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Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937), Amsterdam NED, rd 20, Nov-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  beatgiant: Does anyone have an idea why White accepted a draw in the final position? I don't see any obvious equalizing idea for Black, and it certainly looks worth it for White to play on. Am I overlooking some drawing combination for Black here?
Aug-15-04  sneaky pete: <beatgiant> 41.Qxa7 .. was a sealed move. Alekhine proposed a draw, because during the adjournment he concluded that 41... Qd6+ forces a draw: a)42.f4 Qe6 (white even has some difficulties here); b)42.g3 Qd2 with perpetual or repetition of moves; c)42.Kh3 Qe6+ 43.g4 Qe4 44.Qc7 Qf3+ 45.Qg3 Qh1+ 46.Qh2 Qf3+ etc. Analyses by Euwe in weekly magazine De Schaakwereld, November 30, 1937.
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  Calli: Euwe's brilliant 17...b6! turns the tables 18.Qxc6 Bb7 19.Rxe5 Qxe5 20.Qxb7 Qb2 is lost. Or 19.Bb4 Qxb4+ 20.Rxb4 Bxc6 is a bad endgame for White. However, on the next move, he misses the follow up 18...Ba6! 19.Qxc6 Rac8 20.Qe4 Bxb5 21.cxb5 Qd7 wins. Alekhine claimed he would play 18...Ba6! 19.Rb2 and "White's position would, on the whole, not be difficult to defend" - AA. To me, 18...Ba6! 19.Rb2 Qa3 is pretty difficult for white.

This contest was in the critical stretch of the match from games 18 to 20. Euwe had possible wins in each game, but ended up drawing them all. He then collapsed losing 4 of the next 5 games.

Sep-02-05  chessworm: Can anybody explain why Alekhine accepted for a draw when there are five passed pawns just for a bishop...
Sep-02-05  RookFile: I think sneaky pete has the answer above.
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  kevin86: I think Alekhine could have won the game,but not without great effort. I think Alekhine thought the kill was at hand and didn't want to give Euwe any chance for momentum at all.
Apr-08-08  Knight13: <RookFile: I think sneaky pete has the answer above.> He always does. :-)

<I think Alekhine could have won the game> I don't.

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  stoy: Black would have had winning chances with 25...Rb2 instead of his 25...Qa5. This is according to Romanovsky. White's c-pawn is weak. I found this in Botvinnik's book on the return match.
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