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Richard Reti vs Max Euwe
Bad Kissingen (1928), Bad Kissingen GER, rd 2, Aug-13
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Exchange Variation with 6.e4 (D72)  ·  0-1



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  beatgiant: I can't understand 42. Rc4, allowing the pawn to advance. I would have tried 42. h4 Kc6 <43. f5!?> exf5 44. e6 fxe6 45. Kxg6. White may still be lost, but at least he will go down fighting.
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  beatgiant: Instead of 21. Ndc3, White had <21. Rxc6> so 21...bxc6 22. Ne7+ followed by 23. Nxc6 with a fork, winning back the exchange and coming out a pawn ahead.

Or 21. Rxc6 exd5 22. Rxb6, both Black's b-pawns fall, and I don't see the compensation.

Feb-16-13  jerseybob: The Grunfeld was in its infancy when this game was played, so Euwe couldn't have realized how "un-Grunfeldish" his maneuver 9..Qc8 and 10..Bh3 is. The white king bishop is no big menace; better for black to keep developing, with say 9..Na6, aiming at c5. Or maybe 9..Nc6. Black was lucky to win this game.
Feb-16-13  RookFile: He might have been thinking the opposite way. It's not that the g2 bishop was wonderful - rather he may have regarded his c8 bishop as a useless piece, and wanted to get rid of it for something. Certainly Capablanca thought about things with this method.
Feb-16-13  thomastonk: <jerseybob> First of all, I agree that 9.. ♕c8 and 10.. ♗h3 is not the best plan for Black. But thereafter White's position is only slightly better, and if you claim <Black was lucky to win this game> on this base, then I would like to oppose (in a friendly way, of course).

Neither 13.♕c1 nor 14.d5 is a good idea, and the position after 16.♕e3 looks completely equal to me. At this point, Black can choose between 16.. ♘d7, 16.. b5 and 16.. c5, instead of the inferior text move, which again gives White a slight advantage. White misses the strong 20.♖xc6!, and from this point White is worse in different degrees during the rest of the game, and Black wins the ending deserved, I think.

Only after I wrote these comments I visited Tartakower's comments in the tournament book. That's fun, because he likes all these positional inaccuracies, but at least he found 20.♖xc6!. Nevertheless, I like him, his play and writings, and the same holds true for Réti and Euwe, of course.

Feb-16-13  jerseybob: Thomastonk: Wie geht es ihnen! With 13.Qc1 white was trying to echo black in swapping king bishops. With 13..Rd8 black rightly declines. I agree 14.d5 isn't best(14.Rd1!?), but neither is black's 14..c6(Nc4!?). Of your suggestions for the 16th move, I don't like 16..c5 because it dooms black to doubled b-pawns. I like 16..Nd7 best because it develops a piece. I said black was lucky because white missed the shot Rxc6! on both the 20th and 21st moves. Of course in both cases black at the end would have the move Qd2 and threaten the b-pawn, so Euwe might've had counterplay. Rookfile: I haven't read Capa's thoughts on this line and certainly I'd respect that, but in many of the Neo-Grunfelds I've seen black uses the queen bishop as a sniping weapon, to dart here and there, threatening things, instead of just straight-up trading it off. That's a tool Euwe could've used in this game(even though he still won).
Feb-17-13  thomastonk: <jerseybob: Wie geht es ihnen!> Danke, und Ihnen?

<With 13.Qc1 white was trying to echo black in swapping king bishops.> Yes, and Tartakower argues like this: if White has no better idea, then Black's play was alright. I would prefer 13.♖c1.

<14.Rd1!?> Yes, I agree.

<14.. c6(Nc4!?)> I think, 14.. c6 is quite correct, and in any case I would prefer it to 14.. ♘c4, which can be met in many ways, say 15.♗g5 or even 15.♗h6!? with the idea of 15.. ♗xh6 16.♕xh6 ♘xb2 17.h4!.

<I don't like 16..c5> Yes, this move is quite committal. Let me replace it by the more energetic 16.. e6!

<I said black was lucky because white missed the shot Rxc6!> Okay, but you didn't mentioned the move at all. ;-)

But let's care about the combination. Tartakower' main line is 20.. ♖xd5 21. exd5 bxc6 22.dxc6 ♕d2! 23.♖f2 ♕xb2 24.♕xb2 ♗xb2 25.♘f4 ♗a3 and this is about equal. However, White has promising alternatives, say 23.♕d1 and 24.♕d5, which even the commenting Tartakower didn't saw. Moreover, Réti had also to evaluate 20.♖xc6 e6, which is quite tricky, and maybe Black's best choice.

So, it is no surprise to me that Réti avoided these tactics (and those after 21.♖xc6) and tried to exploit the doubled b-pawns. But here he neglectet the meaning of the d-file.

Feb-19-13  jerseybob: thomastonk: Ganz gut,danke. Analysis later, too busy now.
Jun-10-15  offramp: <jerseybob: thomastonk: Ganz gut,danke. Analysis later, too busy now.>

Can you speed it up a bit because the library is about to shut?

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