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Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine
"The Pearl of Zandvoort" (game of the day Feb-03-2016)
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935), Various Locations NED, rd 26, Dec-03
Dutch Defense: Nimzo-Dutch. Alekhine Variation (A90)  ·  1-0

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Mar-20-13  ajax333221: he moved the same knight 7 times in a row :0
Mar-21-13  lost in space:


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position after 20. Ne3

I don't see any white advantage after 20...Qe8.

for example: 20...Qe8 21. Rg1 Bf6
if white plays now 22. Nxf5? Bxc3 23. Nxd6 black has the nice 23...Qg6 with black advantage


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And after the logical 22. g4 fxg4 23. Rxg4 Bd4 24 Rag1 Rf7 I see no progress for White. The position seems =


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Will check it with shredder 12 deep ply to be sure

Mar-21-13  DWINS: <lost in space>, 20...Qe8 is perfectly fine as is 20...a6, 20...Rb8, 20...Qd8, 20...Kg8, as well as Alekhine's 20...Bf6. This is an even position and is not the critical one in the game. Don't get fooled into thinking it is just because Euwe played the flashy 21.Nxf5. Alekhine maintained an even position until he started to go wrong on move 32 and 35.
Mar-21-13  lost in space: yups, the position is even.

Here just a snapshot:

shredder 12, d=27

20...Qd8 21. a4 Bf6...-->+0,02

20...Qe8 21. a4 Bf6...--> +0,06

20...Rb8 21. Qc2 Qe8...--> +0,09

Will have a closer look to 20...Bf6 and alter on to the moves 32-35

Dec-04-13  chesspressive: the knight is the piece of the game,really amusing though
Feb-03-16
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  offramp: Played in Zandvoort and Amsterdam.
Feb-03-16
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  andrewjsacks: I wager that Philidor would have loved White's play in this classic.
Feb-03-16  lost in space: Now I know why this game looked so familiar. This time I asked myself what the heck is wrong with the simple 20...Nf6. The answer is: nothing. not the best move but the position is close to even (+0,32, shredder 12, d=22)

Wil have a look now to the 32. and 35. move were Aljechin most probably went wrong.

Feb-03-16
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  piltdown man: Is this the first time this magnificent game has been GOTD? Surely you can't be serious. (I am serious, and don't call me Shirley).
Feb-03-16  1971: Wow! Power play! Going to have look at Mr. Euwe's games. Such clarity. Turned the board into a play work shop.
Feb-03-16
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  offramp: As I explained elsewhere, ZAND = sand and VOORT = fort or castle so ZANDVOORT means SANDCASTLE.
Feb-03-16  Old Woodpusher: I am not really sure why - perhaps it is the barrage of central pawns bearing down on Alekhine's king, or maybe the depth of Euwe's strategy - which are variations on a theme anyway - but this has always been one of my favourite games. I don't know how many times I have played through this game over the years but I always greatly enjoy exercising my inadequate brain cells with this. Science ? Art ? I don't know. Maybe a bit of both but brilliant in either case.
Feb-03-16
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  Stonehenge: "Zandvoort is known to exist in 1100, called Sandevoerde (a combination of "sand" and "voorde", meaning ford)." That's ford with a 'd' :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zandv...

Feb-03-16
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  kevin86: White will pick up a rook and be a knight ahead.
Feb-03-16  luftforlife: Here is a link to GM Dr. S.G. Tartakower's special annotated coverage of this game through its adjournment, as published in De Telegraaf on December 4, 1935:

http://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=d...

Here is a link to his coverage of this game through its conclusion, as published in De Telegraaf on December 5, 1935:

http://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=d...

In neither article do I find his enduring and endearing denomination of this game as "De Parel van Zandvoort," but it is undisputed that it was he who bestowed upon this game its lasting and memorable title. Perhaps kibitzer <zanzibar> or another serious historian such as he will know exactly where and when Dr. Tartakower first gave this game its seminal name.

In his Max Euwe: The Biography (Alkmaar, The Netherlands: New In Chess 2001), Alexandr Münninghoff briefly discusses this game and its enduring moniker at pages 133-34. Here's a link:

https://books.google.com/books?id=c...

Finally, here's more on the etymology of "voorde":

http://etymologiebank.nl/trefwoord/...

Best to all. ~ lufty

Feb-03-16  luftforlife: Apparently, Dr. Tartakower did not coin the appellation "Parel van Zandvoort" itself, for here it appears in a wholly different context in a squib with no byline published in Het volk on May 12, 1932:

http://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=d...

~ lufty

Feb-03-16
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  morfishine: <piltdown man> Of course this is a great game, and yes, its been "GOTD" many times before, in fact, according to <Xeroxx> this was presented 6,345 times before today

*****

Feb-03-16
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  Penguincw: Hmm, back-to-back "Pearl of ___" puns. I thought Amethyst was the birthstone of February...
Jun-17-18
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  CheckMateEndsTheGame: Talk about that Knight tour!
Jun-22-19
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  thegoodanarchist: I would play 11.Bxb7 and look for Black to prove his sacrifice.

Of course, I am not even of master strength, so I'd probably get rolled.

Jun-22-19
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  thegoodanarchist: 47.Ne4+ is a beautiful kill shot!
Aug-23-19  PhilFeeley: Why didn't black play bxc after 43. Nd8? The king just walked into that check on e6.
Aug-23-19  sudoplatov: After 43...bxc, White has Nf7+ and Nd6 picking up a Rook.
May-21-20
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  Check It Out: White's king's knight had an amazing journey. It's fun to just click through the game and watch it, especially when it lands the killing blow to cap the epic adventure.
Sep-03-20
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  kenilworthian: 11. Bxb7?! Nxe2+ 12. Kg2 Nxd4 13. Qd3 Nbc6 14. Bxa8 Nxe5 15. Qxd4 Qxa8+ 16. f3 or 14. Nxc6 Nxc6 15. Bxa8 Qxa8 look very good for Black.
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