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Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine
Bad Nauheim-Stuttgart-Garmisch (1937), Bad Nauheim - Stuttgart - Garmisch GER, rd 3, Jul-21
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Alekhine System Main Line (D29)  ·  1-0



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  beatgiant: A very smooth performance by Dr. Euwe. It's very hard to find exactly what was the last chance for Black to save this game. Certainly it looks bad since at least move 20.

Maybe Alekhine didn't like 18...a4 because of 19. e4, when he would get a lot of pawn weaknesses and no apparent counterplay. But with his actual plan, the knight he gets to c2 doesn't actually seem to accomplish anything.

Where are the improvements for Black in this middlegame?

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  Benzol: Maybe 18...♕b6 or 18...a5 were better choices. 18...b3 gives White control over the c3 square.
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  beatgiant: If 18...♕b6, White may at some moment play a5, further highlighting Black's queenside weaknesses. And as I mentioned before, 18...a5 19. e4 looks pretty good for White too. But I agree both of these are much better than 18...b3.

Even so, it's hard to believe Black is lost after 18...b3. But I have tried in vain to find any promising improvements for Black at some later stage. It looks like Euwe had a perfect middlegame.

Jan-29-05  Calli: Euwe in "From My Games" agrees with <Benzol> calling 18...b3, "A serious strategical error" and recommends Qb6.

Another error according to Euwe was 24...Nc2? Correct, he says, is 24...Rac1 "with a complicated game"

This game, by the way, was NOT in the World Championship of 1937, but took place in a small Quadrangular tourney earlier that same year.

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  beatgiant: <Calli>
<24...Rac1 "with a complicated game"> Thanks. The idea may be to keep the option of ...Na2 restraining White's Bc3. I did look at it and thought it was still tough for Black.

For example, 24...Rac8 25. Bd2 Rc2 26. Qf1 Na2 27. Rab1 Rd8 28. Be1 Rxd1 29. Rxd1 Nc1 30. Rd2, and Black looks overextended.

Jan-29-05  Calli: <bg> Euwe gives this line but only as far as 26...Na2. Possibly Alekhine could stir up trouble with 27...Re8 and f4 and try to get the other rook to e2.
May-29-12  Anderssen99: After 24...,Nc2? Black was practically playing a piece down.

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