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Svetozar Gligoric vs Max Euwe
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 22, Oct-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner Variation (E41)  ·  1-0



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Apr-18-03  Rookpawn: Trifunovic suggested that Black play 38... h6 instead of the text, leading to an exchange of pawns and a very good chance of a draw.
Oct-09-04  The Analyst: In his games collection "I Play Against Pieces", Gligoric gives an interesting point about this game: " It was also possible to play 17...Rfd8."
(preventing the tactic on White's 21st move) The only drawback I can see with that is the weakening of the f7-square - which is highlighted after 18 Qd3 Bb6 19 Ng5 Qh6 20 Nxf7 Kxf7 21 Bxg4 Bxc5 22 bxc5, when White has the initiative and a pawn for the exchange. If White had tried this after 17...Rad8, then 18 Qd3 Bb6 19 Ng5 Qh6 20 Nxf7 Rxf7 21 Bxg4 Bxc5 22 bxc5 would not be as good, as Black's rooks are more active, and his king is a bit safer. Also, Gligoric says it was adjourned after the 40th move, while Bronstein in the tournament book says it was adjourned after the 44th. Does anyone know who was correct?
Apr-20-05  aw1988: An easy draw was Rg1+ (instead of h2??) Kxh3 Rh1+ Kg4 Rxh6 gxh6 f6 exf6 Kf7 Kf5 Kf8 Ke6 Ke8 and despite being two pawns down there is nothing white can do. I can't believe Euwe missed this.
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  4tmac: aw1988 it is 2008 and we have tablebases.

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The position at "despite being 2 pawns down ... is won for white! 1. f7+ K-f8 2. K-d6!! KxP 3. K-d7!! K-f8 (K-g6 4.K-e7 or K-f6 4.K-e8) 4. K-e6 K-e8 5. f5 K-f8 6. K-f6 K-g8 7. K-e7 and the pawn walks in & mates. If white is permitted to win the h pawn the win is easy.

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  whiteshark: <4tmac: <aw1988 it is 2008 and we have tablebases.>> ... it is 2010 and we have teh link:


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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 22 I selected this game to cover:
May-22-16  finbarc: Black's move 37 is wrong - should be Rb7 rather than Rb2.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 78. f6 works in 13
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  plang: The develpopment of the bishop on e2 rather than d3 is unusual. Gligoric felt it would be better placed on that square in the isolated pawn middlegame that he was aiming for. The position after 9..Bxc5 can also be reached via a sideline of the Tarrasch Defense. 17..Rfd8 would have been an improvement avoiding the finesse that White subsequently played on his 21st move (21 Rd1!). 25 Qd2! would have been better forcing the weakening 25..f5. 38 g5!? was an interesting attempt to complicate before the time control but as mentioned in the initial post had Black responded 38..h6 the resulting simplification would likely have resulted in a draw. 39..Rb3? was an error; better would have been 39..Re7 (as mentioned above Black's actual 37 move was 37..Rb7 not 37..Rb2) with the idea of 39..Re6 and ..h6. After 44..h4? ceding the g4 square to White the game could no longer be saved; better was 44..Rh2.

A very instructive ending

Dec-24-18  Ychromosome: At move 20 white occupies eight dark squares.
Feb-02-19  sallyx: Move 37. is Rb7, not Rb2 according to the Bronstein Zurich international chess tournament 1953 book
May-01-19  sallyx: Move 37. is Rb7 also according to A Guide to Chess Endings by Max Euwe 1959
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