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Max Euwe vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Capablanca - Euwe (1931), Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Scheveningen NED, rd 8, Jul-26
Bogo-Indian Defense: Monticelli Trap (E11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-18-05  RookFile: Apparently, 45. h4 wins for

Apr-19-05  drukenknight: I guessh he brings his K to d5 and the pawn gives check on e4, black's K retreats and white R to a6 to pin the pawn?
Sep-20-05  paladin at large: <RookFile> That's a very interesting, if hard to see line for white. I see no refutation - I would be interested in what our stronger players or machines think of the line.

In fact, Capablanca is in a very difficult ending and finds tricky solutions otb. 33.....e4+ is a fine move (if 34. Kxe4 Sc3+) which enables Capa to get his knight back in play. Capa's general plan succeeds, which seems to be to sacrifice the queenside pawns which cannot queen, for enough of white's kingside pawns.

Jan-25-08  jovack: Sc3+ ... wth are you talking about

maybe you mean Nc3+
unless there is another notation for making knight moves that I am not familiar with

Jan-25-08  Gilmoy: S = springer = knight in German and Danish (and springare in Swedish). The scientific book publisher Springer uses a chess knight as its corporate logo.

For a nice table of chess abbreviations in many languages, see Wikipedia, Algebraic chess notation, section 5 Romantic languages typically name the horse, so C = caballo et al. in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, and Esperanto, and E = eques in Latin. French names the nobleman who rides the horse, so C = cavalier, exactly analogous to English knight.

Jan-25-08  paladin at large: Sorry <jovack>, I was rummaging through one of my German sources on the game. Thanks <Gilmoy> for the abbreviations link.
Jan-29-08  paladin at large: <Rookfile><Apparently, 45. h4 wins for white. > Yes, oddly enough, Emil Gelenczei, in his book "Spiel mit gegen Grossmeister!" (Play along against Grandmasters), gives Euwe a ! for 45. Ra7 - a3. This was in 1980, 49 years after the game.
Jun-26-09  AnalyzeThis: This was Euwe's chance. He needed to convert this one for a win.
Jan-17-13  LIFE Master AJ: Interest in these lines ...
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  paulalbert: Thanks <AJ>, That link was a good, concise explanation of the Monticelli Trap and the relevant lines.
Jan-17-13  LIFE Master AJ: Your welcome ... and a belated Happy Birthday.
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  Benzol: Does 24.Qb8 Rxc8 25.Qxc8+ Kg7 26.Qc3+ Kg8 27.a3 win?
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  perfidious: <Paul> I think Euwe would have retained winning chances in your line after 27....Nc6 28.Qxa5 Nxa5 29.Rxd6. Black still has a pawn for the exchange, but the open lines favour the rook.
Dec-03-14  Karpova: On 45...Nf3+, De Telegraf* notes that Capablanca had 4 minutes for 11 moves left.

* De Telegraf, 27 July 1931, p. 10,

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  woldsmandriffield: An amazing theoretical battle. 21 Qxc7 for Euwe and 21..Nxd5 for Capabalnca look critical. Euwe certainly wins the opening duel.

Slightly better appears 23..g5 but White still has a big edge. In the game, Euwe establishes a winning position eg 31 e4 or 32 Qd6 followed by e4. Instead, he opted to trade to an ending which should still have been winning.

The win finally slipped after Euwe passively routed his King d4-d3-d2. Aggression with 46 Kd4 g5 47 Ra8 g4 48 Rf8+ Kg5 49 hxg4 hxg4 50 Ke4 +-

The match would be tied at 1:1 if Euwe had converted his advantage.

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