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Max Euwe vs Willem Jan Muhring
Hilversum (1947), Hilversum NED, rd 5, Aug-06
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  0-1


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Mar-17-04  Whitehat1963: Is this really hopeless at the end?
Mar-17-04  fatbaldguy: In so many words - yes. If the knight moves (anywhere), 14 ... f3 wins the bishop. If the queen defends the knight with 14 Qd1 or Qe2, then 14 ... Nd4 wins the knight since it's pinned. Any move by white other than those above and black simply takes the knight. Euwe was a very strong player in his heyday in the '30s, but this match was played when he was well past his peak.
Apr-18-12  thomastonk: <fatbaldguy> Euwe was an elite player in 1946 - see the Groningen tournament -, and hence in 1947, too. But he lost this game in a typical way: Euwe blundered very often in all phases of his career.

I assume that this is a game from a simultaneous display, because no other game of the second player is in the database.

Apr-18-12  sneaky pete: Black is Willem Jan Muhring (correction submitted).

The game is from one of 3 small 8-player tournaments in August 1947, following the zonal tournament. This group A was won by Muhring and O'Kelly (6) with Haije Kramer (4) and Euwe and Van Oosterwijk Bruyn (3,5) next. Euwe was in bad form and also lost against O'Kelly and Van Oosterwijk Bruyn, winning only against Theo de Jong and 2 local players. Kramer replaced Maróczy, who was ill.

In group B Rossolimo (6,5) and Pachman (6) were the most succesful players and in group C Szabo (6,5) en Ed Spanjaard (6).

Apr-18-12  thomastonk: <sneaky pete> Thanks for the correction. Now I have checked that 1947 was indeed a very bad year for Euwe. Münninghoff wrote that he was exhausted by the many simultaneous displays.

BTW, where did you found these precise results?

Apr-18-12  sneaky pete: <thomastonk> From the 1947 magazine of the Dutch Chess Federation. The editor makes a big fuss of Euwe's previous illness (no further details) from which he supposedly hadn't fully recovered, but I didn't want to mention that in my earlier post, knowing how people feel about sick chessplayers.

Muhring was the joint winner of group A, maybe that's that's why he is A. Muhring here. Pim Muhring is best known for his role as the clown ("Can a pawn move backwards, professor?") in Euwe's TV shows around the 1972 F vs S-match, but in his best years he was quite a good player.

Euwe's loss against O'Kelly is in this database, his loss against young Van Oosterwijk Bruyn (which caused a small sensation at the time) not.

Apr-18-12  thomastonk: <sneaky pete> Sick chessplayers .. I know.

Willem (or Pim) Muhring is well known to me. He co-authored with Euwe a book on the candidates tournament 1956 and I have also a nice tournament book on Zaanstreek 1946, wherein his name is often written Mühring.

I have looked for Euwe's loss against Van Oosterwijk Bruyn in my databases, but only one contains a fragment of it: after Black's 38th move it is said that Black won after a long queen ending.

Would you agree with me, when I say that there is still no good game collection for Euwe? I currently work on ideas how one could get one.

Apr-18-12  sneaky pete: <thomastonk> You're right, the complete Max Euwe on paper, something comparabble to volumes about Fischer, Lasker, Capablanca and others is still missing. By collecting what you can find in databases on the internet(and correcting all the mistakes in them) you might not even come close, when I see that for instance this database only has 2 of the 7 classical tournament played in Hilversum, 1947.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Before FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), Euwe named this as his worst game.
May-03-17  SeanAzarin: Euwe'd In The Balance And Found Wanting
May-04-17  Granny O Doul: It ain't over 'til it's Euwe.
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