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Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935), Various Locations NED, rd 10, Oct-24
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Dec-18-02  Kulla Tierchen: In his hagiography on Alekhine, Kotov confessed that Alekhine played several games of the 1935 title match in a drunken state. I conclude it began with this game. He arrived for one contest, perhaps it was this one, "in such a condition that he was unable by his own efforts to climb onto the stage." Euwe suggested a postponement, but Alekhine refused.
Dec-19-02  PVS: I appreciate and enjoy reading the fruits of your Alekhine research. Is it too much to hope for some insights into his triumphs as well as the tragedies?
Dec-19-02  Sabatini: I think it is good that Alekhine is exposed.
Dec-20-02  mdorothy: The only problem is that I hear of GM's that play drunk, but then their drunk games are probably much better than I could produce completely sober.
Aug-12-03  Sylvester: This is game ten, this is where the binge began!
Dec-19-04  Novice713: If the black pawn captures the rook, then White's pawn queens.
Oct-06-05  aw1988: No, the problem with the Euwe-Alekhine match is that details are very foggy. At this stage Alekhine wasn't drinking. He just wasn't used to Euwe's calm, scientific style.
Mar-15-08  Knight13: < such a condition that he was unable by his own efforts to climb onto the stage."Euwe suggested a postponement, but Alekhine refused.> A drunken blunder, perhaps?
Apr-13-11  nendwr: And what if the black pawn doesn't capture the rook? How does white win after 41... Ne7? It has that look about it that I'm missing something obvious, but that's the nature of missing things.
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  Calli: <nendwr> After 41.Rxc6 Ne7 then 42.Rd6 attackS the Bishop and the only move to save it is 46...Nc6 which runs into 43.Rxc6 again!
Apr-13-11  sevenseaman: 46. Euwe was in control the entire game. Rxc6 comes like a bolt from the blue.

I was about to laud Euwe for this excellent game but Alekhine's poor physical condition was a big factor.

Aug-07-12  kappertjes: All this talk about supposed drinking reminds me of this Tartakower quote:

"I never defeated a healthy opponent."

Of course if Alekhine hadn't lost no-one would say he was drinking.

Aug-07-12  thomastonk: Rumours are stronger than facts. Always.

Here is what Kmoch, the match director, wrote about this game:

And here is his report about what he called a scandal (game 21):

Aug-07-12  cunctatorg: Could somebody give us a brief English translation of the German text?!? Please?
Aug-07-12  thomastonk: <cunctatorg> Only the short one about this game or also the very long one about game 21?
Aug-08-12  chillowack: <Calli: <nendwr> After 41.Rxc6 Ne7 then 42.Rd6 attackS the Bishop and the only move to save it is 46...Nc6 which runs into 43.Rxc6 again!>

Actually, after 43.Rc6 bc 44.b7 Black now has the defensive resource 44...Bc7; so the Rxc6 sacrifice is no longer an automatic win.

That combination was based on the fact that Black's c8-knight gave White *two* choices of queening square, of which Black could parry only one.

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  Calli: <chillowack> 43.Rc6 bc 44.Be5
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  kingscrusher: Completely appalling game by Alekhine - he must have been drunk.
Nov-18-15  CorkChess: The German links that Thomastonk gives: there is no mention of any drunkenness. It's a myth, as Meuninghof established many years ago in this Euwe biography. Some rumors never die and this is one of them.
Sep-02-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: People in Brazil, who met him when he was visiting our town (Belo Horizonte) said that he drink so much, this is not a myth... and some people that follow him, almost confessed that many things could be different (better) for him, if he was able to get hid of these drinks...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: When Alekhine played 21...e5, he must have intended to follow with 22.Nxe5,Bxc5, but he changed his mind and played 22...Be6. I realize that after 22...Bxc5; 23.Nc4,Bb4; 24.a3,Bxd2; 25.Qxd2 the a-pawn is very weak and probably doomed, but it was already artificially isolated anyway. Or is there a bigger refutation that I cannot see?
Sep-03-16  DWINS: <An Englishman>, 22...Bxc5? loses to 23.Qc4+

This is what Purdy said about the position after 21...e5, "In this wretched position, Alekhine realizes that it is no use trying to hold everything, so why not have a run for his money? The last 20 moves are just skittles on his part (he took 15 minutes over them). That was logical enough, for it wouldn't pay to fatigue himself-especially if he felt stale-just for a hundred-to-one chance, while Euwe would have to play with great care in any case."

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  thegoodanarchist: DuMond wrote that Alekhine quit smoking and drinking after losing the WC title to Euwe, in preparation for the rematch.

This implies that AA was drinking during the first match, but DuMond was far too charitable in his posthumous introduction to write the plain truth.

After all, DuMond was writing the intro for AA's own book of best games, released with 3 volumes in 1.

The first two where what AA wrote himself, and the third was written by British chess champion Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander

The paperback version that I once owned, and then donated to a library, had a red cover with a Black & White photo of AA on the front.

DuMond's charitable characterization extended to AA's activities in support of the Nazis during WW II

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  morfishine: I agree with <kingscrusher>'s observation
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <DWINS>, so there was a bigger refutation that I could not see. No surprise there.
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