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Max Euwe vs Paul Keres
Euwe - Keres (1939/40), Amsterdam NED, rd 5, Dec-30
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Feb-02-05  hjsukthankar: Dominating play by Keres.
Feb-02-05  ughaibu: Was Estonia occupied by nazis at the time? Euwe probably threw the game.
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  meloncio: <ughaibu> Yes, in 1940 Estonia was occupied ... but for the Stalin's Red Army, exactly 23 july 1940. The nazis came there one year after.
Feb-02-05  ughaibu: Maybe Euwe feared the "commies" even more.
Feb-02-05  hjsukthankar: This game was played in Amsterdam.
Feb-02-05  ughaibu: . . . . and. . . .
Feb-02-05  hjsukthankar: ...and why would an occupation of Estonia lead Euwe to throw a game to Keres?
Feb-02-05  ughaibu: Expansionism? Compassion?
Feb-02-05  hjsukthankar: Ok, that's one theory. My theory is that Keres just happened to outplay Euwe in this game.
Feb-02-05  ughaibu: I agree.
Aug-04-14  sneaky pete: Game 5, Amsterdam, December 30.
Dec-05-14  parisattack: <sneaky pete> Do you by chance have the book "The Fourteen Games Played In The Match Between Paul Keres and Dr. Max Euwe." (Original Annotations to Two Games by Dr. Emmanual Lasker #s 5 & 9)?

I have the Buschke catalogue (1941) advertising the book, but have never seen a copy.

Dec-06-14  sneaky pete: <parisattack> No,that book is unknown to me. I have the original Dutch match book: Dr. Max Euwe, Euwe - Keres 1939/40, published by De Schaakwereld in 1940. Annotations by Euwe only, no trace of Lasker.
Dec-06-14  parisattack: OK, thank you. One of a half-dozen or so chess book mysteries I've not been able to solve.
Dec-06-14  zanzibar: Of publishers have been know to modify contents of new editions to increase sales.

This webpage lists both Buschke and Lasker as co-authors.

Dec-06-14  parisattack: Interesting, thanks <zanzibar>. I am guessing Buschke may have talked Lasker into annotating a couple of games? This was before Buschke moved to his Village digs. The catalogue address is on Staton Island: 'Dr. Albrecht Buschke Books and Autographs - Specialty: Chess.' He also wrote articles for CCLA in those years.
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  fredthebear: Opposite Colored Bishop endings tend to be drawish, but not here. Black has an overwhelming advantage with an outside passer on each side of the board. Black can easily force White to give up his remaining bishop to prevent promotion of the passed h-pawn.

In the final position, White is forced to play 40.g4 to open up the diagonal so his bishop can prevent the outside passer advance 40...h2. Now the Black king marches up the board 40...Kg5 and continues KxPg4, Kf3, Kg2, h2. Bxh2 is forced followed by KxBh2. At some point, Black also plays the protective blockade move Be6, killing two birds w/one stone. The White king cannot get across the board in time to be of use.

At some point, this position will be reached...
W: Kd4, e5 (2).
B: Kf4, Be6 shuffle to Ba2, f7 (3).

The White king will not not be able to protect his lone remaining e-pawn by himself, reaching a zugzwang in the above position where he must use his turn to move away allowing the Black king to capture the abandoned e-pawn. Once the White e-pawn falls, the Black f-pawn can be safely advanced for promotion to a new queen, and she will deliver checkmate.

Black's remaining bishop might not make anymore captures in this game, but it serves a defensive role protecting it's f-pawn, blocking the opposing e-pawn, and can make a useful waiting move for Black to pass the move to White when White would rather remain still and not move.

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