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Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine
Alekhine - Euwe Training Match (1927), The Hague NED, rd 8, Jan-06
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  1-0



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Sep-15-04  Sergey Sorokhtin: NEW KASPAROV'S COMMENT


Game 5
Amsterdam 8th matchgame 1926/27
Reti Opening A09


24.Nc5! was winning more quickly, without danger to the pawn d3 (Sorokhtin): 24...Nxd3 25.b7 Qb8 26.Nxd3 Bxd3 27.Bxc6 or 24…Bh3 25.b7 (25.Bh1 and 25.f4 is also good) 25...Qf5(g4) 26.Rxe5! Bxe5 27.Bxc6, and the approach of the strong passed pawns is inevitable.


‘Àny action on the kingside would be futile: if 24...Bh3 25.Bh1, while 24...Bg4 is refuted by 25.f4 Nf3+ 26.Bxf3 Bxf3 27.Nc5.’ (Euwe)

25.a5 Nxd3 <…> 26.Nc5!

The only move that retains the advantage.

Mar-20-05  Calli: 24.Nc5 could be marginally better but "the approach of the strong passed pawns is inevitable" in the game too. A real improvement is 23.Nc5! (Van Reek) which totally ties Black up.
Jul-31-05  VanWellov: Euwe was already winning when he got his 2 queen's side pass pawns...
Feb-17-10  crawfb5: This is the 8th game in the Alekhine-Euwe 1926-1927 match.

Munninghoff's biography of Euwe gives the further moves of:

32...Bc8 33.bxc8=Q Rbxc8 34.Bg2 Qd7 35.Bc5 Rxe1+ 36.Qxe1 h5 37.a7 Ra8 38.Qe4 d3 39.Rxd3 Qb7 40.Qxc6 Qb1+ 41.Bf1 Rxa7 42.Bxa7 1-0

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  GrahamClayton: An attempt to block the Queenside with 14...b6 leads to 15.♗a3 ♕c7 16.♘d4 ♖b8 17.♘c6, leaving the White knight on a superb outpost.
Feb-07-11  TheOutsider: Alekhine was drunk?
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  fredthebear: This is game #67 in "Masters of the Chessboard" by Richard Reti. It's one of the classic chess books that will instruct and inspire you.
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  OrangeTulip: Max Euwe should not have played a training match against Alekhine. Pretty naive.
Aug-01-18  RookFile: I think that as a talented amateur, which is what Euwe was at that time, he had a great attitude and wanted to play the strongest players. As a result, he gained knowledge of Alekhine that served him well when he later played him for the world championship.
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  plang: 3 b4 is rarely played any more mostly due to the response 4..f6 and 4..e5 which was first played in 1931. 4..a5?! was new and has not been repeated; 4..e5 was the main line. 7..Bxd4? 8 Nxd4..Qxd4 9 Qc2!..Qxa1? 10 Bb2..Qxa2 11 Nc3 would have cost Black his queen. The position after 10..Qb6 with White having a queenside majority supported by the bishop on g2 was already close to strategically winning, The immediate 22 Qza5? would have allowed 22..Ne5 blockading the queenside pawns. 26 Qe2?!..c5 would have complicated White's task; Euwe's 26 Nc5! was much stronger.

Euwe's play in this game was very instructive.

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  perfidious: Unusual really to see Alekhine get comprehensively shtupped this way.
May-16-20  Saul Goodman: “Orange Tulip: Max Euwe should not have played a training match against Alekhine. Pretty naive.”

It was literally the smartest thing Euwe could do for his career. It helped him become better at Chess, it gave him insight into Alekhine’s style, and perhaps most importantly, it gave Alekhine the sense that Euwe would be a pushover in a match.

Jul-08-21  Frits Fritschy: @Saul Goodman: the result of the match can't have given Alekhine the idea that Euwe would be a pushover. By the way, in Marshall?s book Chess Masterpieces, Euwe in 1928 considered this his best game ever (see Winter's chess notes site).
Jul-08-21  sudoplatov: Still, Alekhine did better in this training match than he did against Teichmann. Alekhine's 1934 training match against the (then elderly) O. Bernstein was also drawn.
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  perfidious: Bernstein was ten years Alekhine's senior.

'Elderly'? Really?

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