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Isaac Kashdan vs Max Euwe
Hastings (1931/32), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Jan-02
Alekhine Defense: Exchange Variation (B03)  ·  1-0
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Apr-02-07  nsppp: Very easy.It took me microseconds to see it.But it's a nice game.I think 26...Qg7 is losing the game immediately.
Apr-02-07  RookFile: It's hard to figure out what exactly Euwe was thinking. 29. Bxd7+ Kb8 30. Qe8+ wins too.
Apr-02-07  Fisheremon: <MostlyAverageJoe: <Fisheremon: Unbelievable that Max Euwe played 26...Qg7?? and 28...Rg8?>

You surely mean 28...Rg7, right? Rg8 still loses the bishop.> I meant 28...Rg8? admitting a mate in 2.

Apr-02-07
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  fm avari viraf: Was it necessary for Euwe to give away his Bishop on e7? May be he thought he would trick Kashdan & fell into his own trap.
Apr-02-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <Fisheremon> Oh, yuck. I shouldn't have started posting before my morning coffee hit the brain. I completely misunderstood your posting and was replying to what my misfiring synapses perceived as:

<Unbelievable that Max Euwe played 26...Qg7 <instead of> Rg8>

which is not at all what you wrote...

Sorry about the confusion. I got conditioned to your posts where you point out a blunder and follow it by a suggestion of a better move.

Apr-02-07  cloybloy: The problem is quite simpler this time.
Apr-02-07  cjhasbrouck: I think this is the second- or third-easiest possible attacking idea for a mating puzzle

Really really easy

I think Chessgames.com just wanted to see how many people would play the totally unnecessary Bxd7 first :)

Apr-02-07  andrew zxc: yeah i did Bxd7+ first
Apr-02-07  zb2cr: <kevin86>,

You wrote: "I see a reference to Euwe being drunk. I don't recall drunkenness being a trait of Euwe...".

You're correct. Dr. Machgeiles (Max) Euwe was not known for being a drunkard--as opposed to his opponent in 1935, Alexander Alekhine. Perhaps the poster was remembering Alekhine and transposing names.

Incidentally, I've seen the claim made in print that Alekhine stopped drinking before the 1937 match, and that for some reason Euwe did not adequately prepare for the rematch, thus losing badly.

Apr-02-07  MasterSavely: i saw it and knew it right away.. then i was like.. wait... this ain't right...too easy..oh well, lets see wat it really is... (looks)
omg.. i got it and it was so easy...(looks dumbstruck) (starts laughing)
Apr-02-07  nateinstein: Spent 5 minutes looking to see how black could win the position until I realized it was white to move. I was thinking.. damn this is hard for a Monday, only to realize it was the easiest Monday puzzle I've seen.
Apr-02-07  wals: Well goodness me, I got that one without strain. 21...Bh4 would have kept Black in there punching in my opinion.
Apr-02-07  newton296: found faster than last monday. the usual monday q sak. What the, Did max actually play rxq . Talk about grinding down to the bone! I bet kashdon was thinking " hmmm , Maybe I missed something , nope It's mate alright" lol!!
Apr-02-07  schnarre: This was an easy one, to say the least!
Apr-02-07  aazqua: Just silly. Black is embarrassingly bad.
Apr-02-07  Luckyicekiller: 28...b6 holds on I think...black is definitely not losing til he makes the oversight
Apr-02-07  MrPatzer: <zb2cr: <kevin86>,

You wrote: "I see a reference to Euwe being drunk. I don't recall drunkenness being a trait of Euwe...".

You're correct. Dr. Machgeiles (Max) Euwe was not known for being a drunkard--as opposed to his opponent in 1935, Alexander Alekhine. Perhaps the poster was remembering Alekhine and transposing names.>

No, I was making a joke based on the fact that Euwe played Alekhine's Defense. See, everyone knows Alekhine drank too much, so when you play Alekhine's Defense, it's only appropriate that you--oh, just forget I said anything.

