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Gerard Oskam vs Max Euwe
NED-ch (1919), The Hague NED, rd 1, Dec-26
Queen Pawn Game: Levitsky Attack (D00)  ·  1-0



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Jun-25-04  mack: How bizarre.
Dec-09-04  fasting: Yes bizarre, but a fast win! Euwe must have missed 7.Qb3! Or maybe he thought that 8.Qxb7 wasn't dangerous course the queen gets cought by 9.Qxa8, Bxb4+
Dec-09-04  drukenknight: He could make a game out of it w/ 8...Bb4+; yes?
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  beatgiant: <drukenknight>:
<He could make a game out of it w/ 8...Bb4+; yes?>

Did you find a way for him to save the piece?

After 8...♗b4+ 9. ♔d1 ♔d7 10. cd ed 11. ♗b5 ♗g4 12. ♗xc6+ ♕xc6 13. ♕xb4 ♖b8 14. ♕a3 Black appears to have insufficient compensation for a piece and a pawn.

Dec-09-04  drukenknight: it's 9...00 then 10 Qxc6 Be4 your turn.
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  beatgiant: <drukenknight>: Agreed, Black can make a game of it on 8...♗b4+ 9. ♔d1 0-0.

What did you discover against 8...♗b4+ 9. ♘bd2 , seemingly still getting a large material advantage in safer conditions? For example 9...♗xd2+ 10. ♔xd2 ♔d7 11. cd ed 12. ♗b5 ♖fb8 13. ♕xc6+ ♕xc6 14. ♘e5+ .

Dec-10-04  drukenknight: oh that other line? I thought black brings the Q in to give check? try that one, it starts with the BxN thing if I recall. I was happy to figure out 9...00 that is the key to keeping the attack going, I think there is a lesson to be learned there about how to save that back rank just 00 at the right moment, on his move 8 something was overlooked.
Dec-10-04  nikolaas: What is wrong with 10....Rb8?
Dec-10-04  drukenknight: nikoklaas in the game as played, 11 Ne5+ is sure to follow
Aug-30-07  Guguni: A very bad game by very young Euwe. He really got beaten up like a child.
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  Bishoprick: After 10 ... Rb8 come Qxb8. End of story.
Aug-30-09  chillowack: <Bishoprick: After 10 ... Rb8 come Qxb8. End of story.> What, and give away the queen after 11...Bb4+?

Why? There are better continuations.

Aug-30-09  Steele: Yeah After 10 ... Rb8 come Qxb8 is simply wrong. The proper continuation to 10 ... Rb8 is QXc6+ with Ne5+ to follow.
Dec-29-10  Sem: Almost a replica of the game a year before, only even shorter.
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  perfidious: <Sem: Almost a replica of the game a year before, only even shorter.>

Surely the studious Dr Euwe, of all people, would not lose the same miniature twice-this seems implausible to me, and the whole mess smacks of a different version of the same game being thoughtlessly transcribed from one database to another.

Next question: which game, then, is correct?

Aug-25-11  TheTamale: ker-SPANK!!
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  GrahamClayton: 7...b6 8. cxd5 exd5 9. ♕xd5 while losing a pawn, at least keeps Black surviving until the middlegame, unlike the quick finish in the actual game.
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  tpstar: Black must have been playing for the trap 9. Qxa8?! Bb4+ winning the Queen, which also works after 11. Qxb8?! Bb4+. Instead Black loses his Queen after the Family Fork 12. Ne5+.

Hard to believe this was a real game. Euwe may have been surprised by 1. d4 d5 2. Bg5!? but the subsequent opening course played right into White's hands.

Apr-05-13  thomastonk: I don't like 5.. h6. With the queen's bishop outside the pawn chain, one has a weak b7 square and a weak a4-e8 diagonal. So, moves like 5.. c6, 5.. ♘d7, 5.. ♗b4+ or 5.. ♗xb1 followed by 6.. ♗b4+ seem to be more sensible.

The decisive mistake is 7.. ♘c6, but here it is already difficult or impossible to get equal play. <Graham>'s 7.. b6 line ist . Maybe 7.. ♘d7 is an idea. Black will lose a pawn here, too, but at least he will get developed.

In the game, ♗b4+ as 8th, 9th or 10th move cannot save Black.

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  Stonehenge: According to the newspaper it lasted only 11 moves. Played on December 26th, perhaps Euwe had too much punch :)

Apr-05-13  thomastonk: <Stonehenge> Well, also the 12-move-version has a newspaper: ;-)

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  Stonehenge: Thanks, now I have to look for a 13-move version :)
Oct-30-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Must be a different Max Euwe.
Aug-25-15  whiteshark: "Teaching young Euwe a lesson"

- Maizelis, The Soviet Chess Primer

Mar-28-20  MordimerChess: After 5...h6 black loses the pawn. It was better to play: 5...Bxb1 6. Rxb1 Bb4+ 7. Nd2 ⩲
5...c6 6. Qb3 Qc7 7. Bxf6 gxf6 ⩲
5...Nbd7 6. Qb3 Be7 7. Qxb7 Rb8 8. Qxa7 Rxb2 =

8... Kd7 was a rather poor try to set up the trap. Black could try something crazier, for example:

8...Bb4+ 9. Nc3 Nxd4
and if white takes the rooks the game could become quite crazy:

10. Qxa8+ Kd7 11. Qxh8 Nxf3+ 12. Kd1 Bxc3:

And in this position white can't take two hanging minor pieces!

13. gxf3 Bb4 14. Qb8 Qxb2 15. Qxb4 Bc2+ 16. Ke2 Qxb4 17. cxd5 Ke7 18. Bh3 Qb5+ 19. Kd2 Qd3+ 20. Ke1 Qc3+ 21. Ke2 Bd3+ 22. Kd1 Qc2+ 23. Ke1 Qe2#

13. bxc3 Qxc3 14. gxf3 Qxa1+ 15. Kd2 Qb2+ 16. Ke1 Qc3+ 17. Kd1 Bc2+ 18. Kc1 Bd3+ 19. Kd1 Qc2+ 20. Ke1 Qc1#

The only way to save the game is
13. cxd5 with idea of Bb5 for example Bb4 14. Bb5+ Kd6 15. Qf8+ Qe7 16. Qxe7+ Kxe7 17. gxf3 and white has more material.

The problem is that white could simply play 10. Nxd4 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 O-O ą and continue with extra minor piece.

My analysis:
Enjoy! It's pretty nice game in simple looking position.

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