Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935), Various Locations NED, rd 25, Dec-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 10 times; par: 80 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 85 more Alekhine/Euwe games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-23-06  aragorn69: Unbelievable how bad Alekhine played this (very important) game!

For the first time, Euwe - who had been trailing at -2 for most of the match (or even -3 at one point) - took the lead. He won the next game too, and would not let Alekhine catch up any more.

Nov-24-06  Calli: Actually a very interesting game. Alekhine keeps sacrificing pawns to prevent Euwe from castling, but he finally refutes the attack with 21...Nf3!+. Later, Alekhine claimed that White would be better after 20.Bb3+, but the Dutch analysts disagreed with him.
Nov-24-06  Albertan: Hiarcs 10 and Rybka 2.2 agree with Alekhine.

Hiarcs 10 gives this variation:
20.Bb3 Qxd4 21.Nc4 Kf7 22.Nd6+ Kg6 23.Bc2+ f5 24.Qg3 Kf6 25.h4 Nf7 26.Rad1 Qc5 27.Bb3 (-1.59) Depth: 14 ply

Rybka 2.2 gives this variation:

20.Bb3 Qxd4 21.Nc4 Kf7 22.Nd6+ Kg6 23.h4 Qxh4 24.f4 Rd8 25.Bc2+ f5 26.Nxc8 Raxc8

Nov-25-06  Calli: lets see:
Alyehkin gave 20.Bb3! Qd8! 21.Nc4 Qe7 22.Nb6 Qxa3 23.Rxa3 Ra6 24.Nxc8 Kd7 25.Re1 Re8 26.d5 but Kxc8 27.dxe6 Nf7 is good (DeZeeuw). Euwe says he would have played 21...Nf7! 22.Rfe1 Ra6 followed by Qe7

This game features some stout defense by Max Euwe!

Apr-12-07  gambitfan: Is it a Cambridge Springs Variation?
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: "Is it a Cambridge Springs Variation?"


Mar-15-08  Knight13: <Alekhine keeps sacrificing pawns to prevent Euwe from castling, but he finally refutes the attack with 21...Nf3!+.> Alekhine didn't have a choice. Those pawns were dead anyway. He wasn't sacrificing them.
Jul-31-08  Jesspatrick: You wouldn't know it from this game, but snatching queenside Pawns in the Cambridge Springs defense can be dangerous. If the black Queen doesn't get trapped, then the tempos gained by White will come home to roost on the kingside.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: I love the sound of tempos coming home to roost ... making tick-tock sounds to one another and laying little tempi eggs, from whose broken shells baby tempura will emerge.

They like clock towers, apparently, though the rooks sometimes chase them away.

Nature red in black and white.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: Some sources have 5 extra moves: after 40.Kg4 Rd8, we have 41.Ne5 Rxd1 42.Rxd1 Be2+ 43.Kxg5 Rxf5+ 44.Kxf5 Bxd1 45.Nxc6 a4 0-1.

Maybe this was investigated and sorted out here years ago, with the evidence deleted to avoid confusing people -- but it's the first time I've seen it, and I'm confused.

We all know that Alekhine tended to invent moves and elevate variations to historical facts ... but he wouldn't do it in a WC match. Would he?

This was the 25th game of a very long match with a great many decisive games, which partly explains the uneven quality of the play.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Pawn and Two: <Domdaniel> In "Max Euwe, the Biography", by Alexander Muenninghoff, the additional moves you indicated, were included. The game commentary stated, that at adjournment, Alekhine was three pawns down, <"the next day, Euwe wins after some 15 minutes of play.">

In the match book, "Euwe vs. Alekhine - Match 1935", by Euwe & Alekhine, the additional moves were included.

For this game, Euwe provided the notes. After move 40...Rd8, Euwe stated that the game was adjourned. Both books state that the game was played on Dec. 1st & Dec. 2nd. As noted, the game score for the match book included the additional five moves.

Our game score should be corrected to include the moves: 41.Ne5 Rxd1 42.Rxd1 Be2+ 43.Kxg5 Rxf5+ 44.Kxf5 Bxd1 45.Nxc6 a4.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <Pawn and Two> Thanks, that seems quite conclusive - the version here stops short at the adjournment.

I'll file a correction slip. Strange, though, that such an important game could be left uncorrected for so long.

Aug-29-15  thegoodanarchist: <aragorn69: Unbelievable how bad Alekhine played this (very important) game!>

Agreed! Was he drunk???

Nov-24-15  kamagong24: i think Euwe demonstrated why 8. Qd2 was a weak move in this variation...
May-25-20  joddon: A race in which MAx Who had more air left in his energy!!
May-20-21  SymphonicKnight: With this game Euwe finally took the lead in the match. Alekhine made two mistakes to get him into this position. 15.Bc2? (15.Ne5!) which resulted in about -1.4
20.Bg6?? (15.Bb3!) which resulted in about -5.8

There are a number of minor inaccuracies by both sides the rest of the way, but nothing to swing the flow of the game.

There was some discussion about the validity of 8.Qd2 rather than 8.Rc1. Database results show that Qd2 is more drawish, and while Rc1 has a slightly higher win percentage for white than with Qd2, black's winning percentages are even proportionately higher, for Rc1, so Qd2 seems to be the more accurate line.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Game 17
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (2) by AdrianP
Alekhine's Worst Games 1927-1939
by isolatedpawn
Grega's black repoertoire
by Grega
from FAVORITE PLAYERS by gambitfan
Alekhine - Euwe, 1935 Game 25
from FGetulio's How World Champions Win II by fgetulio
Match Alekhine!
by amadeus
Alekhine vs Champions & Prodigies Decisive Games
by visayanbraindoctor
Euwe vs. the World Champions Decisive Games
by visayanbraindoctor
Defensive Stand
from Inspirational Games by CKT73
Kings of Chess by William Winter
by samsloan
Match Euwe (International)!
by amadeus
QGD Cambr Spr
by Xmas elf
Game 25, Euwe leads 8-7 (13-12)
from 1935 World Chess Championship by Penguincw
Max Euwe
by blues66
The QGD/Slav/Semi-Slav
by Zhbugnoimt
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by PassedPawnDuo
Game 17
from On My Great Predecessors 2 (Kasparov) by PassedPawnDuo
Alekhine's Worst Games 1927-1939
from 3 GDQ Stein by fredthebear
B: Cambridge Springs Variation
from QGD: Cambridge Springs Variation-Black wins by imsighked2
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by JoseTigranTalFischer
plus 35 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC