Alekhine-Euwe 1937 World Title Match
Game 22: A new analysis to save Euwe’s position
I have always been fascinated by the 1937 return-match between Max Euwe and Alexander Alekhine, which saw Alekhine regain his World Title that he had lost in 1935. Historically, this would be the last world championship match before the second World War.
Extremely hard fought, filled with daring innovations and brilliant attacks and counter-attacks, this match inspired generations of chessplayers and significantly influenced modern day opening theory.
Alekhine himself, as well as the future World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik, published exhaustive analyses which stood the test of time for more than 50 years.
Only with the advent of computers has new light been shed on their analysis.
Several months ago, while replaying the fascinating 22nd game for what seemed like the zillionth time, I found a possible saving idea for Euwe that had gone unnoticed by everyone — by both players included — as well as by the great Garri Kasparov when he annotated this game in Volume 1 of his iconic series ‘My Great Predecessors‘.
Just this past week I checked this idea with the help of my chess computer and everything has been verified. I present this analysis below.
Alekhine,A – Euwe,M
World Championship 1937
Game #22 27.11.1937