38 Rxf8 + Kxf8 39 Qd8+ winning. If Black plays differently on move 32, White has destroyed the support for centralising the bishops and threatens f6.
Dec-10-04  FearsomePawn: And if 38. ...Kh7 then Qd3+ picks up a second rook.
Dec-10-04  OktHorse: A less elegant but effective variation is 37. Rd8+ Kh7 38. Rh8+ Kg6 (not Kxh8??) 39. Ne7+ Kg7 (not Kf6??) 40. Rg8+ Kh7 41. Qd3+ f5 42. Qxc2

not 39. Rxh6+ because 40. ... Qe4+! forces the exchange of queens, as mentioned earlier.

Dec-10-04  nosh: This is very easy to solve because with black about to mate you know that every move for white has to be check. There are almost no choices as to how to check (except for the end where you choose the queen or rook), so it plays itself.
Dec-10-04  chopbox: I am a little puzzled over White's twelfth move. Why not grab a free pawn (and open up Black's kingside) with Bxg6? Am I missing something or is this just on general principles that you need to develop first? (Anyway, I'd take it.)
Dec-10-04  euripides: <chop> If 12 Bxg6 c4 13 Qxc4 d5 and the bishop is lost. Or 13 Nxc4 d5 14 Ne5 Bxe5 to the same effect. Admittedly White gets three pawns for it initially, but the f pawn may fall as well and Black is left with two useful bishops. Worth considering, though.
Dec-10-04  davidwill: <okthorse> if on your line 39 Ne7 fails to K-h5 and white has no follow up to stave off mate
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  beenthere240: I suspect Fine thought he was winning. What if instead of 34...Qf4, he plays 34....Qf2, which threatens the mate on both g2 and h2, and also protects the rook on c2 -- thereby permitting him to reply Kh7 after 35. Re8+? <OktHorse> if 36 Rh8+ then Bxh8.
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