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Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937), Rotterdam NED, rd 24, Dec-02
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  1-0



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May-15-05  beastboy: Wow this is a very good game. In fact this game was when alekhine took the world title again very fascinating
May-15-05  suenteus po 147: Does anybody care to comment on Dr. Euwe's 11.Ke7? It seems like castling would be better. As it is, his kingside gets demolished later. What does 11.Ke7 gain him?
May-15-05  Calli: 11...Bd7 12.Bg2 Nc6 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Bxc6+ bxc6 15.Rac1 0-0-0+ 16.Ke3 Kc7 (Alekhine) is drawn.

However, Euwe was desperate for a win. He probably thought he saw some chance for an advantage. This is game 24 of the match. Euwe's disastrous run took place during games 21-25 of the match. He lost 4 out of five games and the match.

May-15-05  suenteus po 147: <Calli> Thank you for Alekhine's comments on the game. What advantage (however screwy) do YOU think Euwe saw with 11...Ke7? (I apologize for misnoting it as 11.Ke7 in my previous post)
May-15-05  Calli: Black's 12...Rd8 forces a king move because of the e5 threat. So perhaps Euwe misjudged the position of whites king at e3 as an advantage for him. But I am just guessing.
May-15-05  suenteus po 147: <Calli> Thanks! That helps.
May-16-05  beastboy: alekhine made a mistake by bringing out his king just tad bit at 13.ke3.he should of played his rook to 13.rc1 if not please explain.
May-16-05  Swapmeet: <beastboy> 13.Ke3 is pretty much forced. 13.Rc1 does not answer black's threat of 13...Rxd4+. 13.e3? would lose to 13...e5, since the knight is pinned. Also, strategically it is not a bad thing to bring your king out once the queens and a few pieces are off the board, since it is better placed for the endgame.
May-18-05  beastboy: Thank you very much, becouse i dony now how to anlyse that well.
Sep-27-07  kevin86: This was the second straight rook and pawn ending. This time,Alekhine was able to have his pawns protected and to be ushered in by the king. Euwe's two pawns are backward and immobile.
Apr-08-08  Knight13: Too many pawn drops, weak pawns! Euwe got blind!!

18...g6 is worth playing. 19. f5!! seemed to have killed him!

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  offramp: Here is the position after 30.Rd5-d6+

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Here is a slight problem. Up until this position Alekhine (in his Best Games 1924-1937 book) has given Euwe just one punctuation mark: 11...K-K2 was given a ?.

Alekhine has given white no ?s.
Here are his punctuation marks for white:
18. P-QKt4!

And so we arrived at that above rook-ending. As far as I can see 30...Re6! would have left a very level-looking position.

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For example, 31.Red1 g4 32.R1d2 R8e7= Or 31.Rxe6+ Rxe6 32.Rd1 g4=

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  beatgiant: <offramp>
Cannot White push the h-pawn before Black gets <g4> in? 30...Re6 31. Rxe6+ Rxe6 <32. h4>
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  offramp: <beatgiant>, I think you're right, that is probably a winning move. I don't think it would be very easy though.

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