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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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Jul-26-14  Mudphudder: I'm confused. Why did Alekhine make it more complicated than necessary?...specifically, what was wrong with 47...Qxf4 ?
Jul-27-14  aliejin: "I'm confused. Why did Alekhine make it more complicated than necessary? "

Maybe not complicated for Alekhine...

Like every great chess player Alekhine
had his style ..

Jul-27-14
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  tamar: The non stop combinations up to the end does suggest an over the top Robin Williams' approach to chess. He is not content to win, but wants to totally humiliate Bogoljubow.

Still, 47...Qe2 does lead to an absolutely forced won King and pawn endgame, while 47...Qf4 still leaves White with the rudiments of a fortress position.

Jul-27-14  Nicocobas: <tamar> Robin Williams?
Jul-27-14
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  tamar: <Nicocobas> Your guy was more of the Jack Benny type.
Jul-27-14
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  tamar: Bogoljubow was Rodney Dangerfield.
Jul-27-14
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  Sally Simpson: A last round game. Alekhine had to win this because he was tying with Rubinstein who was playing George Thomas and expected to win. Rubinstein eventually drew it after trying for over 100 moves to win it.

Rubinstein vs G A Thomas, 1922

I doubt if he was trying humiliate Bogoljubow, he was going for the win and chasing the brillo prize.

As Fischer says, they don't give Brilliancy prizes for technique.

Alekhine liked to go for the spectacular. I recall an Alekhine note where he says one move is easier to play but the text, the chosen move, was played because it was more classy.

(Now I'll have to go and dig it out.)

Jul-28-14  Ke2: Seriously weird.
Aug-14-14
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  posoo: eerie forshadoweing
Mar-07-15  thegoodanarchist: <Sally Simpson: A last round game. Alekhine had to win this because he was tying with Rubinstein who was playing George Thomas and expected to win. Rubinstein eventually drew it after trying for over 100 moves to win it.

Rubinstein vs G A Thomas, 1922

I doubt if he was trying humiliate Bogoljubow, he was going for the win and chasing the brillo prize.>

It would be funny if the trophy were a Brillo pad :)!

Sep-09-15  The Kings Domain: Interesting and complicated game that could have gone either way.
Sep-16-15
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  kevin86: Does everyone enjoy the white rook rolls across the back row like a bowling ball, picking up two rooks and a queen? AND Black wins!?
Nov-30-15
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  Domdaniel: I like this game. One of my favourites...

<Tigranny> -- <It's also obvious that Alekhine had a clear advantage for the entire game>

<The Kings Domain> -- <Interesting and complicated game that could have gone either way>

Hmm. Is this a difference of opinion?

Mar-17-16  Exploding: Nice game!
Mar-17-16  ndg2: The English language has run out of adjectives so everything is just 'nice'.
Mar-17-16
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  zanzibar: I always was rather fond of gg.
Mar-17-16
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  WannaBe: I like golden goose too. But I usually go for Peking Ducks.
Mar-17-16
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  zanzibar: Well, I'd certainly say you have marvelous judgment, <WannaBe>, if not particularly good taste.
Mar-18-16
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  zanzibar: I should have added (apologies to Harlan Ellison), but that would have been a little obvious. And also wrong; he wrote the book, but not that ending:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072730...

May-12-16  kihton: Funny how after 47... Qe2 the only way for White not to lose a piece or the game is to either take the Queen or push the f-pawn -- after what Black can just play a random King move and White WILL have to take the Queen!
May-28-16
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  ketchuplover: Yesterday's Giri-Karjakin game reminds me of this game
Nov-23-16  Saniyat24: I had this game written in a piece of paper along with Rotlewi Vs Rubinstein, 1907, Mieses Vs Janowski, 1900 and Pilsbury Vs Burn, 1895...as the paper was in bad shape, so I decided to look it up. An incredibly complex game...I never seen 3 Knights in d1 d2 and d3 (after Black's 28th move)...wow...!!
Nov-23-16
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  SpaceRunner: " aliejin: "I'm confused. Why did Alekhine make it more complicated than necessary? " Maybe not complicated for Alekhine...

Like every great chess player Alekhine
had his style .."

Exactly - easier to play the winning pawn endgame. No risk of a combination ;-) Simplify the position!

Nov-29-16  Dave12: at move 28, black only had to calculate if Nd3 29.Rxa5 b4!! 30.Rxa8 bxc3 is winning. at this point it is very easy to see that if white plays Rxf8+ he cannot avoid the pawn from queening, and the only question left is are his 2 rooks can compete with the queen. and i think white's cramped position gives a clear answer. so for my opinion it ain't Alekhin's best combination, only a bad game from Boguljubov. Alekhin also wanted to rise the excitement and therefor played 47..Qe2 instead of Qxf4 which is clearly winning.
Dec-19-16  MariusDaniel: Interesting chess game with all those queen sacrifices!
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