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Milan Vidmar vs Max Euwe
"It's Not Euwe 'til It's Over" (game of the day Apr-07-2018)
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 16, Aug-19
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense. Euwe Variation (A48)  ·  1-0



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Dec-25-18  Saniyat24: amazingly Euwe got over that pretty quickly...!
Dec-25-18  Saniyat24: but from the frying pan Euwe was put into the pre-heated oven...!
Dec-25-18  JimNorCal: Always pleased when someone comments on this game and it pops up into the Recent Kibitz section. A great chance to come revisit the game!

Over the years this has grown to be one of my favorite combinations.

Sep-28-19  MelvinDoucet: I've just watched <The Luzhin Defense>. The position at move 34 was featured in the beginning of the movie but they misplaced the black rook on c1, which makes it illegal to play ♖d8# at the end of the combination.
Sep-28-19  Olavi: Jonathan Speelman was a consultant to the movie. Maybe they didn't check every detail with him - getting the atmosphere right is more important, after all - or perhaps Jon's sense of humour got the better of him.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Perhaps too famous for a puzzle, but the mating combination will always make this game rank among the greatest shocking comeback victories in chess history.
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  agb2002: Level 2: 43.?
Rubinstein vs H Duhm, 1926

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Nov-20-19  saturn2: 34. Re8+ Bf8 35. Rxf8+ Kxf8 36. Nf5+ Kg8 (after Qb4 or Rc5 comes Re8#) 37. Qf8+ Kxf8 38. Rd8# 
Nov-20-19  Carrots and Pizza: I got this one, but I cheated in a way. It's too famous. I've seen the queen sac before.

Still got it.

What a beautiful combo by Vidmar!

Nov-20-19  Walter Glattke: The clou is the queen sacrifice for sudden mate 37.Qf8+ Kxf8 38.Rd8# 37.Rd8+ Kh7 38.Qd3 Rc8+ 39.Kg2 2nd best way
Nov-20-19  AlicesKnight: Too well known as a puzzle, but still good to be reminded one more time. After Re8+ the only alternative to interposing is to move the K which costs Black the R and any last hope. So capture and let beauty take its course.....
Nov-20-19  WorstPlayerEver: A bit too famous. Oh well, those were the days when they let their pieces hang all over the board ;)
Nov-20-19  malt: A famous puzzle, what an escape!.
Nov-20-19  Andrew Chapman: <37.Rd8+ Kh7 38.Qd3 Rc8+ 39.Kg2 2nd best way> 38..Qh2
Nov-20-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: It comes a beautiful combination (and pay attention that Black threat ♕h2# next). 34.♖e8+ Then, if 34...♔h7? 35. ♕d3+ f5 36.♕xc2 end. Thus, 34...♗f8 (forced) 35.♖xf8+. Now, if 35...♔xf8? 36.♘f5+ (36...♔e8?? 37.♕e7#) 36...♔g8 37.♕f8+!! offers no escape: A- 37...♔xf8 38.♖d8# or B- 37...♔h7 38.♕g7#. Therefore, the game would follow: 35...♔g7 (♔h7 is worst). 36. ♖xf7+ ♕xf7 37.♘xf7 and even 37...♔xf7 is impossible due to 38.♕b3+ captures the ♖ and Euwe can give up with no pain. Maybe I just see this game before, I don't know.
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  gawain: What a delightful finish! I don't recall having seen this game before.
Nov-20-19  TheaN: Very recently featured in the Dutch 'Schaakmagazine' (the official magazine of the Dutch federation) in a section on rook and knight combinations.

Rightfully so. I have to admit that it looked familiar, but couldn't pinpoint what it was exactly.

