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Max Euwe vs Samuel Reshevsky
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 6, Nov-14
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Goglidze Attack (D70)  ·  0-1


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  InspiredByMorphy: Euwes king is in barren and lethal lands in the endgame. Reshevsky attacks more than Euwe in this game.
Apr-12-05  RookFile: Big league win for Reshevsky. Euwe
was quite strong in the 1930's.
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  TheAlchemist: I don't mean to sound offensive, but quite strong??? He was world champion from 1935-37!
Apr-12-05  Shams: this game is a flat-out clinic on attacking the overstretched center. Bronstein famously derided Reshevsky for wimping out with the black pieces...not so on this particular day.
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  offramp: Major gaffes by world champions.

In The Development of Chess Style by Drs Euwe and Nunn, at move 39 Dr Euwe comments,

"39 ♖fd1 would have been a little better. Then 39...♖xd1+ 40 ♕xd1."

Dr Nunn has added a bald footnote:
"39 ♖fd1 allows mate in two by 39...♕e1+."

A major gaffe while sitting at home, annotating one of his own games. What are the chances of that happening?

Aug-31-09  jerseybob: And this seems to be the first time Reshevsky finally beat Euwe, stetching back nearly two decades to around 1919-20 when Euwe beat Reshevsky on one of the latter's boyhood tours.
Aug-31-09  AnalyzeThis: <TheAlchemist: I don't mean to sound offensive, but quite strong??? He was world champion from 1935-37! >

Which would have meant that Euwe was the second strongest player in the world, behind Capablanca. Capa had already beaten Euwe in a match, and would have been happy to do so again if given the chance. Capa wouldn't have made the same mistake that he made against Alekine in not preparing for the match or taking it seriously.

Aug-31-09  Aspirador: <Dr Nunn has added a bald footnote: "39 Rfd1 allows mate in two by 39...Qe1+."> Not fair to say that, Nunn still has a lot of hair. :)
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  plang: Played in round 6 - Reshevsky had started 1-4 with three consecutive losses in rounds 2-4. He went undefeated after that to finish 7-7 in a tie for 4th with Euwe and Alekhine. The Gruenfeld was still relatively new then; 3 f3 was a sideline that Alekhine used on a number of occasions. 8 f4 was criticized by Kasparov for giving away a tempo; 8 Qd2 is played more often as in the 9th game of the 1998 Kramnik-Shirov match. 10 a4 would have been a good alternative which may give White a better chance of achieving an advantage as the response 10..a5 would have greatly weakened the knight on b6. 11 dxc would have led to equality ; 11 Qb3? led to problems for White. 18 g3..Nc5 would have been positionally weak for White so he gave up the f-pawn. Reshevsky on 23..b5!: "Taking advantage of the momentary disorganization of White's forces, Black breaks up the hostile Pawn formation". 34..Rbxb5? would have allowed 35 Bxe6!. Kasparov pointed out that 35..Qe5! 36 Qf2..Rb1! would have won more quickly. He also pointed out that 42 Qa1..Qxa1 (not 42..Qxa5? 43 Qf6..Rb8 44 Ra1 which gives White good drawing chances) leads to an easily won ending.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <offramp:> I actually suspect that Euwe saw the mate at the board which it why he played 39.Rdd1. But at home, analysing this painful loss, he may have been looking for alternative ways of playing and forgotten why he didn't choose them in the game.
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  OrangeTulip: Interesting to see how some commentators try to belittle Euwe, who had a fulltime job as teacher. In contrast to other chess heros. Maybe this is still a reminiscent from the 200 years rivalry on the seas between England and Holland,. Add the fact there has never been an english WC an we can understand why especially our east neighbours like to make picky remarks on Timman and Euwe
Jul-29-18  Granny O Doul: Not I. That'd get me in dutch with my Dutch wife, whom I proposed to (aided by a bit of Dutch courage) after our Dutch treat date.
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