Apr-02-07  willyfly: this one was so easy... at first I thought I must have missed something... it's a case of the vulnerable back rank
Apr-03-07  Fisheremon: <MostlyAverageJoe: <Fisheremon> Oh, yuck. I shouldn't have started posting before my morning coffee hit the brain. I completely misunderstood your posting and was replying to what my misfiring synapses perceived as:

<Unbelievable that Max Euwe played 26...Qg7 <instead of> Rg8>

which is not at all what you wrote...

Sorry about the confusion. I got conditioned to your posts where you point out a blunder and follow it by a suggestion of a better move.> Alright, I just doubt that was a game by famous Max Euwe. It might happen in the database of <chessgames.com> sometimes. Cheers!

Apr-03-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <Fisheremon: Alright, I just doubt that was a game by famous Max Euwe>

I found the same game at http://db.mychess.com/, with a slightly different PGN header, so it seems that at least 2 sources have it as played by Max Euwe.

Apr-03-07  Fisheremon: <MostlyAverageJoe: <Fisheremon: Alright, I just doubt that was a game by famous Max Euwe>

I found the same game at http://db.mychess.com/, with a slightly different PGN header, so it seems that at least 2 sources have it as played by Max Euwe.> Yes, I found the game in his collection too. There must be some explanation for such a loss. About <chessgames.com> database I recently realized that in match Karpov-Kasparov 84/85 in the range after 38 game quite confusing numeration and games. Hope <chessgames.com> will correct soon.

Feb-25-09  ForeverYoung: Kashdan provides some excellent notes to this game in Jan. 33 chess review. He points out that 16 Qe4+ is a mistake letting black off the hook. the right line for white was 16 Nf3 Qh5 17 Bf4 and if 17 ... 0-0-0 18 Nh2 f5 19 Bd3 winning a pawn. Instead of 22 ... Nxh2? he recommended 22 ... Rdf8 keeping the pressure on white. After 26 Qe4 he considers that white has a winning position giving 26 ... Rg7 27 Bf4 fxg2 28 Bh6 Rg6 29 Qxe7 Qxe7 30 Rxe7 Rxh6 31 Kxg2 and the knight is lost due to the pin after white plays Rae1.
Aug-20-11
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  wwall: After 26.Qe4 Rg7 27.Bf4 (27.g3 looks better), instead of 27...fxg2 as Kashdan says, Black can play 27...Rf8!, threatening the bishop. After 28.Bg3 (28.g3 Qxf4! 29.Qxf4 Rxf4 30.Rxe7 Rxe7 31.gxf4 Kd8 should favor Black; 28.Be3 Rxg2+! 29.Bxg2 Qg8 wins for Black) 28...fxg2 (threatening 29...Qxf2+) 29.Qe6 Bf6 and Black is equal or may be winning.
Mar-24-12
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  Calli: Euwe resigned after 28...Rg8?
Jan-10-19
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  Messiah: Why 11...♕h4? What is this ♕ doing there? I really don't know what Euwe was thinking during the game, the more natural 11...g6, or the tiny bit more strange 11...♗e7?! are certainly better, at least they don't violate too much opening best practices.

The immediate 13.c5 is wild, but white is not developed enough to acknowledge this move as timely. It is interesting that ♙c5 options will be considered pretty rarely later in the game.

Maybe 13...♗g7, I really don't know. I am sure Euwe already understood here that black is worse, and this is why 13...♖g8 was chosen: he tried to establish complications, in hopes that he could outcalculate Kashdan. 13...♘bd7 is also possible. After 13...0-0-0? 14.♕f5+ leads to an almost winning position for white.

14.♘c3 is also not bad.

