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Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 3, Nov-10
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation. Symmetrical Line (D14)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-04  shr0pshire: Through move 9 on the Queen's Slav Exchange Variation, does this have a name? Where the G pawn is pushed? Alekhine uses it twice against Euwe in the late 1930s, and I was wondering if this variation has a name.

Pink Panther, since you are good with openings, maybe you can help me here. Or someone else that knows a lot about openings, just what this variations name is, or if it has a name.

Feb-13-04  shr0pshire: In this database Alekhine and Euwe play through move 9 in four different games in 1938. Then no one really plays it after that. Why is that? And does anyone know any more about that? Or want to throw out some guesses?
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  beatgiant: <In this database Alekhine and Euwe play through move 9 in four different games in 1938. Then no one really plays it after that. Why is that?>

I think this database contains duplicates of the same one Alekhine-Euwe game. As to why the line wasn't popular after this, maybe the fashion was influenced by white's strong result in this game.

Aug-01-04  Calli: You are correct. The other three are duplicates. This 41 move version is right. I have submitted a correction for the other three. Hey, we just improved Euwe's record.
Aug-19-09  WhiteRook48: but Alekhine was still better against him
Mar-13-13  Naniwazu: This was their last game against each other playing the Slav Defense. They played it alot during their World Championship matches. The overall score was seven wins for Euwe, seven for Alekhine with 11 draws. This despite the Slav being one of Euwe's main defenses as Black.
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  Miguel Medina: 31.Be4!?...or not?
Jul-17-15  sneaky pete: Better not. Euwe gives the line 31.Be4+ Nxe4 32.Rg7+ Kh8 33.Rxf7+ Kg8 34.Rxd7 Nxc5

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I doubt if white is still winning. After 31.Qa3 .. on the other hand, black has no defence.

Jul-24-16  cunctatorg: 24. h6!!...
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  offramp: <shr0pshire: Through move 9 on the Queen's Slav Exchange Variation, does this have a name?...>

ECO codes seem to stop at the following:
<D14 QGD Slav: exchange variation, 6.Bf4 Bf5: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5>

The variation with 9.g4 doesn't show up very often. It wasn't played in the 1970s, 80s or 90's, then once in 2001 and then this one: B Thompson vs D Yang, 2009, which could be the most recent.

I think it deserves to be named after Alekhine. Something like <QGD Slav: Exchange variation, Alekhine.>

BTW, I think that ECO codes should have three numbers, so this game would be eg D146.

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  harrylime: <cunctatorg: 24. h6!!...>

Yeah this is cool !

24.. Rh6 ?!

Gotta say I'm playing thru Alekhine's games just now and it's leaving a massive impression on me.

May-14-18  archangelo spumoni: 24...Ne7 seems better than ...gxh6. If then 25.hxg7 Kxg7 and black threatens ...Rc8. White still has an advantage, but not as bad as move played.
May-29-23  Mathematicar: Why not 24... Rxh6?
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  beatgiant: <Mathematicar> <Why not 24... Rxh6?> Because Black wants to keep the rook available to cover the queenside threats in case White plays the pawn breaks there.

For example 24...Rxh6 25. a4 Na7 26. c4 looks great for White.

May-29-23  Mathematicar: <beatgiant> Thanks for clearing this for me.

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