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Max Euwe vs Paul Keres
Euwe - Keres (1939/40), Hilversum NED, rd 13, Jan-13
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-16-09  Bob726: Why a draw? Isn't black just up a pawn for minimial comp here?
Jul-16-09  sneaky pete: This was game 13 of a 14 game match, with Keres leading 7 against 5 points. Euwe could safely try a risky pawn sacrifice, because for him loss or draw made no difference. Keres proposed the draw to ensure match victory, then went on to lose, as white, the last game.
Aug-04-14  sneaky pete: Game 13, Hilversum, January 13.
Feb-01-15  poorthylacine: In fact, accepting the draw -it was Keres who proposed it, and his opponent who accepted- was for Euwe exactly equivalent to resigning the match, and when we consider the score was equivalent at this moment, this decision of Euwe was astonishing like if for solme kind of reason the dutch ex world champion was no more interested to go on fighting...
Feb-01-15  poorthylacine: I just see Keres was leading; and he had a little advantage in the position at the end; but with more fight spirit Euwe if winning however this game, had still a hope of an equal result of the match by winning the last game too, but as he deed, it was no more necessary even to play this last game, lose or win it could no more change the final result of his defeat; so this looks like the match was really only a friendly event; playing only for the fun and in order to create chess beauty, after all, why not?

But for me it looks always strange and not satisfactory nor logical when winning the last game of a match has as result losing the competition!!

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