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Max Euwe vs Rudolf Spielmann
Spielmann - Euwe (1932), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, Mar-16
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  1-0



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  Eggman: Apparently this is from a 1932 training match, won by Euwe 3-1. In 1935 the two again played a training match, won by Spielmann 6-4, and later that same year Euwe went on to defeat Alekhine and become world champion! Spielmann, meanwhile, never got a title shot.
Oct-09-04  radu stancu: What stops Spielmann from playing 50...Nxe6 ? I know he's still in trouble because of white's extra pawn and the fact that there are pawns on both flanks, but really, why not take the e-pawn?!
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  tamar: <radu stancu> 50 e6 looks strange too, but the game was over by this point. Maybe it is a little joke by Euwe. The e pawn is excess baggage as there is no way to prevent the a pawn from falling.

50...Nxe6 51 Kc6 Nd4+ 52 Kb6 Nf3 53 h3 Ng5
54 Bf1

Oct-09-04  radu stancu: <tamar> Yeah, looks like a bit of a joke: "I have too many pawns, take this one so I can concentrate on your a-pawn!" And thanks for the moves you posted, they clearly show it's all over...
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  tamar: 20...Ne6 was a disastrous retreat allowing Euwe to score with tactics. 20...Rxd5 21 exd4 Rxd4 gave Spielmann good chances to hold.
Oct-10-04  Calli: Maybe 38...Nd3 39.Ke2 Nxb2 gives Black some drawing chances? (I seem to be taking up lost causes recently)
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  tamar: <calli> <Maybe 38...Nd3 39.Ke2 Nxb2 gives Black some drawing chances?> The knight gets into a no-hop zone after 40 Bc6 b4 41 Bb5 or the knight gets away but the pawns fall after 40 Bc6 Na4 41 Kd2 Nc5 42 Kc3 b4+ 43 Kc4
Oct-10-04  Calli: <Tamar> Yeah, 40...b4 is definitely lost. After 40 Bc6 Na4 41 Kd2 Nc5 42 Kc3 b4+ 43 Kc4 Ne6 44 Bd5 (not Kb5? Nd4+) Nc7 45.Kc5 h3 46.Bc4! it is finally safe to take the pawns.

How about 40 Bc6 Na4 41 Kd2 Nc5 42 Kc3 Kf7 ?

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  tamar: I have more respect for Euwe after viewing these games, even the loss to Rubinstein that was so unclear. I had never given him due consideration, but this game has a wonderful clarity. <How about 40 Bc6 Na4 41 Kd2 Nc5 42 Kc3 Kf7 ?> 43 f3 I suppose, freeing the bishop for Bxb5 and if 43...b4+ 44 Kc4 Ne6 45 Bd5
Oct-10-04  Calli: <Tamar> You are right. He can just exchange the B and take the pawns.

From the same match, look at Euwe's refutation of Spielmann's 15.f5? in this game Spielmann vs Euwe, 1932

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