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Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935), Various Locations NED, rd 7, Oct-17
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  1-0
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Mar-04-03  drunknight II: A winawer to end all winawers. Im not sure this is listed on the winawer page. This may not have been the most perfectly played game but the complexities that arise between moves 15 and 22 make this a second guessers delight. That and Alekhines creative 7th move that creates all sorts of havoc.

Firstly why not 12...f5? it seems that black should move some pawn in response to whites bayonet attack.

15...gxf6 doesnt look right, isnt 15...g6 better?

If that move was a mistake then does white have a stronger line? what about 16 Be4 f5 16 Qh6 f6 17 Rg1 Rf7 (17 ...Qd7 18 Rg7) 18 Bf3 looking at a skewer?

20....Qd3 gets praise from Tartakover but Im not sure this is best. It doesnt necessarily lead to an attack on the K.

what if he does 20...Rd8 21 Qxd8 R(a)xd8 followed by 22...f3?

If ...Qd3 is a mistake then does white have a better line. What about 21 Bxc6 Bh6 22 Qh5?

Finally Euwe appears to have equalized the game then he falls apart after move 26. Look at whites 26th move, he creates a passed pawn for black is there any way that black can save the game at this pt?

Take your time, this game will keep you amused for hours.

Nov-17-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Great stuff - a dominating endgame by AA.
Nov-21-06  aragorn69: And now Alekhine was leading 4-1 (after 7 games, only 2 draws)... and yet he would lose the match. Some comeback!
Nov-21-06  RookFile: An interesting fact. Somebody was saying just the other day that because Euwe was down by 2 with 10 games go play in the rematch, he was toast. I'll have to point this out to him.

Of course, Euwe kept it simple and proceeded to lose 4 games at that point.

Jun-13-07  beatgiant: Is White's "bayonet" with 8. g4 accepted by opening theory?

How about <7...e5!> Then if 8. d5 Nd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd5, etc. and it looks like White is falling apart.

Jun-13-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <Beat> You are right. Alekhine counted on Euwe not finding the correct answer to questionable openings. Alekhine played 7.Be3 in game 5. This is game 7. Alekhine gave 7...e5 8.d5 Nd4 9.N2c3 but Euwe has 9...Bxg4! 10.Qxg4 Nxc2+ and Black should come out on top.
Jun-13-07  nescio: <beatgiant> There is also (7.g4) Nf6 (Alyekhin) 8.Nxf6 Bxf6 9.Be3 h5! 10.gxh5 Qd5 with a positional advantage to Black (Gligoric). So 7.g4 doesn't seem to be adequate.
Mar-15-08  Knight13: 14...gxf6 16. gxf6 Bxf6 17. Be7 and Black can get on the train that leads to Defeatsville.
Dec-11-08  computer chess guy: Rybka 3 gives the line 17. .. ♖g8 18. ♗e4 ♖g7 19. O-O-O ♘h5 20. ♗h6 ♖g6 21. ♗xg6 fxg6 22. ♖hg1 =. Not sure I like giving up Rook for Knight and Pawn, but it does free up Black and stave off the attack.
Jan-12-11  Ulhumbrus: Kasparov in his book says that after 7 g4 Lasker, who was in the sudience, muttered that Alekhine had gone too far and according to Lasker 7...e5! gives Black good counterplay.
Jan-12-11  Ulhumbrus: Kasparov in his book on his predecessors says that after 7 g4 Lasker, who was in the audience, muttered that Alekhine had gone too far and that according to Lasker 7...e5! gives Black good counterplay.
Feb-01-11
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  Marmot PFL: 10...looks dubious here, when 10...Qd7 and 0-0-0 would have castled out of the attack.
Sep-01-12  csmath: Great Alekhine played both sides of French and in Winnaver he was particularly strong as white. The monstruous killing he did with 4. Nge2 or even 4. Nf3 has been rather traumatic for his opponents. As if there is nothing he cannot play.

His games are the most instructive French killers because they are full of motives and ideas how to attack this defence, this was an open book for him.

Sep-11-12
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  sbevan: <csmath: Great Alekhine played both sides of French and in Winnaver he was particularly strong as white. The monstruous killing he did with 4. Nge2 or even 4. Nf3 has been rather traumatic for his opponents. As if there is nothing he cannot play. His games are the most instructive French killers because they are full of motives and ideas how to attack this defence, this was an open book for him.>

Thank you for this comment, I shall look at as many of his games as I can in the French.

Also thank you for your very instructive comments on the Kramnik-Bareev game which I read today. I appreciate good insights.
<Dec-24-05 csmath: First of all this is a theoretically important game. The whole line here in this exchange Slav is known to be drawish. Kramnik perhaps has a different opinion. Black position with pawn on a6 is vulnerable, Kramnik managed to lodge knight on c5 and is ready to play on these vulnerable black pawns......>

May-02-15
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  offramp: Euwe does very well to withstand yet another strong Alekhine attack. He makes it to an ending but he is two pawns down. Euwe avoid a rook ending because that would be hopelessly lost. Just as he seems to be about to finally get some counterplay, with an active king and a rook+knight to attack with, the game is adjourned. There was no point continuing after Alekhine had had a couple of hours to look at the position, so he resigned.
Nov-29-17  Howard: If I'm not mistaken, wasn't Alekhine leading by FOUR points at one point (no pun intended)?
Nov-29-17
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  perfidious: Alekhine was up 4-1 after seven games and 5-2 after nine, but never by four points.
Nov-29-17
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  whiteshark: <Howard> iicc it's

+3 after 9 games, level after 14.

+2 after 19 games, level after 21.

-2 after 26 games... and the rest is history

Nov-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Once again the <perfidious> outpaced me. ;)

<Howard> +4 in the 1937 rematch after 22 games, +6 in the end.

Nov-30-17  Howard: Oops! My mistake! Thanks for the correction.
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