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Max Euwe vs Mir Sultan Khan
Hastings (1932), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Jan-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D53)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jun-18-03  Vacuum: I have failed to understand why Euwe accepted a draw just like in the other game against Mir Sultan Khan. Euwe vs Sultan Khan, 1932

Here if 49...Kf4 or Kg5 50.h3 and white will win eventually, unless he was losing on time.

Jun-18-03
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  chessgames.com: Believe it or not, this is a textbook draw. The black king heads straight for h8, and Euwe's bishop is of the wrong color to force him out. Try playing it out and you'll see what I mean.
Jun-18-03  caseyclyde: This game supports the principle "when you're winning, trade pieces. When you're losing, trade pawns."
Jun-18-03
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  Honza Cervenka: 40.Kb5 seems to be a mistake. 40.a4 with idea 41.b4 axb4 42.a5 looks quite promising.
Jan-16-05  aw1988: It's true; this is a classic textbook draw due to bishop being the wrong color as the h8 square.
Jan-16-05
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: But Khan must have figured this out without the aid if a textbook, since he couldn't read. Simply amazing.
Jan-16-05  aw1988: It's not hard to figure out. I learned the same such rule without looking at a textbook.
Jan-16-05
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Well, it amazed me. :p
Apr-26-05  Marvol: As <chessgames.com> put it before: <Try playing it out and you'll see what I mean.>

You only need a few minutes behind the board trying to win this and you'll understand it's a draw. No need for textbooks here.

Oct-30-05  beatgiant: On move 37, White looks winning, but after 43...Nxa4! the draw is clear. Even after 43. Kb4 Nd3+, it doesn't look like a win because Black's knight is agile enough in 43. Kb4 Nd3+ 44. Kc3 Ne1 45. a4 Nxf3 46. a5 Kc5 47. a6 Kb6 48. Bb7 f4, etc.

So my suggested improvement is <39. a4>, with the idea of creating a passed a-pawn in more favorable conditions via 39. a4 Nxf2 40. b4 axb4 41. a5, where now White's king is in a better position to support White's pawns and attack Black's.

After 39. a4 Nxf2 40. b4 axb4 41. a5 b3 42. Kc3 b2 43. Kxb2 Nd3+ 44. Kc3 Ne5 45. f4! and Black can't trade with 45...Nxc6? 46. dxc6 Kxc6 47. Kd4 Kb5 48. Ke5 Kxa4 49. Kf6 Kb5 50. h4! (avoids the trap 50. Kg7 g5!), and White gets to the kingside first and wins.

Or if the game continues 39. a4 Nxf2 40. b4 axb4 41. a5 b3 42. Kc3 b2 43. Kxb2 Nd3+ 44. Kc3 Nc5 instead, then 45. Kc4 g5 46. Bb5 g4 47. fxg4 fxg4 48. a6, etc. and now since White's king is closer, he preserves the d-pawn after 48...Nxa6 49. Bxa6 and wins.

Oct-30-05  beatgiant: <Honza Cervenka>'s suggested <40. a4> may still be in time to win, too: 40. a4 g5 41. b4 axb4 42. a5 b3 43. Kxb3 Nd3 44. Bb5 Ne5 45. a6 Kc7 46. d6+ Kb6 47. d7 Nf7 48. Kc4, etc.
Dec-31-12  Dragi: wHITE DROPPED GREAT OPPORTUNITY AFTER BLACK PLAYED > 38.Nh3 ...WHITE NEXT MOVE HAD TO BE SIMPLY > 39.a3 ! ...

IF BLACK KNIGHT TAKES PAWN ON f2 , THAN WHITE PLAYS PAWN ON b4 (THIS IS A WHITE NEXT MOVE IN ANY CASE ). BLACK IS NOW FORCED TO TAKE >axb4 ,WHITE TAKES > axb4...AND NOW WHITE HAS CLEAR ADVANTAGE ...BLACK KNIGHT NOW CAN NOT G ET BACK OVER THE LEFT WING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE STUCKED AFTER > Nd1 ,AND IT WOULD BE JUST LOSS IN MOVE , AND WHITE IS MOVING FORWARD WITH TWO PAWNS...

INSTEAD BLACK KNIGHT MUST PLAY > Nh3 AND TRY TO GET BACK OVER HIS RIGHT WING

...WHIT SIMPLY CONTINUES WITH > b5 ...

NOW AFTER WHITE PLAYS 42.b5 ,POSSIBLE LINES FOR BLACK ARE

First : 42.Ng5
43.f4 Nf3+ , 44 .Kc4 Nxh2 ,45.b6 Nf3 , 46.b7 Kc7 ,

AND AFTER WHITES MOVE 47.Kc5 ..IT IS OBVIOUS THAT BLACK GAME IS LOST ,BLACK KNIGHT IS OUT OF PLAY AND WHITE CONTINUATION IS IN ANY CASE 48.d6+(OR JUST 48.d6 IF BLACK KINGS GET BACK),AND WHITE WINS THE GAME WITH TWO PAWNS THREATING PROMOTION ...

Dec-31-12  Dragi: SECOND POSSIBLE LINE :

AFTER BLACK PLAYED 38.Nh3 (AND IT SEEMS TO THAT THIS 38 MOVE IS CRUCIAL BLACK MISTAKE ) WHITE PLAYS AGAIN 39.a3 (wich he did not play )

BLACK NOW (IN THIS LINE) DOES NOT TAKE WHITE PAWN ON F2 ,HE PLAYS 39.Ng5 ...

WHITE AGAIN PLAYS 40.b4(IT IS CRUCIAL FOR HIM NOT TO LOSE TEMPO), BLACK NOW PLAYS 40.NxF3+ ,41.Ke3 Ne5 ,NOW LET S SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF KNIGHT TAKES BISHOP ON MOVE 42...

42 .bxa5 Nxc6 ,43.dxc6 g5 , 44.c7 (threating queen promotion)BLACK MUST PLAY Kxc7 ,45.Kd4 ...BLACK CAN NOT PLAY Kd6 BECAUSE HE MUST STOP TWO FREE PAWNS ON A - LINE ...BLACK CAN PLAY 45.Kc6 OR h6 , BUT AFTER WHITES 46.Ke5 , BLACK IS LOST , HE CAN PLAY...46.f4 ...BUT AFTER 47.h3 WHITE WINS THE GAME ...

Dec-31-12  Dragi: OTHER POSSIBLE LINES :
39.a3 Ng5 ,40.b4 Nxf3+ ,41 .Ke3 ,axb4 ,42.axb4 Ng5 , 43.f3 Nf7 ,44.Kd4 h6 ,45.b5 Ne5 ,46.b6 Nxf3+ ,47.Kc4 Nd2+ ,48.Kg5 Ne4 ,49.b7 Kc7 ,50.d6+ Kb8 WHITE WINS

39.a3 Ng5 ,40.b4 Nxf3+ ,41 .Ke3 ,axb4 ,42.axb4 Ng5 , 43.f3 Nf7 ,44.Kd4 h6 ,45.b5 Ne5 ,46.b6 Nxc6 47.dxc6 Kxc6 WHITE WINS

Of course there is a lot of possible variation on DRAW Game in these position ,wich i will not further analyze , every move opens new possibillities , but who knows , thats why we love chess ....

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