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Cenek Kottnauer vs Max Euwe
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 2, Aug-14
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation General (A28)  ·  0-1



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Aug-05-07  nescio: With 19.Qxd5 (instead of 19.exd5) Nb6 20.Qd4 Kotnauer could have a pawn plus and a safe position. Instead he sacrifices a knight for a pawn and a very short-lived attack.
Aug-05-07  nescio: Hans Kmoch in the tournament book:

<Twee toeschouwers die deze partij met groote aandacht volgden, hadden tijdens de critieke phase ongeveer het volgende gesprek:

"Zou je niet es willen informeren hoe Euwe staat?"
"'k Heb net gevraagd: ellendig zeggen ze."
"Zie je wel, ellendig. Natuurlijk staat ie ellendig. Hij had geen Fransch mogen spelen." "Fransch? Het is geen Fransch geweest maar Engelsch." "Nou ja, Fransch of Engelsch, dat maakt niet veel uit. Ik bedoel alleen dat Spaansch veel beter was geweest." "Spaansch kon niet omdat Wit geen e4 heeft gespeeld." "Geen e4 gespeeld? Neem me niet kwalijk: de pion staat nog steeds op e4." "Die kwam er pas later."
"Goed, later. Dan had Euwe later Spaansch moeten spelen. Daar schrijft hij altijd over verwisseling van zetten, en als het er op aan komt...Hé kijk es, daar gaat ie. Kottnauer heeft een stuk geofferd. Ik geloof we kunnen naar huis gaan." "Laten we nog even wachten. Misschien vindt Euwe nog iets" "Dat zal niet meevallen. Pas maar op, het wordt nog een schoonheidsprijs voor dien Rus." "Kottnauer is een Tsjech."
"Dacht je soms dat een Tsjech geen schoonheidsprijs kon winnen? Kijk, nou krijgt ie al iets terug; Euwe moet het van een paar schaakjes hebben. 't Is verschrikkelijk. Hoe noemen ze dat ook weer? Schaak der wrake! Het is uit. Inderdaad uit. Ze zijn al aan 't analyseeren." "Ja maar hoor es: het is toch Kottnauer die de partij heeft opgegeven. Kottnauer!" "Ko.... Ko.... Kokot.... Kokokottnauer? Och zoo, je bedoelt Kottnauer. Natuurlijk Kottnauer! Dattee....zag ik allang aankomen. Dacht je soms dat Euwe van zoo iemand ging verliezen? Haha! Niks hoor! Geef mij maar onzen doctor Euwe!">

Aug-15-07  wolfmaster: I wonder whether Kottnauer sacrificed the knight willingly or just blundered it away!
Aug-15-07  paul1959: 23 Qe3 looks like the losing move

23 h4 could have been better , giving the White king an escape on h2. Then White would threaten Qe5 followed by an eventual d6 or Bh3

Nov-09-07  Cibator: Kottnauer rated (19)exd5? as his gravest error. The background to it is interesting. After winning well in his first-round game, CK was full - perhaps too full - of confidence, and chose this sharpish opening for the Round 2 encounter with Euwe. Then with (17)Nf5 he initiated what appeared to be an elegant mating combination .... only to find too late that his intended (22)Rxf8+ and (23) Qd8# had been a mirage - his own pawn blocks the d-file!!
Nov-09-07  Giearth: 32.♖xf8 ♕f2+
May-14-10  Cibator: In fact Cenek could have remarked: "we'd f'kottnauer d-pawn was in the way" (which is too awful even for a CG pun).
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  profK: 21...Kh7 22.Be4 may have been the other mirage....and 21...Nf8 was the shock.
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  OrangeTulip: Hilarious comment by Kmoch, brought to us by Nescio. A pitty it is in Dutch.
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  WorstPlayerEver: <A pitty it is in Dutch.>

Yeah... *sighs*

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  WorstPlayerEver: "So you think a Czech can’t win a beauty prize? Look, now he’s already getting something back from it; Euwe has to rely on a few checks. It’s pathetic! How do they call this? Check of revenge (literally translated). Over and out. They’re already doing the post-mortem."

Anyway, it's a bit of a cheesy display of two kibitzers who deliberately try to misunderstand each other. Typical 1920-30 Dutch case of *wittiness*

Jun-03-18  ChessHigherCat: <Orange Tulip> or <Sneaky> or <WPE>: I did a translation but I just taught myself Dutch so please correct any mistakes (I'm especially doubtful about the parts between asterisks (**)):

<Two spectators who were watching the game very attentively had the following conversation, more or less, during the critical phase: "Don’t you want to find out how Euwe is doing?"

"I didn’t ask; miserably, they say."

"You see, miserably. Of course, he’s doing miserably. He shouldn’t have played the French."

"The French? It was the English, not the French."

"Well French or English, it doesn’t make much difference. I just mean the Spanish would have been much better."

"The Spanish was impossible because white didn’t play e4." "Didn’t play e4? I beg your pardon, but the pawn is still on e4." "It didn’t get there until later."

"Fine, later. Then Euwe should have played the Spanish later. He’s always writing about changing moves, but when it comes to it...Hey look, there he goes. Kottnauer has sacrificed a piece. I think we can go home."

"Let’s watch a bit longer. Maybe Euwe will find something yet "

"That won’t happen. Just you watch, it will be a beauty prize for that Russian."

"Kottnauer is a Czech."

"So you think a Czech can’t win a beauty prize? Look, now he’s already getting something back from it; All Euwe has left is a few checks. It's pathetic! What do they call that again? Spite checks! It’s all over. Over and out. They’re already doing the postmortem."

"Yeah, but listen: Kottnauer is the one who resigned the game. Kottnauer!" "Ko.... Ko.... Kokot.... Kokokottnauer? Aha, you mean Kottnauer. Of course, Kottnauer! ***Dattee***....I saw it coming a long time ago. Did you think that Euwe was going to lose to someone like that? Haha! Nothing doing! Give me our Dr. Euwe!">

Jun-03-18  ChessHigherCat: Thanks <WPE>, I incorporated your corrections. I thought it was pretty funny and it may even have been based on a real conversation, as Kmoch says.
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  WorstPlayerEver: <CHC>

It may be funny if you read this kind of nonsense for the first time, yes. But after a while it gets somewhat weary.

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  sneaky pete: <CHC> I hadn't seen this Kmoch caper before. Your translation is excellent. *Dattee* should be and simply means dat (= that), pronounced slow and hesitating while mentally adapting to the new truth that not our Dr. Euwe but that Russian had a miserable position.
Jun-04-18  ChessHigherCat: Thanks <Sneaky Pete> for the explanation of "dattee" and sorry for confusing you with <Sneaky>, I knew one of you guys spoke Dutch :-)

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