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Efim Geller vs Max Euwe
"Game Euwe" (game of the day Sep-16-09)
Zurich Candidates (1953)  ·  Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch. O'Kelly Variation (E26)  ·  0-1
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Sep-16-09
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Until Morozevich vs M Vachier Lagrave, 2009, I thought Euwe's 22...Rh8 was the most impossible-looking Rook move in chess history.

Call me old-fashioned, but it's still pretty bloody well spectacular.

Sep-16-09
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  chessgames.com: For the record, this pun was submitted by SwitchingQuylthulg. It placed only 76th in our 2009 Pun Contest and therefore just wins nothing more than this honorable mention.
Sep-16-09  Hesam7: <Boomie> after 24. d5 Bxd5 25. Rd1 Rxg2+ 26. Kf1 Ra2 27. Bd2 Bc4+ 28. Kf2 Qd5 29. Qh5+ Qxh5 30. Rxh5 d5 31. Ne2 Rxa3:


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Rybka 2.2 thinks White is better and gives the following line:

32.Bc1 Ra1 33.Nc3 Nd6 34.Kf3 Kg6 35.Rh4 Kf7 36.Bf4 Rxd1 37.Nxd1 Nf5 38.Rh8 a5 (+0.39 @ depth 18)

Sep-16-09  Hesam7: <Boomie: Given the murkiness of this line, perhaps black has an improvement. 18...h6 looks promising.>

Could it not be the case that 24. Rc1?? was the only major mistake of the game? Also after 18. ... h6 19. Bxh6 gxh6 20. Qc1:


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I don't think you can judge the position without detailed examination. It is just too sharp for low depth engine analysis.

Sep-16-09  Hesam7: <OhioChessFan: Tim Krabbe's site has an interesting story about this game: http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess2/... >

I went looking for this (if you follow the link it takes you to the most recent entry in Krabbe's site not the one related to this game) and it was worth it.

By the way it is item #312.

Sep-16-09
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  whiteshark: The whole idea of pushing the f-pawn probably doesn't suit the positional needs.
Sep-16-09
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  whiteshark: <sanyas: Bronstein preferred 22...Rc4> Did he give any lines after that move?
Sep-16-09
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  Stonehenge: < andymac: Best. Pun. Ever. Why have we not seen it before? Even if in Dutch it's "Game Ow-er".>

I'm Dutch and I can assure you there are *no* puns possible on 'Euwe' :)

Sep-16-09  ounos: Another well-known gem from the legendary Zurich '53. Great stuff.
Sep-16-09
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  kevin86: White overextended his attack and paid dearly 4 it.
Sep-16-09
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  Jimfromprovidence: I have seen no comments about 22...Qd5.


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It's a prosaic move compared to the spectacular 22...Rh8 or the technical 22...Rc4, but it might objectively be the best of all of them.

It forces 23 Re4 and after 23...Rc6 (seeing 24 Rae1,) then, after 24...Re6, below, black looks OK.


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Sep-16-09  WhiteRook48: normally with Qxh7+ black is blasted off the board
Sep-16-09  lzromeu: <MaczynskiPratten:> Great comment. thanks. 22Rh8 is really unmazing move. Fatal counteratack.
Sep-16-09
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  Eggman: One of the best puns Euwe?
Sep-16-09
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  Phony Benoni: If the pun seems familiar, look here: Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929
Sep-16-09  chillowack: <andymac: Best. Pun. Ever. Why have we not seen it before? Even if in Dutch it's "Game Ow-er".>

I heard "Euwe" was pronounced sort of like "Er-ver," is that not correct?

It's this pronunciation that makes me love the pun--because for once, the pun is based on the *actual* pronunciation of the player's name, rather than an "Americanization", as we have too often seen.

Sep-17-09
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  Stonehenge: Sigh.
Sep-17-09  sneaky pete: Reuze leuk, jeuk amme neus en de hele reutemeteut.

I once tried to teach a German girl Dutch with the pronunciation exercise <Tante Trui uit de Spuistraat fruit huilend de uitjes in het tuinhuis>. Before we could move on to the <eu> however, she escaped and was never seen again.

Feb-17-10
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  SuperPatzer77: Euwe's brilliant move is 22...Rh8!!!! O' Divine!! What a counterplay by Black!!

23. Qxh8 Rc2!, 24. Rc1 Rxg2+, 25. Kf1 Qb3! (preventing 26. Be3 and stronger than 25...Qa2), 26. Ke1 Qf3! (White has no defense against the inevitable checkmate) 0-1

If Max Euwe were alive, I'd have bought Max Euwe and myself Amstel Light beer imported from Holland and said to him "Cheers to Max Euwe". :-D

SuperPatzer77

Aug-14-10
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  sevenseaman: Very clever!
Dec-25-11
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  talisman: <SuperPatzer77> you are right. the counterattack plan starts on move 16 however. This game won a brilliancy also.
Jul-13-12
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  tarek1: GM Boris Alterman commented on this game on ICC today in this video https://webcast.chessclub.com/icc/i... (link works for ICC members). It was part of his "Art of defense" series, #4.
May-20-13  RookFile: An excellent counter-attack and great play by Euwe.
Jun-25-13
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  talisman: after 21 moves it looks like black is crumbling...the his 22nd comes!
Jul-02-14
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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 2 I selected this game to cover: http://youtu.be/zpGDaXLmsqg
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