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Max Euwe vs Theo D van Scheltinga
Hoogovens (1950), Beverwijk NED, rd 3, Jan-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: In the final position, Black has only one safe check left: 55...Qf8+ 56.Kd7. Now Black has no safe checks and the a-pawn will promote next to give White two queens.

White will make two queens and trade one off; White queen for Black queen. White's remaining queen will become all powerful, almost unstoppable, attacking move after move. Black will become overwhelmed without the services of a queen to fight back. Black must try to avoid trading off his only queen, but this will be difficult to achieve.

In the endgame, a lone queen can use her long distance speed and the ability to simultaneously check and fork to snip off the opponent's remaining pawns. She can attack pawns from the front, side and from behind. She can usually wipeout a hand full of opposing pawns by herself as long as those pawns are not too far advanced.

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