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Max Euwe vs Bruce Matzner
"Matzner no Patzer" (game of the day Jan-08-2009)
Paul Masson Chess Festival (1980), Saratoga, CA USA, Jul-20
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  0-1


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Max Euwe vs Bruce Matzner (1980) Matzner no Patzer
"Dr. Euwe desperately attempting to fend off Bruce Matzner's crushing attack." courtesy of

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  patzer2: Max Euwe was a great ambassador and teacher of Chess, and even at near 80 years of age provided a good opponent for amateurs in simultaneous exhibitions.

As indicated at, this was Dr. Euwe's only lost in this simul.

Jan-08-09  newzild: Man, Euwe played like a complete patzer in this game. 21.e5?? was a beginner's mistake, not to mention dropping the bishop on move 38.
Jan-08-09  erimiro1: Not a very good game and somehow unfair to the ex-champion, who played this game a year before he passed away.
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  Honza Cervenka: The photo is not whole as it is published on original site. There is visible a bit greater part of board and the Rook on c1 and vacant b3 suggest clearly that it was taken just before the 23rd move of white.
Jan-08-09  Alphastar: <newzild> I suppose you would've won all the games in the simul?
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  Richard Taylor: It is a bit unfair but Matzner played well for sure - I don't think Euwe played so badly he met with some creative chess!

But no matter how good one is if you play simuls you can expect to come a cropper in at least a few games!

And that Euwe was a great chess player there is no doubt.

Jan-08-09  cydmd: I think the best to do on move 38 is to resign. If White tries to defend its bishop, loses anyway.

i) 38.Rf4 Be5 winning the exchange
ii) 38.Re1 Rxh4+ winning the bishop
iii)38.Qf3 Qxh4+ 39.Kg2 Qh2#
iv) 38.Qd3 Qxh4+ 39.Kg2 Qh2+ 40.Kf3 Rh3+ winning the queen

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  maxi: Even the best players in history, at their best, have had bad screw-ups in displays.
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  kevin86: White's last move,just to leave the bishop en prise,is pathetic. He should have resigned a move earlier. JMHO
Jan-08-09  pelarson: The pun should be "Matzner no Patzner," otherwise there is no pun.
Premium Chessgames Member Bruce Matzner is a fan of
Jan-08-09  rangek: <kevin86>

All GMs blunder from time to time. Gross errors do not worry most people as strategical oversights or tactical errors.

Jan-08-09  Andrijadj: Credits to Mr Matzner for winning the former world champ,but this game is really not suitable for GOTD,because quality of play is exceptionally bad...White blundered the pawn right after the opening and played for another 14 moves after which he blundered his bishop and resigned...I think game of the day should be a special game,game where beauty of chess is revealed,or,at least,game of bog historical significance...I will repeat again,congrats to Mr Matzner for winning against the chess legend in a simul,but his task was easy,since chess legend played like a 1600 rated player...
Jan-08-09  TheChessGuy: Dr. Euwe was almost eighty years old and one year away from dying. I'll be happy if I can even play at 80, much less give a simultaneous exhibition. Give the man some credit!
Jan-08-09  WhiteRook48: this pun was hilarious. Still, it was a blindfold which might explain the blunders.
Jan-09-09  MostlyAverageJoe: <WhiteRook48: it was a blindfold>

Did you wear a blindfold yourself when writing this comment ?-)

Take a look at photo that shows the players. What Euwe is wearing is called "glasses" (admittedly, Euwe seems to be wearing quite strong corrective lenses).

Jan-09-09  Andrijadj: Well,It is not about credit,it is about the fact that this game shows Euwe in undeserved unfavourable light...Plus,the game is bad...
Jan-09-09  blacksburg: anyone who views euwe unfavorably because of a loss in a simul is a fool. this man won a match against alekhine.
Jan-09-09  Andrijadj: Well blackburg,if you switch your brain on you will realize that that was exactly the point-it is unfair to advretize such a bad game of the man who won Alekhine in a match...
Jan-10-09  blacksburg: hey, how about this - don't tell me to switch my brain on and then use the word "advretize", ok?

while we're talking about brains, you also spelled my name wrong.

Jan-10-09  Andrijadj: don't mix typing mistakes and thinkig mate
Jan-10-09  blacksburg: "thinkig mate"? what's a "thinkig mate"?
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