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Alekhine - Euwe Training Match (1926)
"Nach viermonatigem Aufenthalt in Südamerika war ich im Dezember 1926 heimgekehrt und mußte bereits eine Woche später in Holland gegen Dr. Euwe antreten. Diese Veranstaltung war schon ein Jahr vorher vereinbart. Es handelte sich um zehn Übungspartien ... Ich spielte zum ersten Mal nach der neuen Zeitkontrolle von 40 Zügen in 2 1/2 Stunden. ... ungewohnt und ich hatte infolge dessen sehr stark unter Zeitnot zu leiden. ... Das Resultat (+3, -2, = 5 zu meinen Gunsten) entsprach ungefähr den beiderseitigen Leistungen. Dr. Euwe spielte weit sicherer, ich hingegen war ihm taktisch überlegen, beging aber eine große Anzahl von Zeitnotfehlern. So z.B. stand ich in der 1., 7. und 9. Partie glatt auf Gewinn, erzielte aber aus diesen drei Partien nur einen (!) Punkt...."

A. Aljechin, Auf dem Wege zur Weltmeisterschaft 1923-1927, de Gruyter, 4. Aufl., 1978, S. 132. Aljechin kommentiert hier seine 2., 3. und 10. Partie.

(After a stay of four months in South America, I returned home in December 1926, and had to face Dr. Euwe in Holland straight afterwards, a week later. This arrangement had already been agreed upon a year beforehand, and was for ten training games. I played for the first time under the new time control of 40 moves in 2 and a half hours ... unfamiliar, and because of this I ended up suffering very badly from time-trouble. "The result (+3-2=5 in my favour) gave a reasonable indication of both sides' achievements. Dr. Euwe played much more soundly, but on the other hand I was tactically superior to him. I committed, however, a large number of mistakes in time trouble. Thus, for instance, in the 1st, 7th and 9th games I had clearly winning positions, but I gained only a single point (!) from these three games."

A. Aljechin, "On the Road to the World Championship, 1923-1927", de Gruyter, 4th edition, 1978, p. 132. Aljechin commented on games 2, 3, and 10.)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Alekhine ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 5.5 2 Euwe ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 4.5

Original collection: Game Collection: 99_training match Alekhine - Euwe 1926/27 (10 ga, by User: whiteshark.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Euwe ½-½431926Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
2. Euwe vs Alekhine 0-1401926Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
3. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-0351926Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
4. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½411926Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchC11 French
5. Alekhine vs Euwe ½-½491926Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Euwe vs Alekhine  ½-½411926Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. Alekhine vs Euwe 0-1711927Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Euwe vs Alekhine 1-0421927Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchA09 Reti Opening
9. Alekhine vs Euwe ½-½401927Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchB83 Sicilian
10. Euwe vs Alekhine 0-1271927Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchA04 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-17-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Translation please?
Feb-17-13  ozmikey: Roughly:

"After a stay of four months in South America, I returned home in December 1926, and had to face Dr. Euwe in Holland straight afterwards, a week later. This arrangement had already been agreed upon a year beforehand. The arrangement was for ten training games; I playe dfor the first time under the new time control of 40 moves in 2 and a half hours...unfamiliar, and because of this I ended up suffering very badly from time-trouble.

The result (+3-2=5 in my favour) gave a reasonable indication of both sides' achievement(s). Dr. Euwe played much more soundly, but on the other hand I was tactically superior to him; I committed, however, a large number of mistakes in time trouble. Thus, for instance, in the 1st, 7th and 9th games I had clearly winning positions, but I gained only a single point (!) from these three games."

Dec-26-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  JointheArmy: 2 and 1/2 hours for 40 moves was a new time control for Alekhine in 1926?

What time control was he used to?

Dec-26-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <JoinTheArmy>: Don't know that there was a standard time check before 40/2.5 became de rigueur in international events for many years.
Dec-26-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <What time control was he used to?>

The Semmering (1926) and Kecskemet (1927) (Final Groups) had 30 moves in 2 hours. The tournament book of the latter called it the <continental thinking time>.

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