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Euwe - Colle Match

Max Euwe5.5/6(+5 -0 =1)[games]
Edgar Colle0.5/6(+0 -5 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Euwe - Colle (1928)


This was a match held in Amsterdam between Edgar Colle and Max Euwe. Its purpose was to prepare Euwe for a match against Efim Bogoljubov for the "World Chess Federation Champion" title - Bogoljubov - Euwe: First FIDE Championship (1928).

"We are informed that a match is currently being played in Amsterdam between Dr. M. Euwe and Colle, the Belgian chess master. The match is not public. The first two games were won by Euwe." (1) "Dr. Euwe is playing a match of six games with the Belgian Colle. This match is intended as a practice match for the match Euwe—Bogoljubow, which will be played over Easter." (2)

The match took place in March, with the match with Bogoljubow scheduled to begin on 4th April (3). The match was not open to the public and had scant press attention. By 20th March, Euwe had won the first two games (4) and the final result was reported on the 29th March. (5)

The progress of the match

The match was a very emphatic victory for Euwe. It underlined how he had advanced in a relatively few years. He had previously played a match with Colle at Zutphen in 1924 where the score had been much narrower - 5-3 to Euwe. In this match was remorseless in punishing inaccuracies by his opponent. In the first three games, Euwe found the precise moves which swung the game decisively in his favour.

1 2 3 4 5 6 Euwe 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 5½ Colle 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½

Progressive score:

1 2 3 4 5 6 Euwe 1 2 3 3½ 4½ 5½ Colle 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½

Colle was White in the odd-numbered games.

The games

Game 1 - Colle vs Euwe, 1928. Colle, as White, used his eponymous opening system and had an active position. He then blundered with

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32. h5? giving a tempi to Euwe to push his passed <d> pawn. 32. Qxb7 would have drawn.

Game 2 - Euwe vs Colle, 1928. Having lost with a tactical blunder in the previous game, Colle once again suddenly collapsed in an equal position. He played

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17...Nc7? which lost immediately to 18.Rg4! Qe7 19.Rxg7!

Game 3 - Colle vs Euwe, 1928. Once again Colle opened with his own system and gained active play for his pieces. Euwe sacrificed the exchange for a pawn and then outplayed Colle in the complications.

Game 4 - Euwe vs Colle, 1928. Colle, as Black, managed to end his disastrous run with a draw in a well-played game that ended in a Queen and pawns endgame.

Game 5 - Colle vs Euwe, 1928. Colle changed his opening to a Colle-London system hybrid with <Nc3> rather than <c3>. Colle miscalculated and lost a pawn. Euwe played accurately and a further blunder by Colle in the endgame quickly ended the game.

Game 6 - Euwe vs Colle, 1928. Colle once again employed the Nimzo-Indian Defence, but played it very poorly. Euwe soon dominated the board.


(1) Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad, 20th March 1928.
(2) Het Volk, 20th March 1928.
(3) Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad, 20th March 1928.
(4) Ibid, 20th March 1928.
(5) De Avonpost, 29th March 1928.

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 page 1 of 1; 6 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Colle vs Euwe 0-1351928Euwe - ColleD04 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Euwe vs Colle 1-0191928Euwe - ColleE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Colle vs Euwe 0-1391928Euwe - ColleA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Euwe vs Colle ½-½621928Euwe - ColleA15 English
5. Colle vs Euwe 0-1511928Euwe - ColleA48 King's Indian
6. Euwe vs Colle 1-0401928Euwe - ColleE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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