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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Max Euwe
Capablanca - Euwe (1931), Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Scheveningen NED, rd 5, Jul-20
Tarrasch Defense: Classical Variation (D34)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-29-05  paladin at large: Capablanca gets backed to the wall in the middlegame but manages to salvage the draw by coolly (it takes some time) simplifying to a queen and pawn endgame.
Aug-29-05  RookFile: Another example of just how tough Capablanca was to beat. He was a terrific defender.
Jun-26-09  AnalyzeThis: Euwe certainly was ready for the opening in this game.
Oct-24-15  onam: 15... Axe2 and The White queen is overloaded.
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  woldsmandriffield: A poor opening by Capablanca was compounded by 16 Nxf7? and 20 h4? After 20..Qf6 White's position would be resignable as 21 Qf3 d2 wins the Queen, 21 f4 Rfe8 is horrific, and 21 Ne4 fails to 21..Nf3+ 22 Bxf3 Qxf3 23 Qe3 Qxe3 24 fxe3 d2

Euwe's 20..h6 should also be good enough eg 21 Nh3 Nf3+ 22 Bxf3 Rxf3 23 Nf4 Rxf4 but he let Capablanca wriggle out of it.

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Here Capablanca had good prospects of survival with 25 Qxd8 Rxd8 26 Bxf3 Qxa2 27 Rxe2. 25 Qe3? was a serious misjudgement as after 25..Rd1 26 Rc1 instead of Euwe's 26..Rxc1? the move 26..Re8 wins material.

The later stages may be affected by time trouble.

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Here, 33 Qd5+ Kh7 34 f4 is the simplest route to a draw although Capablanca was able to hold the Q&P ending that arose in the game.

Overall, Euwe should certainly have leveled the match score at 1:1 in this game.

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