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Efim Geller vs Max Euwe
"Game Euwe" (game of the day Sep-16-2009)
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 2, Aug-31
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch. O'Kelly Variation (E26)  ·  0-1

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Sep-16-09  lzromeu: <MaczynskiPratten:> Great comment. thanks. 22Rh8 is really unmazing move. Fatal counteratack.
Sep-16-09
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  Eggman: One of the best puns Euwe?
Sep-16-09
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  Phony Benoni: If the pun seems familiar, look here: Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929
Sep-16-09  chillowack: <andymac: Best. Pun. Ever. Why have we not seen it before? Even if in Dutch it's "Game Ow-er".>

I heard "Euwe" was pronounced sort of like "Er-ver," is that not correct?

It's this pronunciation that makes me love the pun--because for once, the pun is based on the *actual* pronunciation of the player's name, rather than an "Americanization", as we have too often seen.

Sep-17-09
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  Stonehenge: Sigh.
Sep-17-09  sneaky pete: Reuze leuk, jeuk amme neus en de hele reutemeteut.

I once tried to teach a German girl Dutch with the pronunciation exercise <Tante Trui uit de Spuistraat fruit huilend de uitjes in het tuinhuis>. Before we could move on to the <eu> however, she escaped and was never seen again.

Feb-17-10  SuperPatzer77: Euwe's brilliant move is 22...Rh8!!!! O' Divine!! What a counterplay by Black!!

23. Qxh8 Rc2!, 24. Rc1 Rxg2+, 25. Kf1 Qb3! (preventing 26. Be3 and stronger than 25...Qa2), 26. Ke1 Qf3! (White has no defense against the inevitable checkmate) 0-1

If Max Euwe were alive, I'd have bought Max Euwe and myself Amstel Light beer imported from Holland and said to him "Cheers to Max Euwe". :-D

SuperPatzer77

Aug-14-10  sevenseaman: Very clever!
Dec-25-11  talisman: <SuperPatzer77> you are right. the counterattack plan starts on move 16 however. This game won a brilliancy also.
Jul-13-12  tarek1: GM Boris Alterman commented on this game on ICC today in this video https://webcast.chessclub.com/icc/i... (link works for ICC members). It was part of his "Art of defense" series, #4.
May-20-13  RookFile: An excellent counter-attack and great play by Euwe.
Jun-25-13  talisman: after 21 moves it looks like black is crumbling...the his 22nd comes!
Jul-02-14
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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 2 I selected this game to cover: http://youtu.be/zpGDaXLmsqg
Sep-03-14
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  Mating Net: While this game will always be about one of the best moves of all time 22...Rh8!! there is an under rated quiet move that makes it possible, 11...Ne8. Black protects his dark squares after he exchanged off his dark squared Bishop. If not for this move, Black gets mated and 22...Rh8!! does not occupy its place in chess history.
Nov-12-14  tranquilsimplicity: Indeed. Rh8!! is the move of the game. Game Euwe.#
May-21-17
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  thegoodanarchist: 22...Rh8 is a move of startling beauty.
Dec-03-18  MrJafari: Although Euwe played well, I think White had some inaccuracies that let him to play that way...And I'll add this game to my collections...
Dec-03-18
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  tamar: Best game ever in Euwe ouevre?
Dec-03-18
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  keypusher: <tamar> The author one of my early chessbooks -- can't remember which one -- had absolutely no doubt that this was Euwe's best:

Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948

Dec-04-18
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  Dionysius1: A frightful pun. How dare Euwe!
Dec-19-18  Frits Fritschy: For any English speaker having trouble pronouncing de 'eu'-sound in Euwe's name: get a Pink Panther movie from your videoshop and listen to Clouseau saying: "Do you have a REUM?"
Feb-19-19  brimarern: I've dubbed this The Great ˇOlé! Game due to one of the most ridiculously beautiful moves I've seen -22...Rh8!!. The Queen like a bull goes right by its intended target via a rook sac , and all the while executing a counter-attack. Dr. Euwe's games had a lot of snap crackle and pop in em!
Feb-19-19
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  Dionysius1: I agree, and it's amazing that Euwe has time for ...♕b3 and ...♕f3. As brave a combination as I think I've seen.

Anyone want to argue that it was just plain necessary? I don't have the skills to judge that.

Feb-19-19
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  Dionysius1: And the pun is brilliant. I've never said that before here.
May-16-20  MaczynskiPratten: Even at the end there is a nice wrinkle. 26...Qf3 threatens Qf2+ and Rg1#. White can stop this with 27 Rf4. But this blocks his Bishop's diagonal, so Black now switches to Qe3+ and Qd2#. A neat interference ploy!

Playing through this game again I'm struck afresh by the knife-edge complications from move 15 onwards. After 19...Nxd3 I wondered about 20 exd7 which forks Rook and Knight and threatens promotion. But I had overlooked 20...Qc6!

In boxing this might be termed a "slugfest" (though this is much more subtle). In the end, Euwe gets his KO blow in first.

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