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Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
Alekhine - Euwe World Championship Match (1935), Various Locations NED, rd 27, Dec-06
Vienna Game: Stanley. Alekhine Variation (C27)  ·  1-0



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  waddayaplay: The famous Vienna game of the 1935 match.

Alekhine annotated it in his best games collection. Here are some comments from myself...

7.Nxe5 was a novelty by Alekhine.
7...Nxe5 is considered a mistake by most. Really interesting as it looks like a natural move, and Euwe was known for his opening accuracy. Of the 11 games in the chessgames database, the score is +6 -1 =4 .

Estrin and Panov Opening book writes about 7...Nxe5 "An instructive opening error. Black underestimates the latent strength of White's KB, which he could have exchanged by playing 7... O-O 8. N-Q5 N-Q5! 9. O-O NxB 10. RPxN N-K1 with roughly equal chances. After the move played, White succeeds in hindering the development of Black's Q-side, and sets up gradually increasing pressure." (1977)

Ivanchuk on the other hand played 7...g6 against Anand in 1992: Anand vs Ivanchuk, 1992 1/2

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  waddayaplay: Although Alekhine praised himself greatly , the middle game is not indefensible for Euwe.

14...Re4 is possible, followed by 15...Nf5 and ...d5 , etc. And black should be ok.

Euwu may have overlooked 16.d5!, a strong move which threatens 17.h4 winning the knight.

But is the endgame so impossible to save? What about 24...bxc5 ? After 24...bxc5 the idea would be to play ...c4 , ...Nc5 (->d3), Bc6 . I'm no Alekhine, so comments are welcome...

Mar-10-06  Calli: The still sharp Em Lasker pointed out what Alekhine and Euwe missed in their annotations 32...e5! 33.Ke2 f5 34.Kd2 Rc4 35.b5 e4 (Lasker & Grigoriev) should hold. If for instance 36.Ra6 Rd4+ 37.Kc3? Rd6 and Black has the passed pawn.
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  waddayaplay: Thank you Calli.

Alekhine incorporated it into his own analysis, giving 32.a4? a questionmark. After e.g. the immediate Ke2 ->d2, black can't move his rook to b3, and white can advance his king. Any saving move must be looked for earlier. Suggestions...? I don't believe the game was lost by move 22.

Mar-12-06  Calli: Smyslov and Levenfish in Rook Endings give the line a move earlier

31.Ke2! Rc2+ 32.Kd3 Rxg2 33.Kc4 Rxh2 34.Kb5 Rf2 35.Kxb6 Rxf3 36.Kc5 g5 37.b5 but here they play 37...g4? 38.b6 wins. However, 37...Rc3+! 38.Kd4!? Rc2! 39.b6 Rb2 40.b7 Kh7= (Van Reek)

Dec-13-07  Calli: "7.Nxe5 was a novelty by Alekhine"

Apparently not, the opening was recommended by Ernst Ludwig Klein who was thrown out of the hall for talking to Alekhine during this game. See the latest Chess Note.

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  beatgiant: <waddayaplay><What about 24...bxc5 ?>

On 24...bxc5 25. Ne3 and the knight can hop to c4, with pressure on Black's weak center squares and pawns.

As an example, 24...bxc5 25. Ne3 Bc6 26. Nc4 Rc7 27. Nd6 Rd8? 28. Nxf7! wins a pawn.

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  beatgiant: The move 28. Bxe6 depends on the resulting rook ending, which looks very tricky. How about simply 28. Bb3 Rd8 29. Ke3, keeping several advantages (isolated Black d-pawn, bishop vs. knight, more active pieces)
Mar-16-08  Knight13: Rook on seventh rank + a pawn = 1-0.

<4. Qh5> Nice. I've never thought about that one before!

Nov-28-17  Whitehat1963: Early Frankenstein-Dracula variation.
Dec-04-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 41...Rd8 42. b7 Rb8 43. Ra7 Kf7 44. Kc4 Ke7 45. Kc5 Kd7 46. Kb6

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