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Efim Geller vs Max Euwe
"Game Euwe" (game of the day Sep-16-2009)
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 2, Aug-31
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch. O'Kelly Variation (E26)  ·  0-1



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Feb-17-10  SuperPatzer77: Euwe's brilliant move is 22...Rh8!!!! O' Divine!! What a counterplay by Black!!

23. Qxh8 Rc2!, 24. Rc1 Rxg2+, 25. Kf1 Qb3! (preventing 26. Be3 and stronger than 25...Qa2), 26. Ke1 Qf3! (White has no defense against the inevitable checkmate) 0-1

If Max Euwe were alive, I'd have bought Max Euwe and myself Amstel Light beer imported from Holland and said to him "Cheers to Max Euwe". :-D


Aug-14-10  sevenseaman: Very clever!
Dec-25-11  talisman: <SuperPatzer77> you are right. the counterattack plan starts on move 16 however. This game won a brilliancy also.
Jul-13-12  tarek1: GM Boris Alterman commented on this game on ICC today in this video (link works for ICC members). It was part of his "Art of defense" series, #4.
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  RookFile: An excellent counter-attack and great play by Euwe.
Jun-25-13  talisman: after 21 moves it looks like black is crumbling...the his 22nd comes!
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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 2 I selected this game to cover:
Sep-03-14  Mating Net: While this game will always be about one of the best moves of all time 22...Rh8!! there is an under rated quiet move that makes it possible, 11...Ne8. Black protects his dark squares after he exchanged off his dark squared Bishop. If not for this move, Black gets mated and 22...Rh8!! does not occupy its place in chess history.
Nov-12-14  tranquilsimplicity: Indeed. Rh8!! is the move of the game. Game Euwe.#
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  thegoodanarchist: 22...Rh8 is a move of startling beauty.
Dec-03-18  MrJafari: Although Euwe played well, I think White had some inaccuracies that let him to play that way...And I'll add this game to my collections...
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  tamar: Best game ever in Euwe ouevre?
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  keypusher: <tamar> The author one of my early chessbooks -- can't remember which one -- had absolutely no doubt that this was Euwe's best:

Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948

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  Dionysius1: A frightful pun. How dare Euwe!
Dec-19-18  Frits Fritschy: For any English speaker having trouble pronouncing de 'eu'-sound in Euwe's name: get a Pink Panther movie from your videoshop and listen to Clouseau saying: "Do you have a REUM?"
Feb-19-19  brimarern: I've dubbed this The Great ¡Olé! Game due to one of the most ridiculously beautiful moves I've seen -22...Rh8!!. The Queen like a bull goes right by its intended target via a rook sac , and all the while executing a counter-attack. Dr. Euwe's games had a lot of snap crackle and pop in em!
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  Dionysius1: I agree, and it's amazing that Euwe has time for ...♕b3 and ...♕f3. As brave a combination as I think I've seen.

Anyone want to argue that it was just plain necessary? I don't have the skills to judge that.

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  Dionysius1: And the pun is brilliant. I've never said that before here.
May-16-20  MaczynskiPratten: Even at the end there is a nice wrinkle. 26...Qf3 threatens Qf2+ and Rg1#. White can stop this with 27 Rf4. But this blocks his Bishop's diagonal, so Black now switches to Qe3+ and Qd2#. A neat interference ploy!

Playing through this game again I'm struck afresh by the knife-edge complications from move 15 onwards. After 19...Nxd3 I wondered about 20 exd7 which forks Rook and Knight and threatens promotion. But I had overlooked 20...Qc6!

In boxing this might be termed a "slugfest" (though this is much more subtle). In the end, Euwe gets his KO blow in first.

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  Rickdudester: Does anyone care to comment on Geller's 18th move, e5? I can't quite understand what it achieves.
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  Dionysius1: <Rickdudester> It's to open the diagonal pointing at h7. Sacrificing a pawn and having the white squared bishop swapped off is little to pay for getting the unobstructed Q onto that diagonal.

Kasparov asserted that to have an effective attack needs 3 pieces aimed at the King, and White's Q is the 3rd.

That's my take on it. Anyone?

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  Dionysius1: And welcome to kibitzing, <Rickdudester>! You'll have seen we're a friendly bunch :-)
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  moronovich: <Rickdudester: Does anyone care to comment on Geller's 18th move, e5? I can't quite understand what it achieves.>

To open for a perhaps deadly attack on h7/the black king.As <Dionysius 1>mentions.

And hasnt black had -Rh8(!!)followed by Rc2 the final result may have been the reverse.A very difficult sequence to spot in advance that Geller may very well may have overlooked.

Oct-03-21  sudoplatov: Fiddling with one of the online Stockfishes, Euwe's 22...Rh8 hasn't seen through 30 plies. Forcing 22...Rh8 23. Qxh8 Rc2, Stockfish likes 24.d5 and if 24...Bd5 then 25.Rd1 Rxg2+, 26.Kf1...

After 26...Ra1,27.Bd2, Stockfish sees 0.0 after 36 plies.

It still seems complicated.

Oct-03-21  DouglasGomes: <sudoplatov>
White had some resources left based on counterattack, point being:

24. d5
Trying to block Black's Queen or getting Re4 in (24... Qxd5 Re4 25. Qc5+ 26. Be3)
24... Bxd5
25. Rd1
Trying to achieve Bd2 and Re1, with devastating threats (We have Rf2 and Nf1 if any sacrifices)

25... Rxg2+ 26. Kf1 Ra2
26... Qb6 27. Rdd4! (only) Ra2 28. Be2 Bc4+ 29. Rxc4 Qxe3 30. Qh5+ (White is getting there)
26... gxh6!? 27. Qxh6 (Black can choose to play exchange down)

27. Bd2 (with threats) Bc4+ 28. Rxc4 Qxc4+

29. Ke1 (best) Qe6+ (for example)
30. Ne2 keeps queens on the board (Three pawns for the piece)
31. Kf1!? Qg4 32. Qh5+ Qxh5 Nxh5 (Black has a tiny edge)

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