Reports | December 31, 2010 2:52

Old film footage Max Euwe

Old film footage Max EuweAs the 'Euwe year' comes to an end, we pay tribute once more to the 5th World Champion. Because Euwe won the world title exactly 75 years ago, Dutch broadcast corporation VPRO made available a big number of videos in which you can see Euwe together with players like Alekhine, Botvinnik, Capablanca and others. Historical footage!

We'll give a few examples of what you can find in VPRO's online archive:

  • Euwe-Bogoljubov blitz (1928)
  • Euwe & Capablanka looking forward to the Euwe-Alekhine match
  • Max Euwe World Chess Champion (Polygoon news)
  • World Chess Tournament 1948
  • Euwe vs Botvinnik (blindfold blitz - this video is very good, see photo)
  • Alekhine wins back title (Polygoon news)
  • Euwe-Donner match

--> Find the VPRO archive here (links to the videos on the right side of the page)


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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


KingTal's picture

Super footage, Alekhine has a funny voice. Is there any footage known where Steinitz or Lasker is seen?

Castro's picture

That is almost asking too much! But indeed, there must be something, for sure, specialy regarding Lasker. I'd love to see it, and also Rubinstein, Tarrash, Tartakower, Nimzovich, Mieses, etc., maybe even Chigorin, Pilsbury, Blackburn, Zukertort...?

Castro's picture

Euwe also played a much stronger indian chess figure, Mir Sultan Khan, the never titled "natural genius", and one of the world very top (while he played). Ok, he was punjabi, in present-day Pakistan...
(Anyway, what was FIDE thinking?)

lefthandsketch's picture

Incredible footage- it's so cinematic it almost doesn't look real. Awesome find chessvibes- thanks for sharing.

Mark Crowther's picture

Yeah great footage. Euwe-Bogoljubov blitz (1928) they're mostly moving the pieces with one hand and pressing the clock with the other, don't they know anything?!?

bhabatosh's picture

it is one thing that this incredible archive is made available by dutch tv , also tremendous effort by chessvibes to let us know that this actually is accessible.
Thank you so much Peter :-)
Even though i dont know dutch but able to play the videos in Windows Media !
greaaaaaaaaat stuff ... must see ....

e4e6's picture

That`s great and exciting. I could not even imagine to see Botvinnik Euwe play blindfold chess.

Thank you so much!!!

Rob Brown's picture

Here's the score of the blindfold rapid game between Euwe and Botvinnik from November 1963. Euwe misses 19 ..... Qc4 = and later Botvinnik misses 23. Qb8+! winning, but fine chess, especially under the circumstances, none the less.

[Event "Blindfold Rapid"]
[Site "Nederland"]
[Date "28/11/1963"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Botvinnik, Mikhail"]
[Black "Euwe, Max"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E41"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Nf3 b6 6. Bd3 Bb7 7. O-O O-O 8. Na4
Qe7 9. a3 Ba5 10. dxc5 bxc5 11. Nxc5 Qxc5 12. b4 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qe5 14. bxa5
Qxa1 15. Qxa8 Qc3 16. Be2 Nc6 17. Qb7 Rb8 18. Qc7 Qc2 19. Bf3 h5 20. Bxc6 Rb1 21. Bf3 Rxc1 22. g3 Ng4 23. Bxg4 hxg4 24. Qxa7 Rxf1+ 25. Kxf1 Qd1+ 26. Kg2 Qf3+ 27. Kg1 Qd1+ 1/2-1/2

test's picture

Thx for the score. :)

Also take note that they played against the clock; both had ten minutes for the game.

test's picture

Wow, very nice to see moving pictures of these players that are now chess legends.

Those were the days. Everybody looking very serious and distinguished. Packed auditoriums. Tournaments that lasted three months. Smoking at the board.

The more I learn about Euwe the more I am impressed. Teacher, top chess player, chess teacher and author, manager of a factory, chess world champion, computer pioneer, FIDE president.

sundararajan ganesan's picture

Max Euwe remains one of the gentlemen-world champions of the game! india's first IM manuel aaron has paid glowing tributes in one of the issues of Chessmate, india's oldest chess magazine, published since 1983.
incidently, he has won the olympiad game against Euwe in Leipzig!!

sundararajan ganesan's picture

sultan khan was technically the first world beater from india (when vishy anand was not born!) ; i come to know that sultan khan was sponsored by one,Sir.Omar Hayat Khan ; he was trained by English Masters like yates. according to popular belief, he was compelled to return from Europe by his patron and he later, stopped playing chess!

James's picture

I don't know any other Indian Omar but Omar Khayyam and his Rubaiyat. Great work of art!

sundararajan ganesan's picture

omar hayat khan was a nawab(a small chieftain/ruler) in the colonial British India. on the other hand, Omar khayyam was an astronomer, poet and a hedonist/philosopher! (possibly, he too must have played chess! since chess must have been played in his time in persia (now Iran); probably Mr.Edward winters may be having some thing in his sleeve in this regard!

Castro's picture

He surely knew chess, but it was his butler the gifted one. ;-)

Brecht's picture

sultan khan had a draw with capablanca!

Castro's picture

How about "a win over"...? :-)

chessfan's picture

He (Sultan Khan) defeated (Capablanca) him once

chessfan's picture

Euwe a decent gentleman, devoid of any eccentrics, ego stuff etc., a rare one among the chess giants. Heard that Fischer once exclaimed ' I cant believe how he is normal'

Yvessurmont's picture

Not to brag, but during the resarch for a book on our club, I found these pictures of a simul of Euwe in 1946 in Roeselare (40 boards). See
Happy New Year everybody!

Arne Moll's picture

For me the most amazing video was the blitz game between Boglyubov and Euwe from 1928. Note how both players not only forget to press the clock from time to time, but also consistently moves with one hand and press the clock with the other, something which is now regarded as highly unsporting in blitz.

Peter Doggers's picture

Yes, but at least now it's clear why this is called "playing in the style of the old masters"!

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