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Max Euwe vs Herman Pilnik
Amsterdam (1950), Amsterdam NED, rd 19, Dec-09
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Exchange Variation with 6.e4 (D72)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: "Donner once told me that Euwe lost a game - I think it was at Amsterdam, 1950, against Pilnik - and afterwards Euwe didn't understand the mistakes he had made; and to Donner, to me, to Pilnik, to a lot of people it was obvious that Euwe had allowed his opponent a strong position where he had this blockading knight, and it seemed as if Euwe didn't understand this, which was really strange". - Bent Larsen.
Jan-09-07  euripides: <Benzol> thanks for this - I remember this quotation and am glad to see the game. Euwe's subsequent 'Judgement and Planning in Chess' makes a big thing out of strong knights against bad bishops. The strong players who write middle game books are often not those who understand it all intuitively, but those who have had to work it out.
Jan-09-07  nescio: <Benzol> Euwe must have understood later. In the (Dutch) Amsterdam tournament book he wrote after 11.Nf4 (translation by me):"[...]With this move White provokes the following reply, which gives him a protected passed pawn. But the value of such a passed pawn is positionally dubious if it can be stopped - as is the case here."

Euwe later improved with 10.a4 (Euwe vs Smyslov, 1953) and 10.Nec3 (Euwe vs Keres, 1953).

Dec-19-14  drunknite: its easy to see why Euwe was so frustrated by this game, it appears to be a lost game for something like 30 moves, as far as I can tell.

42 Nb1 is almost certainly a mistake and can be improved on with Kg2 or something, that should hold.

The real challenging problem is to see if 46 Rf1+ can save the game. unclear but it appears to hold.

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  Tabanus: Picture from this game:
Aug-15-19  gambitfan: 1) mated-in-21 (26 ply) 78.♗d5 ♗g4 79.♔c5 ♗f3 80.♗e6 g2 81.♔d6 g1=♕ 82.♔e7 ♕g7+ 83.♔d6 ♕g3+ 84.♔d7 ♗g4 85.♗xg4 ♕xg4+ 86.♔c7 ♕b4 87.♔c6 ♕d4 88.♔b7 ♔f3 89.♔c7 ♕c5+ 90.♔b8 ♔f4 91.♔a8 ♔e5 92.♔b7 ♔e4 93.♔a8 ♔d5 94.♔b7 ♕g1

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