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Max Euwe vs Efim Bogoljubov
"Seventh Heaven" (game of the day Dec-23-2008)
Budapest (1921), Budapest HUN, rd 5, Sep-10
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-03  drukenknight: Here is Bogo. playing the same MacCutcheon line as the kid. They both agree on BxN. It seems that Bogo. holds onto his material a bit too long and before you know it, Euwe has the attack going. Since black has busted whites pawns he should consider himself ahead in material and look to exchange that N off.

11...cxd4 would get the attack started sooner.

Also if you know that white is getting ready to sack the B; then how about: 12...Nxe5 13 dxe5 h5?

even later, 14...Nxd4 then what?

by the 16th move it looks like Bogo is just a little imprecise. Doesnt 16....Qa3 cover the rook and threatens a more effective check w/ the Q rather than the less lethal pawn?

Jun-07-05  schnarre: I've never considered the 6. Bd2 line to be a good one (more of a tempo waster, & it allows Black an attack via ...Ne4). But here Max Euwe handles a tricky tactical game to emerge victorious!
Jun-07-05  aw1988: I on the contrary have always seen Bd2 the only reason not to play the McCutcheon. It allows for too double-edged a game.
Jun-07-05  schnarre: John Lutes' book on the McCutcheon is a good work to read up on, for players of either side! Check it out.
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  oao2102: I think technically 6. Bd2 is not a waste of tempo since black makes a pawn move.
Nov-22-08  JimmyVermeer: This game appears in Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games by László Polgár. The book has Black resigning on the 13th move already!

36 Ke5 Nc6+ 37 Kxe6 Rh6+ 38 Kxd5 Rh5+ 39 Kxe4 Re5+ 40 Kf4 b5 41 g8Q a6 42 Qa8 Kb6 43 Qgc8 Nb8 44 Qaxb8+ Ka5 45 Qxc3+ Ka4 46 Qb3+ Ka5 47 Qc7#

Dec-23-08  YoungEd: I wouldn't have found 13. Bxg6 myself, but it makes perfect sense. If Black has time to castle Q-side, he'll be fine. Looks like the tactics are all White's way: if 13. ...fxg6, then 14. Qxg6+ and White will pick up the Rook in a move or three. And Black can't capture the Bishop on move 15 because 16. Qg8+wins the Rook. Is this game a bust to the McCutheon, or did Black make a fatal error out of book? I honestly don't know.
Dec-23-08  ruelas007: is it idea of mine or are there too many "GOD" "punned" "Seventh Heaven"?
Dec-23-08  Paraconti: That's coz GOD belongs in Heaven.
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: amazing promotions
Dec-23-08  cyclon: A Magnificent game!
Dec-23-08  frenchfan: 12...Qa5 is a mistake as it allows Bxg6. Therefore, better is 12...cxd4 as after 13.Bxg6 black can play Nxe5
Dec-23-08  Atking: <frenchfan> I'm not sure that 12...Qa5 is that bad 13.Bxg6 Nxd4! 14.Kd1 Rg8 15.Bxf7+ KxBf7 16.Qh5+ Ke7 17.cxNd4 Rxg2 18.Ne2 Bd7! 19.Qf3 Rag8 20.Rg3 R2xRg3 21.fxRg3 Rf8 22.Nf4 Rf5 23.Qe3 cxd4 24.Qxd4 Qa3 is a note in a book of a French man living in Japan. Its conclusion is : little better for black. But he could be wrong. Else <frenchfan> Joyeux Noel.
Dec-23-08  zzzzzzzzzzzz: both players are quite aggresive during the game
Dec-24-08  tivrfoa: very nice game =D
Mar-20-09  WhiteRook48: this game was heaven
Jan-10-10  micartouse: GM Kasparov's comments after 11. Kxd2:

<Threatening the patent 'Euwe Attack' - Rh3! and Bxg6!>

This is true. Euwe often played against the French this way. Qg4, h4, Bd3, and an attack against the uncastled king position.

Jul-20-22  Mathematicar: Cool game.
Jan-29-23  tastywalrus02: i think i need to check Euwe games cos this is the line i play with white
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  nizmo11: Timman in <Max Euwe's best games>: "The best move was 13...Nxd4 as Glek played in Spoelman vs Glek, 2003."
This this leads to the same variant <Atking> shows. Timman agrees with the evaluation: [after 18...Bd7] "White should now have played 19.Qf3 Rag8 20.Rg3 after which the changes are roughly equal."

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