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Laszlo Szabo vs Max Euwe
"The Royal Tour" (game of the day Mar-22-2018)
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 6, Aug-20
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Alekhine System (D28)  ·  0-1



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Jun-18-04  offramp: The white king is hunted across every rank and every file.
Mar-09-06  notyetagm: A famous king hunt by Euwe, included in the Cozzen/Nunn book The King Hunt.
Mar-09-06  who: 36.Rab1 Ba2 is that correct?
Mar-09-06  suenteus po 147: It wasn't for nothing that old Max was a world champion, if only very briefly. He sure had it in for Szabo's king bishop in the opening!
Mar-09-06  notyetagm: <suenteus po 147> Check out the other great king hunt by Euwe in Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948.
Aug-15-07  wolfmaster: Great king hunt.
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  kevin86: An all-American king chase:in just 42 moves,white's king is chased along all eight ranks and all eight files-from the southeast corner to the northwest corner.

It's also funny how the pieces' location make the game look upside down--while the pawns look normal.

May-31-08  addiction to chess: Just an amazing king hunt.
Jan-14-09  WhiteRook48: so a queen tames two rooks.
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  plang: Played in the 6th round; Euwe's win left him tied with Botvinnik at 5 1/2 out of 6. Botvinnik ended up edging out Euwe by half a point in the 20 player round robin which was the first major tournament after Alekhine's death. Nowadays White often plays an early a4 avoiding Blacks strategy of 8..b5, 8..c4 and 10..Nb4 exchanging White's light squared bishop. White's sharpest continuation would have been 13 d5 (instead of 13 e4) and if 13..exd 14 e4 with dynamic play. The losing move, though, was 17 Qxc4?; 17 Qxd7+ would have left White with a playable game. When Euwe eliminated White's defensive knight with 29..Bxe1 the Black light-squared bishop became a powerhouse. 32 c4, clearing c3 for the King, looks like a better defense. 32..Bc2! would have won even quicker.
Sep-26-14  Eduardo Bermudez: "A game that plays itself" R. Fine
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  FSR: Nothing Compares 2 Euwe.
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  Phony Benoni: After traversing every rank and file, the White king must have said: "Eight is enough!"
Mar-22-18  RookFile: The game is strange. There are umpteen games where black gets plowed over by move 30, usually with white playing a sharp d5 or e4 thrust. The QGA is a neutralizing defense. It's unusual to see such a violent attack by black.
Mar-22-18  Honey Blend: I recall from one of Reuben Fine's books that I read before where he emphasized the importance of 8. ♘c3 in this variation of QGA, e.g. 8. ♘c3 b5 8. ♗b3 c4 9. ♗b2 ♘b4 10. ♗b1 and White keeps the Bishop pair:

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Or 8. ... cxd4 9. exd4 ♘xd4 10. ♘xd4 ♕xd4 11. ♖d1 perhaps followed by ♗e3, and White's position seems to be enough compensation for the pawn.

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Mar-22-18  morfishine: I never understood the over use of the term 'King Hunt'

Every game is a 'King Hunt' from move 1


Mar-22-18  paavoh: <Every game is a 'King Hunt' from move 1 >.

Haven't you ever won/lost by a big material difference, or by promoting your pawn, without an attack on the King?

With the overuse of the said term, I agree with you.

Mar-22-18  morfishine: <paavoh> Of course, I was being sarcastic

Perhaps I should stop being sarcastic

Mar-22-18  paavoh: Sorry <morfishine>, I failed to read it that way. Took it as it was written.

Perhaps I need special characters for sarcasm and other finer notions ;-)

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  thegoodanarchist: The Royal Euwe

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