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Max Euwe vs Richard Reti
"Mad Max" (game of the day Feb-16-2010)
Match (1920), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Jun-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Euwe Attack (B10)  ·  1-0



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Feb-16-10  RandomVisitor: 6...Nf6 might lead to an early black advantage.
Feb-16-10  Yodaman: What can white do if 25. Nxd8?
Feb-16-10  Yodaman: Oh, I see. If 25. ...Nxd8 then 26. Bd4+ Ka8 (or b8) 27. Bb6 and black is a goner.
Feb-16-10  Yodaman: But, wait! After 25. ...Nxd8 26. Bd4+ Ka8 27. Bb6 black can play 27... gxh2+ 28. Kf2 Qd7 29. Rxd8+ Qxd8 30. Bxd8 31. h1=Q

I obviously missed something, but I don't see it. What are the best moves following 25. ...Nxd8?


Feb-16-10  Yodaman: Never mind, I found it: 25. ...Nxd8 26. Bd4+ Ka8 (if Kb8 then 27. Be5 and black loses his queen) 27.Nb6 Ka7 (if Kb8 then 28. Be5 and black loses his queen) 28. Nd5+ and black loses his queen anyways.
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  kevin86: A neat finish:rook,knight,and bishop sack the enemy king. REDDOGGING in action!
Feb-16-10  desiobu: Besides the weak central pawns, if the bishop was on f5 instead of e6 some of white's tactical threats would be taken away, and black could better handle the exchanges in the center.
Feb-16-10  RandomVisitor: The last chance for black to achieve equal chances <might> be 10...Qd7, preventing the immediate 11.d4:

1: Max Euwe - Richard Reti, Amsterdam m ;HCL 28 1920

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <21-ply>

<1. (0.13): 10...Qd7> 11.Nb5 Be7 12.c4 d4 13.Rfe1 Kf7 14.Nbxd4 exd4 15.Nxd4 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 Ba3 17.Bc3 Bg4 18.Qe4 Rb8 19.Qe3 Ne7 20.Qxa7 Bd6 21.a4 Rhe8 22.Qb6 Kg8 23.Qb5 Nc6

2. (0.29): 10...Nge7 11.Nb5 Qd7 12.c4 0-0 13.Nxd6 Qxd6 14.d4 e4 15.Nd2 f5 16.f3 e3 17.Qxe3 f4 18.Qf2 Nf5 19.Rfe1 Bf7 20.cxd5 Bxd5 21.Nf1 h5 22.Rad1 Rae8 23.Rxe8 Rxe8 24.Bc1 g5 25.Bb2 Qe6

Feb-16-10  tatarch: A knight on the rim is dim ... but not in this game
Feb-16-10  WhiteRook48: well, Reti beat Euwe like 4 times, so this is his revenge...
Feb-16-10  GMMandetowitch: 25-Tdd8 was the sort of brilliant beautiful move which the player with the black pieces is likely to overlook.Amazing game by Euwe,altough the opening moves can look a bit weird for modern day chess,there was nothing wrong with them at all.I'm a big fan of this game ! ;)
Oct-23-10  sevenseaman: A rare game powered by clear thought.
Dec-19-10  eightbyeight: It could also have happened the other way around: 29. ... Kb8 30. Bd6+ Ka(c)8 31. Nxb6#.
Mar-05-11  Atking: I love it! I'm sure Reti applaud too. Euwe played it brillantly and with an Hypermodern mind!
Mar-06-11  Wyatt Gwyon: The more Euwe games I go over, the more I feel he's underrated. His sense of strategy was profound.
Mar-06-11  Atking: Underrated by many maybe because he was by nature, a modest man <Wyatt Gwyon>
Nov-24-11  sevenseaman: What a game! A puzzle setter wouldn't know where to pick off.
May-20-13  thomastonk: <blunderclap> This is nothing but a bad Reti game. In particular, 25.♖dd8 makes things unnecessary complicated. Please, have a look at 25.♗c1, for example.

I criticize Reti's play, because Black is already lost after 17.. h4 and 18.. hxg3: no real threats on the king side, but he sacs his center!

<Atking>'s remark on hypermodern mind is quite correct. In 1920, Reti played the openings still "old-fashioned", but Euwe's double fianchetto is really nice. Moreover, Euwe wasn't dogmatic, because he played 11.d4 (a move that could have been played even one move earlier). Compare this with the famous game Reti vs Lasker, 1924. Here, Reti had several occasions to play e4 and to get thereby an equal game at least, but advancing center pawns so much was impossible for him during this period.

May-21-13  thomastonk: <blundercap: When a human sees Rdd8 he knows he has a winning game.> I am a human, too, but I knew that White had a winning advantage many moves before. That's probably the reason why I was not too impressed by this move.

When I criticize Reti's play, then I don't blame Euwe. He seized his chance: well done! And, please, don't forget what I wrote about 11.d4.

Euwe was just 19 years old, when he played it, and he was still far away from the world elite. But this game was his first win against such a master, it is short and contains interesting strategic and tactical aspects, and so it is understandably included in many collections of Euwe's games.

Reti, however, was "Chess Master in residence" in the Netherlands. In 1919/1920 he lived there for about one year and played with the local players all kinds of games: simuls, blindfold, consultation and individual games and matches. He repeated a similar engagement in 1927/28. I have collected more than 80 games of these periods from Dutch newspapers, and my overall impression is: he made experiments! He lost far too many games, if you look at his opponents' strength, and he saved many in an incredible manner (and he won many pretty games, of course). He was testing his borders, he was a "searching mind, and every new insight was given to him only after much frustration" as he said about himself according to his brother Rudolf.

So, these impressions strongly influence my view of Reti, and hence of this game, too.

Jan-18-18  sneaky pete:

The column by Van Trotsenburg in the Algemeen Handelsblad, July 3, 1920, shows that black resigned after 29.Rd7+ .. and the last two moves shown here were not really played.

Jan-18-18  sneaky pete:

This is the game as published on pages 130/131 of the June 1920 issue of the Tijdschrift with notes by Euwe. At the top it says "played in June". To my surprise, Euwe gives the extended version with mate at move 31 instead of resignation at move 29. You don't know who you can trust anymore.

Jan-18-18  zanzibar: I think I trust the newspaper report in this case.
Jan-18-18  zanzibar: (Reti likely would be able to see the two M2's)

Nice coordination of minor pieces + rook at the end.

Dec-26-18  DonChalce: this game reminds me of that classical Blackburne's mate. Euwe, Fischer and Blackburne combinations and endgames are pure gold.
Dec-26-18  sudoplatov: A quick check with the stock Stockfish engine shows that Black is doing well but 9....Bd6 gives White almost a Pawn advantage. The advantage continues to drift toward White.
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