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Max Euwe vs Richard Reti
"Max Out" (game of the day Apr-18-2009)
Match (1920), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, May-??
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  0-1

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Apr-18-09  WhiteRook48: message for white: Euwe lost!
Apr-18-09  patzer2: I've been recently reviewing the double attack tactical theme in Fred Reinfeld's "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations," and immediately recognized the position after 19. Kh1 (19...? Black to move) as number 274 in this collection.
Apr-18-09  patzer2: Surprisingly Reinfeld drags out his back-of-the-book solution with 21...Qxd1+ when 22. Kg2 Qg4+ or 22...Qg1+ lead to a longer and more difficult mate. Instead, Reti's 21...Qf3+ initiates a quick mate-in-two.
May-02-09  patzer2: Oops! I owe Fred Reinfeld a posthumous apology. In Reinfeld's problem 274 there is an extra White bishop added on g1 to complicate the situation, and this makes his "more complicated" solution correct.

However, the problem 17...? (Black to move) can be found as number 345 in Reinfeld's "1001 Winning Chess Sacrfices and Combinations." There (problem 345 on page 73) the solution is the same as the game continuation here.

May-02-09  patzer2: I have 17...Bh3! in my "discovered attack" game collection, which is the same category Reinfeld puts it under in his "1001..." combination book.
May-03-09  grz: <Check it out>

You're welcome. That is one of my favorite Fischer games.

May-28-11  metamorphysis: One of the best examples of a double rook sacrifice !
Jul-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <metamorphysis: One of the best examples of a double rook sacrifice !> 4 more Game Collection: 61_Double rook sacrifices
Feb-09-14
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  Sally Simpson: It is possible that some of this mini-masterpiece was worked out before the game.

In Kruegar - Reti 1914 this position was reached (Black to play)


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Reti played 14...Bg4 and won.

P Krueger vs Reti, 1914

Reti may have known that Euwe as White played this 9.Nxd4 line because Euwe played 9.Nxd4 v Kroone in 1919 and White won.

Euwe vs G Kroone, 1919

So come 1920 we have Reti as Black playing Euwe and reaching the same 1914 position he had against Kruegar.


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Here Reti played 14....Bd6 instead of 14...Bg4.

The incredible thing being that both moves offer a Rook.

One can imagine Reti prepping his up and coming match v Euwe sitting in his bedroom picking the bones out of each Rook sacrifice to see which one he considered best.

An extraordinary and instructive game with an interesting history.

Mar-28-14  ralph46: On move 17 black can win simply with Bf5 instead of Bh3 after 18 Qxa8 Bxe4 white cannot escape the mating net
Apr-11-14  KingPetrosian: Euwe played this game terribly. It's hard to believe such an esteemed player loses so much front before they even enter a middle game.
Apr-12-14  Olavi: Euwe was 18. If I'm not mistaken, no player had achieved any international esteem at that age except Alekhine, and none would (bar Reshevsky) before Klaus Junge.
Apr-12-14
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  perfidious: That said, even Alekhine had his moments as a youth of eighteen, to wit:

Karlsbad (1911)/Alexander Alekhine

As one might well expect, the young master's play was uneven, featuring such games as Burn vs Alekhine, 1911, from which Alekhine no doubt learnt a great deal, and Alekhine vs P F Johner, 1911, an unmitigated disaster in one of his few serious games featuring the White side of the King's Gambit.

Jan-09-15  visayanbraindoctor: One of the rarest sacs in chess, the double rook sac. Some masters go through all their lives never experiencing it. Companion brilliancy to

Reti vs Euwe, 1920

What are the chances of a double rook sacrifice played by the same players to occur in the same year (perhaps same match)? One in a zillion?

Jun-01-15  Catholic Bishop: There`s a longer and more sadistic mate after 20... Qf2+ with the king dying on e5
Jan-07-16
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  whiteshark: Max wasn't Reti (for this gambit)!
Apr-12-17  AlbertoDominguez: visayanbraindoctor - the two double-rook sacrifice games are indeed both from the same four-game match
Jan-18-18  sneaky pete: This game was apparently published in the Algemeen Handelsblad, May 22, 1920. I couldn't find that column at delpher, but the column of May 29 has a reference to the game and a mistake in the annotation.

https://www.delpher.nl/nl/kranten/v...

At the end Van Trotsenburg writes: "Mr. Réti rightly remarks that in the game Euwe vs Réti (column no. 336) the move 20... Qg4+ wins fastest. [...] The continuation indicated by us doesn'y mate that quickly."

So the game was played in May and Euwe resigned at leat one move earlier than shown here.

Jan-18-18  zanzibar: <
<twee paardensepl in de nahand

Een zeer interessante partij, die door den heer Réti op schitterende wijze behandeld is. Maar ook de heer Euwe verdient oen woord van lof voor de origineele wijze, volgens welke hij de opening behandeld heeft. Het offer, hoewel incorrect, was zeker niet makkelijk te weerleggen en heeft in elk geval de verdienste, dat het tot het ontstaan van deze belangwekkende partij aanleiding heeft gegeven. Ter vergelijking nog eene partij uit de match Bniwe—Kee.i_.iuk, in welke dezelfde opening gekozen werd.>

Two equine splits in the aftermath

A very interesting party, which has been beautifully treated by Mr. Réti. But Mr. Euwe also deserves a word of praise for the original way, according to which he dealt with the opening. The sacrifice, although incorrect, was certainly not easy to refute and in any case has the merit that it gave rise to the creation of this interesting party.

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Jan-18-18  zanzibar: Interesting position if 11.Bc1-h6 (slightly stronger?), instead of 11.Bg5:

(Black to move)


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It actually was played one time in <MillBase>, where White went on to win, in this corr game

<Cappello -- Lucidi
1-0 (15) C56h 1953
corr Italy: Corr Italy (1)>

Black played 11...Kf7 vs the strong 11...Qb6 or 11...Qc5.

Cappello is Guido Cappello

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guido...

Lucidi is Giuseppe Lucidi

https://wikivisually.com/lang-it/wi...

Jan-18-18  zanzibar: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campi...

is better thank very last link.

Mar-31-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Let's see--after 14.Rad1 White has completed his development, taken control of the center, and castled his King into safety. Black? Only one piece developed, his Queen, which is usually disastrous, his King has lost the privilege of castling, and he has a weakened pawn structure.

Therefore, Black mates White in fewer than 10 moves. Oh, yeah, chess makes lots of sense.

Mar-30-19
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  Marcelo Bruno: Raymond Keene asked in one of his books if in this game and another one from the match, with the same theme (Rook double sacrifice) Reti was inspired by Anderssen's Immortal Game.
Dec-21-21  Mathematicar: A nice fighting game. It seems that R�ti likes to complicate the game in the opening. Sometimes it doesn't work. Sometimes it does.
Dec-21-21  Mathematicar: Reti* (with correct accent).
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