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Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander vs Max Euwe
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 5, Aug-14
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Reversed Dragon (A22)  ·  0-1



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  waddayaplay: I've read that Alexander did in fact resign in this game. Please try and verify it.
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  Benzol: <waddayaplay> Alyekhin in his book on the tournament writes the following

"White resigned here quite rightly because of 37.R-Kt4 Q-Kt3!; 38.RxQ PxR; 39.Q-K7 P queens; 40.QxPch K-R2; 41.Q-K7ch K-R3; 42.Q-K3ch K-R4!; 43.Q-K7 (or Q-K5ch P-Kt4) Q-Q5! etc. But for my part I confess that I would have the curiosity to find out whether my opponent would discover the winning variation over the board."

Dec-09-03  Calli: Chessgames: White is Conel Hughes Alexander

Also, the 3 other games for "K Alexander" are C H Alexander.

Mar-15-05  aragorn69: Mark Dvoretsky comments this game with his usual technical precision at However, in this case, he adds interesting psychological arguments about the limitations of some chess champions' abilities to judge objectively his rivals' play. Fascinating ! And BTW an important caveat before Kaspy's books on Karpov... ;-)
Mar-15-05  jumperino: What's the line if white moves 37. Qf7? If ... d1=Q, then 38. Rg8+ Rxg8 39. Qxf6+ and perpetual. If 37. ...Qf5 38. Rg4 Qxg4 39. Qxf6+ Kf8 40. Qxd8+ Kf7 41. Qxd2

I'm sure there's a reply by black that I missed to Qf7...anyone care to analyze?

Mar-15-05  aragorn69: <<a) 36. Kh2 d2 37. Qf7 Qf5! White can’t play 38. Rxh7+, since the rook will be recaptured with check; and on 38. Rg4 Black decides the game by 38...Qxf2+ 39. Kh3 Qf1+ 40. Kh2 Qh1+! (Euwe) or 40...Qe2+ 41. Kh3 Qxg4+!>> (Dvoretsky). See link above.
Oct-21-05  Runemaster: I like the way Euwe retreats his knight to d8 on move 12. From there it plays an important part in neutralising White's queenside play, before emerging to help create the passed pawn. In that sense, this game might be something of an exception to the usual perception that Euwe always stuck too closely to strategic rules (such as "don't undevelop your pieces").
Jul-29-09  Aspirador: <interesting psychological arguments about the limitations of some chess champions' abilities to judge objectively his rivals' play> In his Nottingham book, Alekhine gives question marks to 15...Nxa4 and 22...Qh5 even though these moves seem perfectly fine, he overestimates white's position after a possible 24.e3, when in fact black had a reasonable position all the way through. I guess this is what you mean.
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  plang: Dvoretsky pointed out that Black missed the powerful 11..e4 12 Nxb6..axb 13 dxe..Qxd1 14 Rfxd1..Rxa2 with a big advantage. 17..c6 18 e4..Bf7 19 d4 would have been good for White. Alekhine said that 19..Bxg2 20 Rxc7..Qd6 21 Kxg2..Nc6 22 Qb6 would be good for White completely overlooking that in this line 21..b6 would have won the White rook! In time pressure Alexander erred with 28 Rfd1?; better was 28 Rcd1 or 28 Kg2. He may have been counting on playing 29 Rxd4? missing that Black can answer 29..Rc8. 30 Qc4 would have been a tougher defense. If 36 Kg2 then 36..d2 37 Rg4..Qh1+ 38 Kxg2..d1(Q)+ wins.
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  Pk21: Instead of 11...f6, after the more incisive 11...e4, black's position is slightly better, but I don't think the advantage is great; for example 11...e4 12.Nxb6 axb6 13.dxe4 Qxd1 14.Rfxd1 Rxa2 15.Bf4 Rxb2 16.Bxc7 an white position is not bad, even if black is preferable.
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  Pk21: Instead of 33.Rcc7, 33.Qc7 is better (33...d3? 34.Rxg7) even if black is preferable after 33...Qd5

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