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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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Jul-13-06  dfelix: I missed it today, but black does have a forced perpetual by using the rook currently on the d-file to check the king at a8, b8, and c8. If ...Nxb8 then Re7+ wins, while if the king walk to d7 then Nxb6 is mate.

My "solution" was 28. Ra8+ Kb7 29. Ra7+ Nxa7 30. Re7+ Qxe7 31. Bxe7 and white wins. I somehow overlooked 29...Kxa7.

Jul-13-06  pawn52: Wow...I saw Re7+ but i didnt see the mate in 3 (or was it 2...too lazy to look right now LOL). It's good that I got it right, but if I can't figure out the continuation what good would getting it right do?
Jul-13-06  EmperorAtahualpa: YES! Found the entire combination! Didn't take me long either...around 30 seconds!
Jul-13-06  wgb: Finally I solved a Thursday puzzle.
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  patzer2: The daily puzzle solution 28. Re7+! offers up a Rook as a decoy sham sacrifice for a quick mating combination. See <YouRang>'s post for the two transposing mating possibilites.
Jun-18-08  micartouse: The final mating pattern reminds me of the exercise where White mates using three pieces without help of the king:

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The bishop and knight standing two squares apart create a wall in front of the Black king, and the rook then pushes the king back. The process is then repeated all the way to the back rank (the bishop goes to e4, knight to g4 in 2 moves, rook to h6+, etc).

In this game, the 3 pieces coordinate with similar lethal power, except it's the culmination of a charming combination.

Dec-17-08  Alphastar: 3 pieces always mate :)
Apr-14-09  luzhin: Actually, 27...Qf7 was a mistake, which loses on the spot. Black had to play 27...Kb7, although White would still have a decisive advantage. Funnily enough, the computer says that 25.Rd5-d8 is not the most accurate, and suggests 25.Bc1! with the killing threat of 26.Be3+.
Apr-15-09  drukenknight: why did black wait so long to take the h pawn?
Apr-15-09  DarthStapler: Taking it earlier really wouldn't have changed anything
Oct-07-09  WhiteRook48: I think all Euwe and REti did was checkmate each other
Oct-14-09  Cercatore: Last 3 moves was a MASTERPIECE!!!
Jan-21-10  TheChessVids: Masterpiece from Euwe, particularly his lovely endgame tactic. I must say, this "Euwe Attack" seems intriguing.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Rather odd to see one of the pioneers of hypermodernism give himself an overextended center. Simply treating White's opening as a regular Exchange CK might improve--5...Bf5; 6.Bg2,e6; 7.Nf3,Nf6.
Feb-16-10  TheChessVids: "Euwe little genius",
"Euwe win this time", or even "The Euwe Attack" would have been better. Seriously, mad Max, Euwe won this game, and this "Euwe attack" is hardly mad. This is the only time it has ever been played at a high level, and white came out on top. I also made a video analysing this game:
Feb-16-10  simonepierini: An Hypermodernist Euwe!!!
I didn't know this line of the Caro-Kann!!!
Feb-16-10  thegoldenband: <TheChessVids> Except that Euwe is pronounced something like "er-vuh" (or really "ör-vuh"), and not like the word "you".
Feb-16-10  shreyaslathi: i dont thnk he saw queen sac and ending tht far he just got pinned his rook made fair choice queen for 2 rooks !!! the mate line is really beautiful. this reminded me of karpovs demolition of topalav in 1994 linares.
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.
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