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Harry Golombek vs Max Euwe
"Max Pain" (game of the day Apr-27-2009)
1st Autumn Congress (1951), Paignton ENG, rd 1, Sep-17
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 35.Bc3! Quite a good defensive resource, presumably what Black missed when he sacrificed the Exchange on Move 30.
Apr-27-09  apple pi: This is an open Catalan, not an exchange Slav.
Apr-27-09  Andrijadj: Nice pun...
Apr-27-09  vonKrolock: <8.♘bd2> Considering that white's victory is not to be credited to the opening phase, maybe better 8.dxc5 as played by Taimanov, Karpov and others - at least unbeaten so far in the base...

<14.♕c4> And now 14.♘f3 first, to impeach a virtual e6-e5 as in the actual sequence

<18...e4>! This is already a dream center

<26...♘f6>?! Giving white a chance for active play with the ♗♗s after the exchange of ♕♕s

Apr-27-09  vonKrolock: <30.♗b4!>

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black can not avoid an exchange loss

Apr-27-09  vonKrolock: <30...♘e4> or 30...d3 31.♗xd3! ♖d7 32.♗g6! etc
Apr-27-09  vonKrolock: <35.♗c3>!

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Deserves a diagram - the ♖ in c1 is tabu - take g7 check, discovered check and ♖xe8 would follow

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  ray keene: the brief notes- to be fair-shd be credited to professor nathan divinsky who sent them to me , rather than myself.
Apr-27-09  vonKrolock: Well, the game alone is already a gift, a chessical delicatesse, many thanks - to correct also the spelling <Golembeck> hopefully
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  Benzol: Only just uploaded and GOTD already! Good going. Just one niggle though, one might ask who "Golembeck" is?
Apr-27-09  gtgloner: VonKrolock - have a look at this site:

Apr-27-09  TheaN: Crushing final position. I don't think Euwe is going to avoid complete simplification:

<41....Kg5 42.Rxe5 Rxe5 (42....d2? 43.Rxe8 exf1=Q† 44.Kxf1 ) 43.Bxe5 d2 44.Re1 >

On anything else Black could capture twice on e5:

<42.Rxe5† Rxe5 43.Bxe5 Kxe5 44.Rxf2 exf2 45.Kxf2 > ...but this pawn ending is clearly won. The final 15 moves of this game are pretty neat by Golombek.

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  kevin86: A really sad story of how Euwe fell from the title ladder---how fast and how far.
Apr-27-09  Prudov: kevin86 wrote: <A really sad story of how Euwe fell from the title ladder---how fast and how far.> Still, Euwe won all other games in this tournament!
Apr-27-09  Chessmensch: Is there anything compelling about 23.a5? Seems like a move for the sake of having to move?
Apr-27-09  vonKrolock: <Euwe won all other games in this tournament!> Sooner or later his games from this event shall appear, like his win with black vs Donner <1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗b4 4.a3 ♗xc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.e3 b6 7.♗d3 ♗b7 8.♘f3 ♘e4 9.O-O f5 10.♗b2 O-O 11.a4 ♘c6 12.♘e1 ♘a5 13.♘c2 ♖c8 14.♘a3 ♕g5 15.g3 ♖f6 16.♕e2 ♖h6 17.f4 ♕g6 18.♗xe4 ♗xe4 19.♖ad1 ♖h3 20.♖f2 ♕xg3+ 21.♔f1 ♖h4 22.dxc5 ♕h3+ 23.♔e1 ♖g4 resigns>
Apr-27-09  bengalcat47: For one of Golombek's most impressive wins, check out Golombek vs. Brown, London, 1949.
Apr-27-09  hedgeh0g: Even bullet-time couldn't save max in the final position...
Apr-27-09  Dredge Rivers: Hey, what's the matter with Euwe?
Apr-27-09  WhiteRook48: too many pins
Apr-30-09  DarthStapler: Bad pun
Apr-30-09  whiteshark: My Precious, Golom, Golom!

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