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Max Euwe vs Samuel Reshevsky
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 1, Aug-10
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  1-0



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Jun-22-13  RookFile: This looks like a terrific game from Euwe. The ending looks hard to win, yet he presses home his advantage.
Jun-22-13  SimonWebbsTiger: Alas, Alekhine in the tournament book and Euwe himself ("From My Games: 1920-37"), were both critical of the play.

Needless to say, Reshevsky was in time pressure and missed 34...Qh1, with a draw. Both gave a long analysis starting with 35. Qf3 Qf1 36. Kh4 e4. "White would have to play the correct moves in order not to find himself in trouble" -- Alekhine.

Both agreed 42...Qb6 was the fatal mistake. 42...Qc3, idea ...e5-e4: "and the outcome would still be unclear" -- Euwe; "the resulting endgame would still be very hard to win" -- Alekhine.

29. Qc3 and 33. f3 were suggested as stronger.

There are some interesting junctures where Alekhine and Euwe disagree in their notes.

The queen endgame has been quoted in two standard Works: Averbakh's "Queen and Pawn Endings" p.123 (Batsford 1975); and as a blue highlighted position - ie. one to remember! - in Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual p.259 (2nd Ed., Russell Enterprises, 2008). The latter position starting at move 41

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  plang: In their 8th match game in 1931 Capablanca played 8..Ne4 9 Qc2..Nxc3 10 Ng5..Ne4 against Euwe and managed to draw but I doubt that many would try this with Black. 11 dxc had been played in Reshevsky's win over Fine at Detroit 1933; 11 Rad1 was new. The alternative 14..Nc6 15 Nxc6..Rxc6 16 e4..Rac8 17 b3 would have left White with a positional edge. Had Reshevsky played 15..Ne8 he would have avoided giving Euwe the queenside pawn majority he got in the game though White would have retained an initiative. Alekhine thought that after 24..f5 25 Qb7..Qc6+ 26 Qxc6..Rxc6 27 Rd7..Rc2 Black would have been in little danger of losing. 29 Qc3 would have been stronger leading to the exchange of the White KP for the Black QRP. He achieved this a few moves later but only because Reshevsky missed 34..Qh1. The missed drawing line is interesting: 34..Qh1 35 35 Qf3..Qf1+ 36 Kh4..e4 37 Qe3..Qg2 38 Kg5..Qxh2 39 Kf6..h4 40 Qc5..Re8 41 Rxf7..hxg 42 Rg7+..Kh8 43 Qe5..Qxf2+ 44 Kxg6..Qf5+ 45 Qxf5..exf 46 Rh7 with a perpetual check. 38 Ra7 would have been better keeping the rooks on.
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  Mateo: 43.a5! was a cool-blooded pawn sacrifice completely justified. Very nice.
Mar-17-18  jerseybob: Euwe's first win over the adult Reshevsky. He beat young Sammy around 1921 or so in one of the prodigy's exhibitions, as black in a Lopez I believe.
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  OrangeTulip: Another excellent game by Euwe. No wonder Botvinnik feared to play against Euwe before 1948. And keep in mind that Alekhine in his notes always has been very subjective.

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