[blind-chess] Annotated Game #070: Max Euwe - Richard Reti, Amsterdam 1920

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Annotated Game #070:
Max Euwe - Richard Reti, Amsterdam 1920
Adapted and Condensed from
Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia


++1.    Machgielis (Max) Euwe
++1.A   Early years
++1.B   Early career
++1.C   World Champion
++1.D   Later career
++1.E   FIDE President
++1.F   Assessment of Euwe's chess
++1.G   Chess books by Euwe
++1/H   Other interesting accounts
++1.I   Notable chess games
++1.J   Quotations
++2.    Richard Reti
++2.A   Biography
++2.B   Famous endgame study
++2.C   Notable chess games
++2.D   Publications
++3.    Max Euwe - Richard Reti, Amsterdam 1920

++1.    Machgielis (Max) Euwe

Machgielis (Max) Euwe (May 20, 1901 - November 26, 1981) was a
Dutch chess Grandmaster, mathematician, and author. He was the
fifth player to become World Chess Champion (1935-1937). Euwe also
served as President of FIDE, the World Chess Federation, from 1970
to 1978.

++1.A   Early years

Euwe was born in Watergraafsmeer, near Amsterdam. He studied
mathematics at the University of Amsterdam, earning his doctorate
in 1926, and taught mathematics, first in Rotterdam, and later at
a girls' Lyceum in Amsterdam. He published a mathematical analysis
of the game of chess from an intuitionistic point of view, in which
he showed, using the Thue-Morse sequence, that the then-official
rules did not exclude the possibility of infinite games.

++1.B   Early career

Euwe won every Dutch chess championship that he participated in
from 1921 until 1952, and additionally won the title in 1955 - his
12 titles are still a record. The only other winners during this
period were Salo Landau in 1936, when Euwe, then world champion,
did not compete, and Jan Hein Donner in 1954. He became the world
amateur chess champion in 1928, at The Hague, with a score of

Euwe had a young family and could only play competitive chess
during school vacations, so his opportunities for international
chess competition at the top level were limited. But he performed
well in the few tournaments and matches for which he could find
time from the early 1920s to the mid 1930s. Fine comments, "Euwe's
main international successes came in the form of narrow defeats" -
but these were in matches against the world's best: Alekhine
(1926), Capablanca (1931) and Spielmann (1935); and Euwe drew a
match with Flohr in 1932. His playing strength gradually increased,
so that by 1932 he and Flohr were regarded as Alekhine's most
credible challengers.

At Zurich 1934, Euwe finished second, behind only World Champion
Alexander Alekhine, and he defeated Alekhine in their game.
Alekhine was in an eight-year stretch, from 1927-35, where he lost
only six games in tournament play.

++1.C   World Champion

On December 15, 1935 after 30 games played in 13 different cities
around The Netherlands over a period of 80 days, Euwe defeated
Alekhine by 15.5-14.5, becoming the fifth World Chess Champion.
Alekhine quickly went two games ahead, but from game 13 onwards
Euwe won twice as many games as Alekhine. His title gave a huge
boost to chess in The Netherlands. This was also the first world
championship match in which the players had seconds to help them
with analysis during adjournments.

Euwe's win was a major upset--he reportedly had believed that
beating Alekhine was unlikely - and is sometimes attributed to
Alekhine's alcoholism. But Salo Flohr, who was helping Euwe during
the match, thought over-confidence was more of a problem than
alcohol for Alekhine in this match, and Alekhine himself said he
would win easily. Former World Champions Vasily Smyslov, Boris
Spassky, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov analyzed the match for
their own benefit and concluded that Euwe deserved to win and that
the standard of play was worthy of a world
championship. Vladimir Kramnik, ex-champion and still a strong
contender, said that Euwe won the 1935 match on merit and that the
result was not affected by Alekhine's drinking before or during the

Euwe's performances in the great tournaments of Nottingham 1936 and
the 1938 AVRO tournament indicate he was a worthy champion, even if
he was not as dominant as the earlier champions. Reuben Fine wrote,
"In the two years before the return match, Euwe's strength
increased. Although he never enjoyed the supremacy over his rivals
that his predecessors had, he had no superiors in this period."