The digital beast thinks 14...♘bd7 worth a try: 15.♕b3 ideas lead nowhere, as black is quicker on the kingside, so maybe 15.♕f5 is the best attempt to maintain white's edge, with an incoming ♘e4. I am very curious what an IM or a GM thinks about this position, for me it is pretty unclear how to play properly with black in the long term. The machine also proposes 14...O-O-O 15.♘f3 ♘xf3+ 16.♗xf3 ♔b8 17.♗g4-style of lines. I am not leaving it here, crunching the position for hours or days as I would not understand it's decisions, moreover, I am also unable to calculate it on my own. The eventually played 14...g4 is not a blunder, either.

15.♕e4 leads to chaos. It is possible that objectively it is somewhat better, I am far from being certain.

15...0-0-0, 15...♘bd7 or 15...♗e7 are also considerable, but it requires a very deep analysis which one is black's best attempt to equalize - or better, to go for the ♔!

16.♘f3! is the best. For 16...♕h5 17.g3! will come, with an eventual ♖h1. 16...♕f6 17.♕xh7 ♕g7 18.♕e4+! is also better for white.

18.♗d3 is very interesting. After 18...♘f6 19.♕e2 ♖xg2+?? does not work: 20.♔xg2 ♕g4+ 21.♔h1 ♕h5+ 22.♘h2 +-. 18...♘d7 19.♕xh7 ♖h8 20.♕xh5 ♖xh5 offers active play for white.

19...♗f6 is considerable, black must seek for increased activity.

The silicon monster says 20.g3 ♗g5 21.♕xf5+ ♔b8 22.♘h4 is the best option, with advantage for white. It is not that easy to see why suddenly black's ♗g5 is playable, probably the f5-c8 diagonal is much more important than I think.

21.♘d4 was the best, ♗h4 22.g3 ♗f6 23.♗xg4 ♖xg4 24.♘xf5 defends everything. Soon ♙c5 comes.

21...♗h4 is visually so good that it must be the best move in this position. Black is better.

22.♘f3 was either far or just minimally better. It moves the ♘ towards the centre (and, possibly, towards the queenside to support a pawn steamroller), from d4 it will be able to pressurize the ♙f4, and also discourages 22...♗h4.

Without too much explanation, the engine - after more than 16 hours of analysis - goes for 22...♗h4 23.♘xg4 ♖xg4 24.g3 ♖xf4 25.gxf4 ♖g8+ 26.♔f1 ♕g6 27.♔e2 ♕g4+ 28.♔e3. Black's future is brighter, although the position is far from being won.

23...♗f6 24.♗xf5 ♕g7 is a really cool way to continue the game. It requires some coffeehouse mood, as white's ♙c5 comes, with a possible exchange sacrifice on a1. 23...f4, Euwe's choice, wasn't bad either.

An idea is 24...♕g7. For this, 25.♕e4 is not proper, as 25...♗g5 might hold, certainly 26.b4 leads to an interesting race. 25.♗h3 is the best instead, and white is still better, but here black can escape the ♔ to b8. For this 25...♔b8, the natural 26.♗xf4 ♗f6 27.♖ab1 ♖df8 is a possible continuation. I think 24...♖df8 25.♗e6 ♕g6 26.♕e4 ♖g7 27.♗h3 ♗g5 and 24...f3 25.♗g3 (25.♗h3? ♕h5! ∓) are playable.

25.♗e6 was more precise, as 25...♕g7 runs into 26.♕e4, and black's attack goes nowhere.

25...♖h5 was a possible way to continue the attack, although 26.♕e4 ♗g5 27.♗e6 ♕f8 28.♕d4! (and ♙f4 is undefendable) favours white, but black is at least not dead lost. 25...♖g7 is sad, but probably the most precise, heading for a long and difficult defensive work. The point is that g5 should be freed up for the ♗, as we have seen it in previous lines.

26...♖g7 was necessary, however, after 27.♖e3 ♖f8 28.♖ae1 white is obviously better. I've got zero idea what Euwe thought here, possibly he was in a serious time trouble. The rest is a total collapse.

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