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Efim Bogoljubov vs Alexander Alekhine
"The Triple Queen Sacrifice" (game of the day Sep-10-08)
Hastings (1922)  ·  Dutch Defense: Nimzo-Dutch Variation (A90)  ·  0-1
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Jan-31-12  JoergWalter: <Aug-26-11
kingscrusher: I have video annotated this classic Alekhine game here (over 1700 views and 135 "likes" in just one day!)>

<kingscrusher> thanks for another great video. the fun you are having to do these videos for your viewers comes across very well. together with your lucid comments it makes them very enjoyable.

Jan-31-12  Nemesistic: <jW> I agree totally, they're really instructive and helpful and he gets strait to the point..
Jan-31-12  JoergWalter: <Nemesistic>

yes, it is easy to sift the chaff from the wheat in this case. <kingscrusher>'s emphasis on the game and interest to deliver something of value to the viewer distinguishes from the dilettantic egotripping of <LMAJ>. tzzk... hmmm...tzzk tzzk

Jan-31-12  JoergWalter: and with the <LMAJ> video comes this (unavoidable like mondays, the tax and death):

<Thanks for watching my video, I hope that you enjoy it. IF you would like to make a contribution to my efforts, then please go to the PAYPAL website, (http://www.paypal.com/); and make a contribution - my e-mail is lifemasteraj@yahoo.com.

Be sure to visit my many web pages, I easily have some of the finest annotations on the world-wide web.>

Jan-31-12  Nemesistic: Have you watched and compared the two video's, with the links posted to above??

KC's is excellent, but the other?.. Well lets just say the gulf in quality is massive and obvious!

Kind of like me trying to beat Aronian but getting mated in under 15 moves!

Game, Set, and Match KC..

Jan-31-12
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  TheFocus: <Be sure to visit my many web pages, I easily have some of the finest annotations on the world-wide web.>

Does he really say this???

My God, this guy's ego is as big as Texas.

But, how easily I so often forget... he IS a Life Master, way better than us mere mortals.

Jan-31-12  JoergWalter: Yes, in a weak moment I watched also <LMAJ>'s video. at 1:05 I learned that Alekhine is white and after ~5 minutes the first 4 moves were covered. Then although my eyes began hurting and my ears started bleeding I kept on watching the horror. I didn't give up and I made it to the end. This should qualify me for the purple heart, I guess.

However, as I said on another page:

the US legal department should seriously consider <LMAJ>'s videos as an alternative to the electric chair or the lethal injection.

Jan-31-12  JoergWalter: <TheFocus: <Be sure to visit my many web pages, I easily have some of the finest annotations on the world-wide web.> Does he really say this??? >

I'm lacking the fantasy to make that up.

Jan-31-12  Colonel Mortimer: I didn't make it past 1:40 (a move had yet to be played).
Jan-31-12  JoergWalter: <Colonel Mortimer: I didn't make it past 1:40 (a move had yet to be played).>

that first move was at 2:18. However, I didn't know that you are a quitter :-). I DEEPLY disappointed - there is no german blood in your venes?

Jan-31-12  JoergWalter: 2 notable games with the dutch:

Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935

Jan-31-12  Nemesistic: In the Vitiugoz vs Moro game he annotates, its 5:18 till he gets around to white's first move and an incredible 8:50 till he gets to blacks reply!!

I was genuinely going to try watch the whole video too, but.....

Feb-17-12  Penguincw: I like the pun. :)
Apr-14-12  lemaire90: I don't get white's 45th and 46th moves, why did he sack two pawns like that ?

The point is that in the end position, black wins with one more pawn. If white hadn't sacked his, wouldn't he have had a chance ?

Apr-14-12
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  parisattack: < lemaire90: I don't get white's 45th and 46th moves, why did he sack two pawns like that ? The point is that in the end position, black wins with one more pawn. If white hadn't sacked his, wouldn't he have had a chance ?>

What would you suggest on 45 for White? Looks like everything loses fairly quickly to me.