Euwe lost the title to Alekhine in a rematch in 1937, also played
in The Netherlands, by the lopsided margin of 15.5-9.5. Alekhine
had given up alcohol to prepare for the rematch, although he would
start drinking again later. Alekhine got back to the sort of form
he had shown from 1927-1935, when he dominated chess. The match was
a real contest initially, but Euwe's play collapsed near the end
and he lost four of the last five games. Fine, who was Euwe's
second in this match, attributed the collapse to nervous tension,
possibly aggravated by Euwe's attempts to maintain a calm

The two world title matches against Alekhine represent the heart of
Euwe's career. Altogether, the two played 86 competitive games, and
Alekhine had a +28 -20 =38 lead, according to chessgames.com. Many
of Alekhine's wins came early in their series; he was nine years
older, and had more experience during that time. Then in the return
match, Alekhine won by six points. So, during the period 1925-1935,
the two were very closely matched.

++1.D   Later career

Euwe finished equal fourth with Alekhine and Reshevsky in the AVRO
tournament of 1938 in The Netherlands, which featured the world's
top eight players and was an attempt to decide who should challenge
Alekhine for the world championship. Euwe also had a major
organizational role in the event.

He played a match with Paul Keres in The Netherlands in 1939-40,
losing 6.5-7.5.

After Alekhine's death in 1946, Euwe was considered by some to have
a moral right to the position of world champion, based at least
partially on his clear second place finish in the great tournament
at Groningen in 1946, behind Mikhail Botvinnik. But Euwe consented
to participate in a five-player tournament to select the new
champion, the World Chess Championship 1948. However at 47, Euwe
was significantly older than the other players, and well past his
best. He finished last.

His final major tournament was the Candidates' Tournament in
Zurich, 1953, in which he finished next to last.

He played for The Netherlands in a total of seven Chess Olympiads,
from 1927 to 1962, a 35-year-span, always on first board. He scored
10.5/15 at London 1927, 9.5/13 at Stockholm 1937 for a bronze
medal, 8/12 at Dubrovnik 1950, 7.5/13 at Amsterdam 1954, 8.5/11 at
Munich 1958 for a silver medal at age 57, 6.5/16 at Leipzig 1960,
and finally 4/7 at Varna 1962. His aggregate was 54.5/87 for 62.6
per cent.

In 1957 Euwe played a short match against 14-year-old future world
champion Bobby Fischer, winning one game and drawing the other. His
lifetime score against Fischer was one win, one loss, and one draw.

Euwe won a total of 102 first prizes in tournaments during his
career. While it is true that many of those were local and were not
very strong, the total is very impressive, considering that Euwe
was never a true professional player.

++1.E   FIDE President
From 1970 (when he was 69 years old) until 1978, he was president
of the FIDE. As president Euwe usually did what he considered
morally right rather than what was politically expedient. On
several occasions this brought him into conflict with the Soviet
Chess Federation, which thought it had the right to call the shots
because it contributed a very large share of FIDE's budget and
Soviet players dominated the world rankings - in effect they
treated chess as an extension of the Cold War. These conflicts
*       The events leading up to Bobby Fischer's participation in
        the World Chess Championship 1972 match against Spassky,
        which led to Fischer's becoming the first non-Soviet
        champion since World War II. Euwe thought it important for
        the health and reputation of the game that Fischer should
        have the opportunity to challenge for the title as soon as
        possible and interpreted the rules very flexibly to enable
        Fischer to play in the 1971 Candidates Tournament.
*       The defection of grandmaster Gennadi Sosonko in 1972. The
        Soviets demanded that Sosonko should be treated as an
        "unperson", excluded from competitive chess, television or
        any other event that might be evidence of his defection.
        Euwe refused, and no Soviet players took part in the 1974
        Wijk aan Zee tournament in The Netherlands because Sosonko
        was playing in it.
*       In 1976 world championship contender Viktor Korchnoi sought
        political asylum in The Netherlands. In a discussion a few
        days earlier Euwe told Korchnoi, "...of course you will
        retain all your rights ..." and later opposed Soviet
        efforts to prevent Korchnoi from challenging for Anatoly
        Karpov's title in 1978.
*       Later in 1976 Euwe supported FIDE's decision to hold the
        1976 Chess Olympiad in Israel, which the Soviet Union did
        not recognize as a country. The Central Committee of
        Communist Party of the Soviet Union then started plotting
        to depose Euwe as president of FIDE.

