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Nikolai Riumin vs Max Euwe
"Riumin Board" (game of the day Oct-11-2004)
Leningrad (1934), Leningrad URS, rd 7, Aug-25
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Bradley Beach Variation (A28)  ·  1-0



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Mar-20-04  kashparov72c5: on move 24 I understand black is in big trouble if he takes the g pawn but does he have to give up his queen for a knight?
Oct-11-04  notsodeepthought: Very good pun, although the first "i" spoils it a little bit...
Oct-11-04  wam7c: Comment from a beginner: 13...Rb8 looks like a wasted move. It seems to me Euwe could have doubled his pawns or dislodged that knight with 13...c6 and been better off later. What am I missing?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I remember this game from Keres & Kotov's book The Art of the Middle Game, and after all these years it still looks good. We now know that 4...exd4 is best, and Black's failure to play 8...Nc5 puts all of his pieces in a tangle. I forget why Black played 24...Qf4; perhaps 24...Qe6 was too easy to refute, even it was objectively better. After the latter move, Riumin could simply take on f3, before or after g6xh7+, or he could indulge in insane complications after 25.Qd4!? or 25.h6!?
Oct-11-04  sneaky pete: <wam7c> 13... c6 14.Nf6+ gxf6 15.Qxd6 .. is very unpleasant for black. 13... Rb8 is necessary to prepare the queens bishop fianchetto.
Oct-11-04  wam7c: <sneaky pete> I see it now. The pawn on c7 prevents Qxd6. Thanks for the illumination!
Oct-11-04  themindset: 24...Qf4 makes no sense.
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  patzer2: In addition to 4...e4?!, Black makes another dubious pawn advance with 11...f4?! I would also question 23...f3?! allowing 24. g6! , but by this point in the game Black already appears to be busted.
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  patzer2: <themindset> After the passive 24...Qe6 25. gxh7+ Kxh7 26. Bxf3 Black is down a pawn without any real compensation and his King is open to attack. Euwe wanted to complicate and play something dramatic to avoid playing a defensive game with White having all the winning chances. However, his choice of 24...Qf4? was not a better alternative.
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  kevin86: A very unusual queen trap;white as able to conquer the one-time champ,with a bang!
Oct-22-07  Ulhumbrus: After 14...Qg5 Black appears to have prospects of attack on the King side. The pair of moves 15 h4! followed by 16 g4 acts like a magic spell, appropriating the initiative on the King side, transforming Black's prospects of attack along the f file into prospects of a King side pawn storm for White.
Feb-14-08  ChessNewBe123: Question from a beginner: Why is this position lost for black?
Feb-14-08  Shams: <ChessNewBe123>
32...Bxg2 33.Qxg2 Bh6 34.Rxd7 is murderous. Black's dark-squared bishop is biting on granite (as Soltis would say) and his knight, the only thing keeping his position together, has just lost his pawn defender. Black can choose between keeping both rooks passive or trading one for white's rook on d7, but then white can win as he pleases. Either mopping up the queenside pawns with his queen or ramming the e- and f-pawns home look like crude but unstoppable ideas.
Feb-18-08  Ulhumbrus: <Shams> Bravo!
Sep-05-13  RedShield: My improvement: <Riumin with a Euwe>
Jan-07-15  alfiepa: a great player Riumin
a pity his death only 34 years old

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