Sep-26-12  Tigranny: I don't mean to rain on the parade, but those queen sacs were pretty obvious to calculate. It's also obvious that Alekhine had a clear advantage for the entire game on how he cramped up Bogo's pieces. I may be a bit harsh on not giving an exclaim mark for any of those sacs or 31...c2, but that's just my view.
Sep-26-12  Petrosianic: The exclam is for the whole game collectively. The very idea of a game in which three legitimate Queen sacs possible.

If you really want to split hairs, you could argue that the third is not a Queen "sac" as such (Black had no opportunity to keep the Queen that time). On the other hand, you could argue that the second Queen Sac was a "double" (he planned to give up the third Queen at the same time that he decided to voluntarily give up the second).

Sep-26-12
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  Calli: The first one, 30...bxc3, is not a Queen sacrifice either. It's a forced sequence that exchanges two rooks for a Queen and pawn.
Jan-01-13
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  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.lifemasteraj.com/old_af-...

This game - revisited.

Jan-03-13
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  LIFE Master AJ: << Apr-14-12 parisattack: <lemaire90: I don't get white's 45th and 46th moves, why did he sack two pawns like that ? The point is that in the end position, black wins with one more pawn. If white hadn't sacked his, wouldn't he have had a chance ?> What would you suggest on 45 for White? Looks like everything loses fairly quickly to me. <<<>>> >>

White was in a state of near-zugzwang ... in such positions the side with more material commonly gives it back just to try and get more freedom for his pieces.

Feb-12-13  SirChrislov: Why in the world 3 British authors named Nunn, Emms, and Burgess intentionally left this gem out of their <Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games> is STILL incomprehensible to me even after 15 years. You think they would correct the omission in the 2 volumes that followed, but no.
Feb-13-13  SirChrislov: In the following year, Burgess went solo with his own account of chess history in <Chess Highlughts of the 20th Century: The best chess 1900-1999 in historical context> where he did include this game and several others from <Mammoth Book of the WGCG>:

Chess Highlights of the 20th Century, 1999; page 48:

1922 - Another good year for Alekhine

Alexander Alekhine wins the Hastings tournament with 7 1/2/10, ahead of Rubinstein (7), Bogoljubow and Thomas (4 1/2). This is the critical last-round game:

E. Bogoljubow - A. Alekhine, Hastings 1922


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After some rather feeble play by White (just look at his ridiculous kingside set-up!), Alekhine has established a commanding position. 28...Nd3 29.Rxa5 b4! 30.Rxa8 bxc3!? <30...Qxa8 31.Qb3 Qa1 32.Nf1 Ra8 33.Nb2 Ra3 34.Qd1 Ng4 wins in more straighforward fashion.> 33... c1Q+ 34.Nf1 Alekhine has effectively exchanged two rooks for a queen. The white pieces are hopelessly uncoordinated, and Black's mate threats will win material. 38...Nf3+ <38...Qe2 is also good.> 41...Kg8 <41...h5? 42.Nh3 gives white some undeserved counterplay.> 47.Rd2 Qe2 Forcing a won king and pawn ending. 0-1.

Earlier that same year, Bogo won the Bad Pistyan tournament with a 1/2 point ahead of Alekhine.

Feb-26-13  Lutwidge: While I like this game in kind of "well, that's novel" kind of way, it does feel sort of overrated - Bogo seems like he's constructing a self-stalemate on the kingside while Alekhine graciously consents to completely smush White's queenside (and center) in a vaguely piquant manner.
Oct-30-13  Vincenze: White 52. f5 =
Oct-30-13
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  Sastre: <Vincenze: White 52. f5 =>

White is still lost after 52.f5 d5 53.Kd2 Ke7 54.Kd3 Kd6 55.Kd4 Kc6 56.Kd3 Kc5 57.Kc3 d4+ 58.Kd3 Kd5 59.Kd2 Ke4 60.Ke2 Kxf5.

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