Of course Euwe lost some of the battles with the Soviets. For
example in 1973 he accepted the Soviets' demand that Bent Larsen
and Robert Huebner, the two strongest non-Soviet contenders
(Fischer was now champion), should play in the Leningrad Interzonal
tournament rather than the weaker one in Petrspolis. Unsurprisingly
Larsen and Huebner were eliminated from the competition for the
World Championship because Korchnoi and Karpov took the first 2
places at Leningrad. Some commentators have also questioned whether
Euwe did as much as he could have to prevent Fischer from
forfeiting his world title in 1975.

Despite the turbulence of the period most assessments of Euwe's
performance as president of FIDE are sympathetic:
*       Spassky, who had nominated Euwe for the job: "He should
        certainly not have disqualified Fischer, and he should have
        been a little tougher with the Soviets.... you get a pile
        of complicated problems. But Euwe, of course, was the man
        for the job."
*       Karpov said Euwe was a very good FIDE President, although
        he did commit one very serious error, rapidly extending the
        membership of FIDE to many small third-world countries.
        "But neither he nor I could have foreseen what this would
        lead to. ... This led not only to the inflation of the
        grandmaster title, but also to the leadership vacuum at the
        head of the world of chess."
*       Garry Kasparov was blunter: "... unfortunately, he could
        not foresee the dangers flowing from a FIDE practically
        under Soviet dominance."
*       Korchnoi regarded Euwe as the last honorable president of
*       Yuri Averbakh, who was a Soviet chess official as well as
        a grandmaster: "... he always sought to understand the
        opposing point of view ... Such behavior was in sharp
        contrast to the behavior of the Soviet delegation leaders
        ... Max Euwe was, without a doubt, the best President FIDE
        ever had."

He died in 1981, age 80, of a heart attack. Revered around the
chess world for his many contributions, he had travelled
extensively while FIDE President, bringing many new members into
the organization.

++1.F   Assessment of Euwe's chess

Euwe was noted for his logical approach and for his knowledge of
the openings, in which he made major contributions to chess
theory. Paradoxically his two title matches with Alexander Alekhine
were displays of tactical ferocity from both sides. But the
comments by Kmoch and Alekhine (below) may explain this: Euwe
"strode confidently into some extraordinarily complex variations"
if he thought logic was on his side; and he was extremely good at
calculating these variations. On the other hand he "often lacked
the stamina to pull himself out of bad positions".

Alekhine was allegedly more frank in his Russian-language articles
than in those he wrote in English, French or German. In his Russian
articles he often described Euwe as lacking in originality and in
the mental toughness required of a world champion. Gennadi Sosonko
thought Euwe's modesty was a handicap in top-class chess (although
Euwe was well aware of how much stronger he was than "ordinary"

Vladimir Kramnik also says Euwe anticipated Botvinnik's emphasis on
technical preparation, and Euwe was usually in good shape
physically because he was a keen sportsman.

++1.G   Chess books by Euwe

Euwe wrote over 70 chess books, far more than any other World
Champion; some of the best-known are The Road to Chess Mastery,
Judgement and Planning in Chess, The Logical Approach to Chess, and
Strategy and Tactics in Chess Play. Former Soviet grandmaster
Gennadi Sosonko used Euwe's Practical Chess Lessons (Practische
Schaaklessen) as a textbook when teaching in the Leningrad House of
Pioneers, and considers it "one of the best chess books ever".
Fischer World Champion, an account of the 1972 World Chess
Championship match, co-authored by Euwe with Jan Timman, was
written in 1972 but not published in English until 2002.

++1.H   Other interesting accounts

In Amsterdam there is a Max Euwe Plein (square) (near the
Leidseplein) with a large chess set and statue, where the 'Max Euwe
Stichting' is located in a former jailhouse. It has a Max Euwe
museum and a large collection of chess books.

His granddaughter, Esmee Lammers, has written a children's book
called Lang Leve de Koningin (Long live the Queen), which is
popular among the youth. It is a fairytale about a young girl who
learns to play chess and at the same time finds her father. Lammers
filmed the story in 1995.

