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Geza Maroczy vs Max Euwe
Amsterdam (1920), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, May-27
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0



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Jul-03-18  Retireborn: With 13...Qc8 and 17...Qf8 Euwe is lining himself up to play ...Bxh3 if allowed, yet he misses the opportunity when it arrives after 19.Qf1? Bxh3 20.gxh3 Ne5!

The annotator (Algemeen? not identified by Gillam) calls 23...h5 forced and says that 23...g4 24.hxg4 Bxg4 25.Rxa6 Rh6+ "leads nowhere"; however after 26.Kg1 Bxf3 27.Nxf3 Rxf3 28.Rxf3 Qh2+ 29.Kf1 Qh1+ 30.Ke2 Nd4+! 31.cxd4 Qxe1+ 32.Kxe1 Rxa6 33.Rc3 Re6+ 34.Kd2 c6 the outcome is a rook ending which I suppose Black should be able to draw.

After 24...Rxf2 Maroczy misses a win with 25.Ngf3, but then Euwe goes wrong in time trouble with 29...Bf5. This allows White to play a whole series of very strong moves, and after 35.Qf4! it's surprising how helpless the Black pieces are.

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