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

by Boris Schipkov

The World Chess Championship match Max Euwe - Alexander Alekhine 1937 took place in the Netherlands.
Standings after 10 games: Euwe - Alekhine 3.5 - 6.5.

The USSR Chess Championship match Mikhail Botvinnik - Grigory Levenfish 1937 took place in Moscow (1-8) and Leningrad.
Standings after 10 games: Botvinnik - Levenfish 5.5 - 4.5.

Alekhine, Alexander - Euwe, Max [D10]
World Championship (6) 1937

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. e4 e5 5. Bxc4
The alternatives are 5. Nf3 and 5. dxe5.
5...exd4








   
6. Nf3! b5?
The decisive mistake. Better is 6...dxc3 with a wild game.
7. Nxb5! Ba6
If 7...cxb5 then 8. Bd5.
8. Qb3! Qe7 9. O-O Bxb5 10. Bxb5 Nf6 11. Bc4 Nbd7 12. Nxd4 Rb8 13. Qc2 Qc5 14. Nf5! Ne5 15. Bf4 Nh5








   
16. Bxf7+
Also possible is 16. Bxe5 Qxe5 17. Qa4.
16...Kxf7 17. Qxc5 Bxc5 18. Bxe5 Rb5 19. Bd6 Bb6 20. b4 Rd8 21. Rad1 c5 22. bxc5 Bxc5 23. Rd5
Black resigned. 1-0

Levenfish, Grigory - Botvinnik, Mikhail [E34]
Moscow-Leningrad m (7) 1937

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nf3 c5 7. Bd2 Bxc3 8. Bxc3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 e5 10. Nf3
Interesting is 10. Nf5.
10...Nc6 11. Rd1 Qc5 12. e3 O-O








   
13. Be2 Bg4
The chances are even.
14. O-O Rac8 15. Qb3 Qe7 16. h3 Bh5 17. Qa4 Rfd8 18. Qh4 a6 19. Rxd8+ Rxd8 20. Rd1 Rxd1+ 21. Bxd1 Qd6 22. Bb3








   
23...Bxf3!
A la Morozevich. Black weakens the rival's kingside.
23. gxf3 b5 24. Kg2 Nd7 25. Qh5 g6 26. Qh4 Nc5 27. Bc2 a5! 28. Qg4?!
More precise is 28. a3.
28...b4 29. Qc8+?!
29. Be1 is better.
29...Kg7 30. Be1 Qd5!?
Also interesting is 30...f5 31. Qe8 Qd5 with a small edge to Black.
31. Qa8
Or 31. Qe8 f5.
31...Qc4?
Correct is 31...Qe6.
32. Bb1?
Correct is 32. Bxg6! hxg6 33. Qxc6 Qc2 34. Bd2! with equality.
32...Qd5 33. a3?








   
33...e4!
Beginning a powerful attack.
34. fxe4 Nxe4 35. Ba2
Or 35. Bxe4 Qxe4+ 36. Kg1 Qb1 37. Qxc6 Qxe1+ 38. Kg2 Qb1.
35...Qd7! 36. axb4 Ng5 37. Bc3+ Kh6 38. Kf1
If 38.Qf8+ then 38...Kh5 39. Qc5 Qxh3+ 40. Kg1 Nxb4.
38...Qd1+ 39. Kg2 Qf3+ 40. Kf1 Ne4 41. Qf8+
White resigned. 0-1

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