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Paul Keres vs Max Euwe
Euwe - Keres (1939/40), Amsterdam NED, rd 8, Jan-03
Slav Defense: Slav Gambit. Alekhine Attack (D10)  ·  1-0


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Dec-27-06  GlennOliver: Although this game is listed as a White win, I'm unable to find any continuation which does not lead to a Black win, e.g.

35. Rh7 fxg4 36. Rg6 Rxf2+ 37. Kxf2 Nd5 38. Rd7 Rf3+ 39. Ke1 Nf4 40. Rb6 Kh3 41. Rxb4 Nd3+ 42. Rxd3 Rxd3 43. Rb5 h4 44. Ke2 Ra3 45. Rb4 Ra2+ 46. Ke3 Rxh2 47. Kf4 Rc2 48. Rb1 g3 49. Rh1+ Kg2 50. Ra1 h3 51. Ra3 Rc4+ 52. Ke3 h2 53. Ra2+ Kh3 54. Kd3 h1=Q 55. Re2 Qd5+ 56. Ke3 Re4+ 57. Kf3 Qf5#


35. Rh7 fxg4 36. Rg6 Rxf2+ 37. Kxf2 Nd5 38. Rd6 Rf3+ 39. Ke1 Nf4 40. Kd1 b3 41. Rb7 Kh3 42. Rdb6 Kxh2 43. Kd2 g3 44. Rxb3 Rxb3 45. Rxb3 g2 46. Rb1 g1=Q 47. Rxg1 Kxg1 48. Ke3 h4 49. Kxf4 h3 50. Ke4 h2 51. Ke5 Kf2 52. Kd5 Ke3 53. Ke6 h1=Q 54. Kd6 Kd4 55. Kd7 Ke5 56. Kc7 Qd5 57. Kc8 Kd6 58. Kb8 Qf7 59. Ka8 Kc7 60. Ka7 Qa2#


35. Rh7 fxg4 36. Rg6 Rxf2+ 37. Kxf2 Nd5 38. Rd6 Rf3+ 39. Ke1 Nf4 40. Kd1 b3 41. Rb7 Kh3 42. Kc1 Kxh2 43. Rd2+ Kg3 44. Rb6 h4 45. Rb8 h3 46. Rh8 Nd3+ 47. Kd1 Nf2+ 48. Ke2 h2 49. Rb2 h1=Q 50. Rxh1 Nxh1 51. Rb1 Kh2 52. Rd1 b2 53. Re1 Ng3+ 54. Kd2 Rf1 55. Rb1 Ne4+ 56. Kc2 Rxb1 57. Kxb1 Kg3 58. Kc2 Kf3 59. Kxb2 Ke3 60. Kc2 g3 61. Kb3 Kd4 62. Ka4 Nc3+ 63. Kb4 g2 64. Ka5 Kc5 65. Ka6 g1=Q 66. Kb7 Qg7+ 67. Kc8 Kc6 68. Kd8 Qd7#

etc., etc.

Anyone have an idea how White was supposed to force a win from that position ?

Premium Chessgames Member The last move was probably Rh6 (not Rh7) as given in the alternate game score.
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  Benzol: 35.♖h6 is the move given in Paul Keres Photographs And Games. If 35...fxg4 36.♖xg4#
Dec-28-06  waddayaplay: Benzol: The PGN gives the year as 1940. What's with that?
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  Benzol: <waddayaplay>
The entire match was played from the 24th of December 1939 to the 14th of January 1940. This, the 8th match game was played on the 2nd of January.
Dec-29-06  GlennOliver: Ah, yes, it's clear now, thank you.

The downloadable pgn has also been fixed.

Aug-04-14  sneaky pete: Game 8, The Hague, January 3.
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  offramp: Euwe makes a big mistake in this game. He really did seem prone to making very serious errors.

Black has just played 31...♔g6-h5 ▢.

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Keres plays 32.g2-g4+

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Black now played 32....Kh4 which lost immediately. Instead 32...fxg4!∞.

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