GM Max Euwe

Full name
Max Euwe
Life
May 20, 1901 - Nov 26, 1981 (age 80)
Place of birth
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Federation
Netherlands

The fifth World Chess Champion in history, Max Euwe was a Grandmaster who was a very logical and knowledgeable player. He was not the strongest World Champion tactically, but he was also not afraid to jump into very complicated variations and calculations in his games. When he had a good position, he could beat anyone in the world. But in worse positions where there was no advantage, Euwe was not the most resourceful and for this reason some players have viewed Euwe as one of the weaker world champions.

Euwe studied math in university and earned a PhD by the time he graduated. He won 12 Dutch Championships in his lifetime and this still stands as the record. Because Euwe had a young family, he could only play chess during vacations from school. Once he graduated though, then he was able to devote more time to the game. In 1933, Euwe defeated Alekhine in a match for the World Champion title and this win was seen as a major upset. Alekhine got his rematch in 1937 and won the title back though, so Euwe’s reign as World Champion was short lived. In his chess career, Euwe won 102 tournaments, a number that is impressive considering that Euwe was never a full-time chess player. Max Euwe passed away on November 26, 1981.

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White Pieces
Benoni Defense (4) : A56 A61
Giuoco Piano Game (10) : C53 C54
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (13) : D71 D73 D77 D70
Four Knights Game (10) : C49 C47 C48
Queen's Gambit Accepted (14) : D27 D25 D26 D22 D28 D21
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Queen's Indian Defense (22) : E15 E19 E18 E16 E17
Semi-Slav Defense (8) : D43 D48 D45 D46
Queen's Pawn Opening (5) : A40 E00 D02 D00
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A43
Old Indian Defense (7) : A54 A53
Indian Game (11) : E00 A50 A46
Caro-Kann Defense (10) : B17 B18 B16 B13 B15 B10
Reti Opening (11) : A05 A09 A04
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (2) : D70
Catalan Opening (4) : E01 E00 E02
Tarrasch Defense (8) : D33 D34 D32
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Nimzowitsch Defense (2) : B00
Budapest Defense (3) : A52
Colle System (5) : D05
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
King's Indian Attack (1) : A07
Alekhine Defense (4) : B03 B02
Italian Game (7) : C55 C56
Modern Defense (1) : B06
Vienna Game (5) : C29
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C30
Petrov's Defense (4) : C42
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C33
Black Pieces
Vienna Game (6) : C29 C27 C26
Caro-Kann Defense (16) : B13 B18 B11 B10 B15
Indian Game (30) : A46 A45 A49 A48
Giuoco Piano Game (17) : C53 C51 C50
Queen's Indian Defense (13) : E14 E17 E19 E15 E18 E12
Reti Opening (10) : A05 A06 A09 A04
King's Indian Attack (5) : A07
Dutch Defense (4) : A89 A80 A83 A84
Italian Game (8) : C50 C56 C58 C55
Tarrasch Defense (16) : D32 D34
Ponziani Opening (3) : C44
Catalan Opening (6) : E01 E03 E02 E00
Semi-Slav Defense (18) : D45 D46 D49 D43 D47
Four Knights Game (18) : C48 C47 C49
Queen's Pawn Opening (11) : D02 D03 A40 D00
Scotch Game (5) : C45
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Queen's Gambit Accepted (10) : D27 D28 D23 D22
Colle System (7) : D04 D05
King's Gambit Accepted (7) : C35 C36 C38 C33 C37
Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D94
Pirc Defense (1) : B07
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Alekhine Defense (5) : B05 B04 B03 B02
French Defense (9) : C02 C15 C12 C01
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (6) : D79 D73 D78 D71
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Torre Attack (2) : A48
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C31
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
London System (5) : A48
Old Indian Defense (3) : A54
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46

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