++1.I   Notable chess games

*       Max Euwe vs Efim Bogolyubov, Budapest 1921, French Defence,
        MacCutcheon Variation (C12), 1-0 With wins like these, the
        20-year-old Euwe was building his strength and experience.
*       Max Euwe vs Geza Maroczy, Bad Aussee match 1921, game 4,
        King's Gambit Declined (C30), 1-0 The great Maroczy was a
        bit past his peak by this stage, spotting Euwe 31 years.
*       Siegbert Tarrasch vs Max Euwe, Amsterdam 1923, King's
        Indian Defence (E90), 0-1 In a battle of the two great
        amateurs, Euwe foreshadows what is to come with the King's
        Indian Defence in the years ahead.
*       Sir George Thomas vs Max Euwe, Karlsbad 1923, English
        Opening, Symmetrical Variation (A31), 0-1 In a very sharp
        tactical game, Euwe displays a style which would become
        very popular in upcoming years.
*       Frank Marshall vs Max Euwe, Bad Kissingen 1928, Torre
        Attack, King's Fianchetto Defence (A48), 0-1 Euwe again
        adopts a kingside fianchetto to take off the legendary
        attacker Marshall.
*       Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine, Zurich 1934, Queen's Gambit
        (D31), 1-0 White unleashes a lovely tactic with his 31st
*       Mikhail Botvinnik vs Max Euwe, Hastings 1934-35, Caro-Kann
        Defence, Panov-Botvinnik Attack (B13), 0-1 The young Soviet
        Botvinnik was playing his first tournament in the West, and
        adopts his favourite line, to no avail.
*       Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe, Amsterdam 1936, Four
        Knights' Game (C49), 0-1 Euwe comes out on top after a very
        hard-fought endgame.
*       Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine, Zandvoort-Wch 1935 (26th
        game of the match), Dutch (A90), 1-0 Game called "The Pearl
        of Zandvoort"; the decisive victory of the match and at the
        same time a beautiful demonstration of the strength of
        passed pawns.
*       Paul Keres vs Max Euwe, Zandvoort 1936, French Defense:
        Advance Variation. Nimzowitsch System (C02), 0-1 Struggle
        around the advanced White Pe5 transforms into an attack
        against the White King.
*       Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine, World Championship Match
        1937, game 17, Slav Defence, Czech Variation (D19),(1-0)
        Outstanding precision by the champion.
*       Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine, World Championship Match
        1937, game 29, Queen's Gambit (D40), 1-0 Alekhine called
        this game Euwe's best of the entire series.
*       Efim Geller vs Max Euwe, Zurich (candidates tournament)
        1953 Nimzo-Indian Defense, Saemisch Variation, 0-1 Geller
        tries to smash Euwe off the board, but Euwe sacrifices a
        rook for a deadly counterattack.
*       Max Euwe vs Robert James Fischer, New York m 1957, Queen's
        Gambit Declined, Exchange Variation (D35), 1-0 The ex-
        champion teaches the future champion how to attack in a
        very witty short game.
*       Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine, World Championship Match
        1935, game 5, Dutch Defense (A91), 1-0 Euwe had been losing
        3-1 in the match so far, but managed this impressive win to
        turn the tide.

++1.J   Quotations

*       "Strategy requires thought; tactics requires observation."
        - Max Euwe
*       "Does the general public, do even our friends the critics
        realize that Euwe virtually never made an unsound
        combination? He may, of course, occasionally fail to take
        account of an opponent's combination, but when he has the
        initiative in a tactical operation his calculation is
        impeccable." - Alexander Alekhine
*       "If Richard Reti was interested only in the exceptions to
        positional rules, then Max Euwe believed perhaps a little
        too much in their immutability." - Alexander Alekhine
*       "He is logic personified, a genius of law and order. One
        would hardly call him an attacking player, yet he strides
        confidently into some extraordinarily complex variations."
        - Hans Kmoch
*       "Euwe can only breathe freely when he is smothered in
        work." - Hans Kmoch
*       "Euwe resting would not be Euwe. His star is work, work,
        and more work. Work is his entertainment, his strength and
        his destiny." - Hans Kmoch
*       "There's something wrong with that man. He's too normal." -
         Bobby Fischer

++2.    Richard Reti

Richard Reti (May 28, 1889 - June 6, 1929) was an ethnic Jewish,
Austrian-Hungarian, later Czechoslovakian chess player, chess
author, and composer of endgame studies. He was born in Pezinok
which at the time was in the Hungarian part of Austria-Hungary,
where his father worked as a physician in the service of the
Austrian military. His older brother Rudolph Reti was a noted
pianist, musical theorist, and composer.

