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The review 5 numbers of the newspaper "64" for November, 1937

by Boris Schipkov

The World Chess Championship match Max Euwe - Alexander Alekhine 1937 took place in the Netherlands.
Final Standings: Euwe - Alekhine 9.5 - 15.5 (-10, +4, =11).

The USSR Chess Championship match Mikhail Botvinnik - Grigory Levenfish 1937 took place in Moscow (1-8) and Leningrad. Levenfish defended the title.
Final Standings: Botvinnik - Levenfish 6.5 - 6.5 (+5, -5, =3).

Euwe, Max - Alekhine, Alexander [D17]
World Championship 17th (11) 1937

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. Bg5 Bb4 8. f3 h6 9. Bxf6
The alternative is 9. Bh4.








   
9...gxf6!?
Also possible is 9...Qxf6.
10. Nxc4 c5 11. dxc5 Qxd1+ 12. Rxd1! Bc2 13. Rc1 Bb3 14. Nd2 Bxc3 15. Rxc3 Bxa4 16. e4
White has a slight edge thanks to a better pawn structure.
16...Ke7 17. Bd3 Rd8 18. Ke2 Nc6 19. Ke3
Interesting is 19. Ra1!? Bb5 20. Bxb5 Nd4+ 21. Ke3 Nxb5 22. Rd3 with a microscopic advantage.
19...Nb4!
Black levels.
20. Bb1 Bb5 21. Nb3
If 21. f4 then 21...Rd7 with counterplay.








   
21...f5! 22. Na5! b6 23. cxb6 axb6 24. Nc4 Ra1
Possible is 24...fxe4!? 25. fxe4 Na2 26. Rc2 Nb4 with repetition.
25. Na3
Interesting is 25. Nxb6!? Rb8 26. Nc4 fxe4 27. fxe4 Bxc4 28. Rxc4 Na6 29. Rc2 Rb3+ 30. Ke2 Ra5 (30...Kd6) 31. Rd1 Nc5 with more or less equal play.
25...Ba6 26. Rb3 Nd3 27. exf5 Nxb2! 28. Rxb2 Rxa3+ 29. Kf2 Rd6 30. fxe6 Rxe6
Draw. 1/2-1/2

Levenfish, Grigory - Botvinnik, Mikhail [B14]
Moscow/Leningrad m (13) 1937

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Qb3 c5 7. cxd5 cxd4 8. exd4 Nbd7 9. Be2 Nb6 10. Bf3 Bf5 11. Rd1 Qd7 12. h3 h5 13. Be5 Rfd8 14. Bxf6








   
14...exf6?!
Better is 14...Bxf6.
15. Nge2
White has a small but lasting advantage.
15...Rac8 16. O-O Nc4?!
Interesting is 16...h4.
17. Ng3 Nd6 18. Rfe1 Bf8 19. Be4! Bxe4 20. Ngxe4 Nxe4 21. Nxe4
With a clear edge to White due to a strong extra pawn in the center.
21...Kg7 22. Qf3?!
More precise is 22. Nc3.
22...f5 23. Nc3 b5! 24. a3 a5 25. Qg3 b4 26. axb4 axb4 27. Ne2 Kh7?!
Correct is 27...Bd6.
28. Nf4 Re8 29. Qf3 Rcd8 30. Re5 Bg7
If 30...Bd6 then 31. Nxh5! with a powerful attack.








   
31. Rde1! Rc8
After 31...Bxe5 32. dxe5 Qc7 (32...Qa7 33. Nxh5!) 33. Qe3 White has the initiative.
32. d6!
White's advantage is incontestable.
32...Rf8
Or 32...Bxe5 33. dxe5 Rc6 34. Qd1.
33. Rd5 Rfe8 34. Rxe8 Rxe8 35. Nd3 Rd8 36. Nc5
Winning.
36...Qc6 37. d7 Bxd4 38. Rxd4 Qxc5 39. Qd5! Qxd5 40. Rxd5 Kg7 41. Kf1
Black resigned. 1-0

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