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Max Euwe vs Paul Keres
Euwe - Keres (1939/40), Rotterdam NED, rd 11, Jan-07
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D13)  ·  1-0



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Feb-16-04  ughaibu: Of the various duplicates of this game this one looks least reliable.
Aug-23-07  Owl: Is this the (11)eleventh game match of the Keres/Ewue match that they had in 1939/40
Aug-23-07  laskereshevsky: one of the most exicting. forgotten and underrated, ever-played chess match.
Aug-23-07  alspookyd: I do not understand the last move. Can someone explain.
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  tpstar: ChessBase 8.0 gives 28 ... Raf8 (like the alternate score) instead of 28 ... Rff8, leading to this final position:

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White threatens 32. Rg8+ Rxg8 33. Qxg8# and the only defense is 31 ... Qg6 32. Rxg6 hxg6 33. Qd2 and Black is finished.

If Black really played 28 ... Rff8 then White would have responded 29. Qe7 winning the exchange.

Aug-23-07  laskereshevsky: <alspookyd>

u are right. the problem is in the score-sheet... the28th black move was ♖af8 and not ♖ff8... with the right move the mate is unavoidable, thanks too the threath ♖g8+...

<> please set-up the score, thanks

Aug-23-07  laskereshevsky: i got it from: "MAX EUWE, The Biography"
by Alexander Münninghoff
Aug-23-07  alspookyd: Thanks. Makes much more sense given the correct score.
Feb-05-10  PeterB: How can 2700 level grandmasters play like this. Black is busted right out of the opening!
Nov-03-13  Naniwazu: <PeterB>

Making the assumption that Keres' historical chess rating would correspond to that of a 2700 chess grandmaster today is dubious at the very least. The USCF didn't implement the ELO rating system until 1960 and FIDE some ten years later. The website chessmetrics has him at 2773 from 1955 to 1957. However this game was played in 1940 when Keres was just 24 years old. That said Keres was the co-joint winner (the other being Reuben Fine) of the strong AVRO tournament ahead of the likes of Botvinnik, Alekhine and Capablanca. Also you have to take into account the way chess was played back then. Modern chess is very different stylistically speaking. Then there's the external circumstances. This game was played in Holland just a few months before the German invasion. The general uncertainties of that time might have affected their play. Remarkably Euwe had lost the three games prior to this one and was to lose the next one too. It is probably Euwe's best effort of the match.

Aug-04-14  sneaky pete: Game 11, Rotterdam, January 7.

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