++2.A   Biography

Reti came to Vienna to study mathematics at Vienna
University. One of the top players in the world during the 1910s
and 1920s, he began his career as a fiercely combinative classical
player, favoring openings such as the King's Gambit (1. e4 e5 2.
f4). However, after the end of the First World War, his playing
style underwent a radical change, and he became one of the
principal proponents of hypermodernism, along with Aron Nimzowitsch
and others. Indeed, with the notable exception of Nimzowitsch's
acclaimed book My System, he is considered to be the movement's
foremost literary contributor. He had his greatest early tournament
successes in the period 1918 through 1921, in tournaments in
Kaschau (Kassa) (1918, Rotterdam (1919), Amsterdam (1920), Vienna
(1920), and Gothenburg (1921). The Reti Opening (1. Nf3) is named
after him. Reti famously defeated the world champion Jose Raul
Capablanca in the New York 1924 chess tournament using this opening
- Capablanca's first defeat in eight years, the only one to Reti,
and the first since becoming World Champion. Reti was also a
notable composer of endgame studies.

In 1925 Reti set, and for a time held, the world record for
blindfold chess with twenty-nine games played simultaneously. He
won twenty-one of these, drew six, and only lost two.

His writings have also become "classics" in the chess world. Modern
Ideas in Chess (1923) and Masters of the Chess Board (1933) are
still studied today.

Reti died on June 6, 1929 in Prague of scarlet fever. His ashes are
buried in in the grave of Reti's father Dr. Samuel Reti in the
Jewish section of Zentralfriedhof cemetery, in Section T1, Group
51, Row 5, Grave 34.

++2.B   Famous endgame study

Reti endgame study
Richard Reti, 1921
White:  King at h8, Pawn at c6
Black:  King at a6, Pawn at h5
White to play and draw

Reti composed one of the most famous chess studies, shown in this
diagram. It was published in Ostrauer Morgenzeitung December 4,
1921. It seems impossible for the white king to catch the advanced
black pawn, while the white pawn can be easily stopped by the black
king. The idea of the solution is to move the king to advance on
both pawns at the same time using specific properties of the chess
*       1. Kg7! h4
*       2. Kf6 Kb6 (or 2. ... h3 3. Ke7 and the white king can
        support its own pawn)
*       3. Ke5!! (and now the white king comes just in time to the
        white pawn, or catches the black one)
*       3. ... h3
*       4. Kd6 and draws.

++2.C   Notable chess games

*       Richard Reti vs Akiba Rubinstein, Karlsbad 1923, King's
        Indian Attack: General (A11), 1-0 A model game for Reti-
        type opening.
*       Richard Reti vs Jose Raul Capablanca, New York 1924,
        English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian
        Formation (A15), 1-0 The famous victory over Capablanca.

A collection of his games was published as Reti's Games of Chess,
annotated by H. Golombek, republished by Dover (1974).

++2.D   Publications

*       Modern Ideas In Chess (1923)
*       Masters Of The Chess Board (1933) ISBN 0-486-23384-7

++3.    Max Euwe - Richard Reti, Amsterdam 1920

Amsterdam 1920, Round 1
White: Max Euwe
Black: Richard Reti
Result: 0-1
ECO: C56 - Italian Game, Two Knights Defense, Anti-Lange Variation
Notes by R.J. Macdonald

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bc4

(The Italian Game.)

3. ... Nf6

(The Two Knights Defense.)

4. d4 exd4

(White obtains a solid advantage after 4. ... Nxd4 5. Bxf7+ Kxf7 6. Nxe5+ Kg8 
7. Qxd4 c5 8. Qc4+ d5 9. exd5 Qxd5 10. Na3 Bf5 11. Be3 Qxc4 12. Nexc4 Rd8.)

5. 0-0 Nxe4

(This line is known as the Anti-Lange Variation. This line is usually employed 
by black to avoid the dangerous Max Lange Attack, 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 
Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. 0-0 Bc5 6. e5.)