White has to come in with force here as Black's threatening mate, so <38.Re8+> is not really a !. In hindsight, <38....Kh7!?> is Black's best move, at expense of <(38....Bf8 39.Rxf8+! Kxf8 (else Rxf7+ +-) 40.Nf5+ Kg8 (else Rd8#/Qe7#) 41.Qf8+!! Kxf8 (Kh7 42.Qg7#) 42.Rd8#)<>>. This is of course key, as after <39.Qd3+ +-> followed by f5 White can end the game with the risky 40.Qxc2 (allowing Black to go for a non-existent perpetual) or the safe 40.Qxf5+, simply going up a rook.

Nov-20-19  Everett: Really a beautiful mate here
Nov-20-19  RandomVisitor: Black's fatal mistake was 28...Qxd5 (28...Rc1!) and just before had winning chances with 27...Rd4

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<39/65 03:07 -2.24 27...Rd4 28.Ne4 Qe5 29.Qf3 Qxd5> 30.f6 Bf8 31.Qf1 Re8 32.Nc3 Rxe1 33.Rxe1 Qc5 34.Kh1 Rd2 35.Ne4 Bxe4 36.Bxe4 Rxb2 37.Qd3 Rf2 38.Rf1 Rxf1+ 39.Qxf1 d5 40.Bd3 Bd6 41.g3 Kf8 42.Qf5 Qc3 43.Ba6 Bxg3 44.Qc8+ Qxc8 45.Bxc8 Be5 46.Kg2 Bxf6 47.Bb7 d4 48.Kf3 Be5 49.Ba6 Ke7 50.Kg4 f6 51.Kh5 Ke6

Nov-20-19  Otoy: <chrisowen:> It is long overdue that you stop posting nonsense posts. It's not funny since long time ago. Why not post something others will benefit from.
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  FSR: Easy if one has seen it before.
Nov-20-19  landshark: Never seen this one before and solved it. Something must be coming over me - I'm starting to spot those Q-sacs several moves deep into positions - something I've never been able to do before.

Maybe I'm just setting myself up to whiff on the next Monday puzzle /:

Nov-20-19  RandomVisitor: Black had a nice, close to winning move on move 26

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<52/85 1:30:28 -2.96 26. ... Qxb2 27.Qxa7 R4c7 28.Qa4 Bc3> 29.Rf1 Bf6 30.Rf2 Qc3 31.Kh1 Kg7 32.Rfd2 Qa5 33.Qxa5 bxa5 34.Nd4 Bxd4 35.Rxd4 Kf6 36.Be4 h5 37.Kh2 Rc1 38.R1d3 R8c3 39.Rxc3 Rxc3 40.Bf3 h4 41.Ra4 Rc5 42.g3 Rc2+ 43.Kg1 hxg3 44.Rxa5 Ke5 45.Bh5 f6 46.Bf7 Kxf5 47.Ra3 Kf4 48.Ra4+ Ke5 49.Rg4 Bxd5 50.Bxd5 Kxd5 51.Rxg3 Rxa2 52.Rd3+ Ke5 53.Re3+ Kf4 54.Rd3 Ra6 55.Kg2 Ke4 56.Rd1 d5 57.Re1+ Kd4 58.Rd1+ Kc5 59.Rc1+ Kd6 60.h4 Ra2+ 61.Kg3

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  chrisowen: <otoy> thank-you generally done cad.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <shortsight: It's not difficult to see the combination, as it seems more like forced. <I rather take it as a failed sacrificial attack by Euwe>, and i wonder if 27 ... Qd4+ followed by 28 ... Qxd5 were the best moves. i thought it caused a lot of weaknesses at the co-ordination of pieces in the black camp.> [from page 1 of thread; posted Dec-10-04]

Apropos this point, and in particular the failure of Euwe's attack, Renaud and Kahn in <The Art of Checkmate> (tr. Jimmy Adams), Batsford ©2015, at page 101, comment that the primary time control for this event was at move 30. Leading up to 30. … Qxf5, both players apparently thought that 31. Nxd6 would be impossible due to the reply 31. … Qxh3+, which both players thought would force mate. It was only after zeitnot had passed that they both noticed that White’s queen on the far edge of the board was defending h3 along the rank.

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