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Max Euwe vs George Alan Thomas
Hastings (1934/35), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-31
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Classical Variation (D69)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: 26.♖f6? looks tempting but after ...♕e7! it's not so clear anymore. But there's simply no answer to 26.♗d5.
Mar-12-04  Checkmate123: 26. d5 is nicely done.
Apr-16-04  notsodeepthought: White finishes nicely but was there nothing better than 25 ... Rd6? Could 25 ... Qd4 hold?
Apr-16-04  John Doe: If for example Be6 then black wins
26... Qxg2+ 27. Rxg2 Rxf1#

or 27. Qxg2 Rxf2 28. Rxf2 Rd1+ 29. Rf1 Rxf1#

Apr-16-04  TrueFiendish: not so deep thought: 25.Qg5 is a great move, threatening mate on f6. For instance, if 25...Qd4 26.Rd2! Or 25...h5 26.Qh6+ Qh7 27.Qf6+. Or 25...Qc6 26.Qe5+
Apr-16-04  karlzen: <John Doe>, I'm afraid you're missing something there. After 26.Be6? Qxg2+ 27.Qxg2 Rxf2 white does not answer with 28.Rxf2 but with Wxb7 winning. Thus, black has to take back at g2 immediately with a drawing endgame.

<notsodeepthought>, <truefiendish>, 25...Qd4 26.Rd2 Rd5! 27.Qe7 Qg7 28.Rdf2 Rb5 and Rf5 if Kg1 and white has to fight to win. Instead 25...Qd4 26.Bd5! is still winning. 26...Rfe8 (26...Rxf2 doesn't work because the black king gets into too much trouble) 27.Rf4 and black must loose his bishop or queen when white wins, still some concentration required though.

26...h5 27.Rf3! threatening Qxh5+, Qe5+, Rh3#.

Apr-16-04  pikoro: What if 26...Rxf2 threatening mate? If 27.Bxe4, then ...Rxf1++. If 27.Rxf2...Qe1++ There's something wrong here somewhere...
Apr-16-04  gerando: 26.. Tf2 27 Dg8 mat
Apr-16-04  karlzen: I will translate for clarity, hope you don't mind <gerando>: 26...Rxf2 27.Qg8# <pikoro>.
Apr-16-04  kevin86: Brilliant!!! White attacks the queen,threatens mate at f8 and prevents 26...♖xf2 as 27 ♕g8 is mate Note:black was threatening 26...♖xf2 27 ♖xf2 ♕e1 and mate next but white's move is one jump ahead!
Apr-16-04  John Doe: The queen is pinned by the bishop
Apr-16-04  Lancet: So, the last place to improve Black's play is on the 24th move. As a matter of fact, I don't quite get the idea of 24...Rcd8. To force White to move his Queen to a better place? (joking)

While it is hard to attack the white King at the moment, the black King can be hurt in many ways. Therefore Black should first focus on the safety of his own King. For example, after 24...Qg4 Black would control the g-file while keeping press on g2.

Apr-16-04  acirce: 24...Qg4 is quite logical, as Lancet says. Not easy to play as White after that really. You don't want to play a move like 25. Kg1 but that's maybe a good idea anyway to make possible the bishop's moving away from f7 and exchange of one of the rook pairs and thereafter a healthy position with a pawn more. (On 25. Bb3?? comes 25...Qxg2+ of course.)
Apr-17-04  karlzen: I agree that 24...Qg4 is definitely better than the choice of Thomas. However, black's position is not a pleasant one for white seems to have all time in the world finding the correct plan, black's king is just too exposed. Two sample lines run:

25.Rf4 Qg5 when white can exchange some pieces with Qd4+ and Bb3 or 26.h4!? Qg7 27.Be6! with a great position or 26...Rcd8 27.Qe2 Qg7 28.R1f2 Bc6 (if black does not exchange, he will be terminated) 29.Qh5 Be8 30.Bxe8 Rdxe8 31.Rf7 when all that is needed is some endgame technique that Euwe definitely has got.

25.Kg1 (I agree <acirce>) 25...a5 (black does "nothing"; 25...Rcd8 26.Be6!) 26.Bb3 Rxf2 27.Qxf2 Qg7 28.Qd2 Qe5 (again black does not seem to be able to do anything much) 29.h3 Qg7 30.Rf5! Be4 31.Rc5! Ra8 32.Rxa5! Qxg2+ 33.Qxg2 Bxg2 34.Rxa8 Bxa8 35.Kf2 winning the b-pawn and thus the game. Or 25...Rfd8 26.Qe3 Qe4 27.Qg5 Qd4 28.Kh1 Rf8 29.Qh5 Rc7 30.Bc4 and white wins after a fight.

Apr-17-04  acirce: Good analysis karlzen, I agree with those lines except maybe <25.Rf4 Qg5 when white can exchange some pieces with Qd4+ and Bb3>, a little depending on whether I understand you right :) It seems to be something like 26. Qd4+ Qg7 27. Qxg7+ Kxg7 28. Bc4 (Bb3 is impossible) Rxf4 29. Rxf4 Bd5! 30. b3 Bxc4 31. bxc4 Rd8 with active counterplay on the 1st and 2nd rows - I don't know about the final verdict here but I would be happy as Black to have reached this position. Maybe 28. h4!? Anyway 26. h4 seems also good here like you also suggested.
Apr-18-04  karlzen: <acirce>, I didn't express myself clearly enough I see. I meant that white could check on d4, exchange queens and then prepare Bb3 by h3/4 and Kh2. Say 28.h3 a5 29.Kh2 h6 30.Bb3 Rxf4 31.Rxf4 when white should win.
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  Chessical: Euwe stated in "From my Chess Games 1920-1937" that 24...Qg4 followed by 25...Qg7 should have been played. He gives no further analysis, probably because he cannot find any realistic defence.

After: <24...Qg4> 25.Kg1! Qg7 26.Be6 Rxf2 27.Rxf2 Re8 28.Qxb4, Thomas is left with no constructive moves.

Apr-18-04  acirce: Then I agree, karlzen. And thank you Chessical.
Apr-19-04  TrueFiendish: karlzen: yes, my "analysis" was totally wrong and a poor excuse for analysis indeed (particularly 26...h5 27.Qh6+?), while your lucid effort was informative while not patronising. Compliments! (Note to self: Using a board and pieces to look at complicated positions must inevitably assist those of limited powers.)
Apr-22-04  karlzen: <TrueFiendish>, thx and you're welcome!
Nov-07-10  sevenseaman: 26. Bd5 is a very elegant way of getting the B out of the way of his Rooks and cutting link between the Black B and Q.
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  FSR: Nothing Compares to Euwe.
May-04-15  Capnhaddock: in Euwe's notes he says that 23...Rad8 gives better drawing chances after 24Qg5, Rg8. But it seems to me that he has overlooked 25Rg6! As this seems to win(eg. 25....Rxg6; 26Qxd8+,Kg7; 27 Bd5 winning, as in the game). I know this an old thread but I had to post the analysis somewhere!
Mar-24-22  Mathematicar: Nice puzzle.

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