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Gerard Kroone vs Max Euwe
Amsterdam m1 (1919), Amsterdam NED, rd 2
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  0-1


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Nov-30-10  xombie: Central majority rendered poor! I think it lost steam after being blockaded.
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  beatgiant: <xombie>
I think 27. Qe4 is the turning point.

I took a look at 27. Rd1 Qc2 28. Rd2 Qc1+ 29. Nd1 Qb1, when Black's queen is temporarily offside. I could not find any super powerful follow-up for White, but at least there's 30. Qb4 blocking Black's queenside majority too, and I can't see White losing that.

Dec-19-10  xombie: Well it was never going to be good in any case, with the B blockading d6. Kotov talks about anticipating the blockading process in advance, so that if it cannot be blockaded from rank 5, then it can be from rank 6 (well, thats my interpretation) in "Think like a grandmaster". Key to this process was the tactic 19 .. Rfd8 without which the pawn could have advanced (say, instead, if the R was on d1 guarding the P and the Q, elsewhere).

<beatgiant> I think white was already done before 27. Qe4 as his pawns appear paralyzed. But these things are not easy to assess ... and white has some space.

Nov-22-18  Retireborn: The real tragedy for Kroone was 26.Nc3 - according to Houdini, 26.Rc3 (with the idea Rg3) would have won.

<beatgiant>'s suggestion of 27.Rd1 looks good. Houdini prefers 27.Re1; then 27...Qc2 fails to the tactical trick 28.Nxa4! (not possible with the rook on d1.) However 27.Re1 a3 28.bxa3 b2 29.Nb1 Ra4 also seems fairly equal.

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