6. Re1 d5
7. Bxd5

(Also playable here is the Canal Variation, 7. Nc3. After 7. ... dxc3 8. Bxd5 
f5 9. Ng5 Bd6 10. bxc3 Ne5 11. Nxe4 fxe4 12. Bf4 c6 13. Bxe5 cxd5 black has a 
strong position.)

7. ... Qxd5
8. Nc3 Qa5
9. Nxd4

(After 9. Nxe4 Be6 10. Neg5 0-0-0 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. Rxe6 Be7 13. Qe2 both sides 
have equal chances.)

9. ... Nxd4
10. Qxd4 f5

Key Move Diagram:
Position after black's 10th move.

11. Bg5?

(Alternatives here include (a) 11. Bd2 Qc5 12. Qa4+ Qc6 13. Qxc6+ bxc6 14. f3 
Bc5+ 15. Be3 Bd6 16. fxe4 0-0 17. Bd4 a5 18. e5 Bb4 19. a3 Bxc3 20. Bxc3 Be6 
21. a4 Kf7 22. Rad1 g5 23. Rd3 Kg6 24. Bd2 f4 25. b3 c5 1/2-1/2 in 34 moves, as 
in the game Z. Zahariev (2355) - V. Antonov (2365), Sofia 1984: or (b) 11. Kh1 
Kf7 12. Be3 Bd6 13. Nxe4 fxe4 14. Qxe4 Qf5 15. Qd4 Be6 16. Bd2 Qd5 17. Qe3 Rae8 
18. Bc3 Rhf8 19. Rad1 Qh5 20. Rxd6 cxd6 21. Qxa7 Bd5 22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Qd4 Qg5 
0-1, as in the game J. Gauer (1943) - M. Schwebel (2169), Dresden 2008. Perhaps 
better still is 11. Bh6!? Kf7 12. Nxe4 fxe4 13. Rxe4 with a strong position for 

11. ... Qc5

(Black has a very strong position.)

12. Qd8+

(12. Qd2 Bd6 13. Nxe4 fxe4 14. Rxe4+ Kf7 is very strong for black.)

12. ... Kf7
13. Nxe4

(13. Rad1 cannot change destiny: 13. ... Rg8 (13. ... Nxf2 14. Qe8+ Kg8 15. Be3 
Nh3+ 16. gxh3 is very strong for white. 13. ... Qxf2+ 14. Kh1 Be6 15. Qxc7+ Kg6 
16. Nxe4 fxe4 17. Qxb7 gives black a strong position.) 14. Be3 Qc6 gives black 
a very strong position.)

13. ... fxe4
14. Rad1 Bd6

(14. ... Rg8 keeps an even firmer grip after 15. Rd7+ Bxd7 16. Qxd7+ Be7 17. 
Rxe4 Qxg5 18. Qe6+ Kf8 19. Re5 and black has a decisive advantage.)

15. Qxh8 Qxg5
16. f4

(16. g3 Qh5 17. Rxd6 cxd6 18. Qd8 is very strong for black.)

16. ... Qh4
17. Rxe4

(17. b4 does not help much after 17. ... Bxf4 18. g3 Bxg3 19. hxg3 Qxg3+ 20. 
Kh1 Qh3+ 21. Kg1 Bg4 22. Qxa8 Qg3+ 23. Kf1 e3 24. Rxe3 Qxe3 and black should 
win easily.)

17. ... Bh3

(17. ... Bc5+ 18. Red4 Bxd4+ 19. Kh1 Bg4 20. Qxa8 Bxd1 21. Qe8+ Kxe8 22. h3 
Qe1+ 23. Kh2 Qg1+ 24. Kg3 Bf2#.)

18. Qxa8 Bc5+
19. Kh1

(19. Re3 hardly improves anything after 19. ... Bxe3+ 20. Kh1 Bxg2+ 21. Kxg2 
Qg4+ 22. Kf1 Qf3+ 23. Ke1 Qf2#.)

Key Move Diagram:
Position after white's 19th move.

19. ... Bxg2+!

(Mate attack!)

20. Kxg2 Qg4+
21. Kf1 Qf3+
22. Ke1 Qf2#


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