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Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov
Hastings (1922), Hastings ENG, rd 5, Sep-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Henneberger Variation (D63)  ·  1-0
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Mar-26-16  Rama: After reading how dull the QGD has become recently, I got out Alekhine's "My Best Games" for a look at how he played it. My recollection was, "brilliantly."

I found this one, which he described as "...one of my two best tournament games." I plugged the score into my contraption and let it analyse.

Both sides made many sub-optimal moves. The machine really wanted Bogo to play ...a5 at several points which looks pretty good for developing his Q-side.

I took no notes but I wonder if anyone else thought about the a5-move.

Mar-26-16  ughaibu: Rama:

This isn't one of the games Alekhine had in mind. The two are these: Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 and Reti vs Alekhine, 1925

Mar-26-16  Rama: Thanks. I can't stop laughing...Y'know, it didn't seem that brilliant to me...are you left-handed? I am...LOL.
Mar-27-16
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  offramp: <Rama: After reading how dull the QGD has become recently, I got out Alekhine's "My Best Games" for a look at how he played it. My recollection was, "brilliantly." I found this one, which he described as "...one of my two best tournament games." I plugged the score into my contraption and let it analyse.

Both sides made many sub-optimal moves. The machine really wanted Bogo to play ...a5 at several points which looks pretty good for developing his Q-side.

I took no notes but I wonder if anyone else thought about the a5-move.

<Mar-26-16 ughaibu: Rama:
This isn't one of the games Alekhine had in mind. The two are these: Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 and Reti vs Alekhine, 1925

<Mar-26-16 Rama: Thanks. I can't stop laughing...Y'know, it didn't seem that brilliant to me...are you left-handed? I am...LOL.>>>

This is the puzzling part:
<<Rama: After reading how dull the QGD has become recently, I got out Alekhine's "My Best Games" for a look at how he played it. My recollection was, "brilliantly." I found this one, which he described as "...one of my two best tournament games." >>

Did you visually look at the game or any of its diagrams? How could you think that Alekhine was writing about this game, which does not appear in that book?

Mar-27-16  Rama: Page 185, game 72, Dover Edition 1985, AAA-Bogo, QGD. The correct game is #73, Bogo-AAA, Dutch Defense. I didn't realize it was a double-round.

But what is puzzling? Are there other editions of this book?

Jan-27-19
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  Pawn and Two: In his book, "My Best Games of Chess 1908-1923", Alekhine stated that with his move 33.d5!, White secured a passed pawn, which would shortly cost Black a piece, and the remainder of the game would then be merely a question of technique.

In the Hastings 1922 tournament book, also with annotations by Alekhine, he stated that after 33.d5, White will obtain a passed pawn which would eventually cost Black a piece.

My Houdini 3 program also prefers the move 33.d5 for White, indicating an advantage for White, but not a winning advantage.

My Houdini 3 program indicates 34....g3?? was the losing move for Black: (2.46) (31 ply) 35.f3! Kf6 36.b5 axb5 37.axb5 Ke7.

In the Hastings 1922 tournament book, Alekhine stated that instead of 34...g3, Black should have preferred 34...f3, a move which would have freed his rook.

My Houdini 3 program indicates 34...f3 was a much better move than 34...g3. However, White does have an advantage after 34...f3: (.78) (33 ply) 34...f3 35.gxf3 Rxf2 36.Ke5 Re2+ 37.Kd6.

Houdini 3 indicates Black's best move at move 34, with very good drawing chances for Black was: (.38) (32 ply) 34....Kf6! 35.Nxd5+ Bxd5 36.Kxd5 f3! 37.gxf3 gxf3 38.Rf1 Ke7!; (.35) (33 ply) 39.Kc4 or 39.Kd4, 39....Rh4+.

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