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Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov
Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929), The Hague NED, rd 19, Oct-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Alekhine Variation (D51)  ·  1-0


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  acirce: well-known textbook example: 70...Ke4 draws because the white king can't get to the black pawn, 70...Kg4?? loses.
Aug-14-05  micartouse: Yasser Seirawan had a great aphorism about 70 ... Kg4? in Winning Chess Endings:

"I'm not sure if this example is encouraging or not! It's nice to know that even the best players err, but if *they* make such basic mistakes, what chance to *we* have to get it right? Easy: Only fools learn from experience; clever people learn from the experience of others!"

Good book; I'm going through it right now, but not as great as his Winning Chess Tactics.

Feb-15-06  dakgootje: for the ones without textbooks about this ending: if 70. ...♔e4 then 71. b7 f5 72. b8♕ ♖xb8 73. ♖xb8 f4 74. ♖b4 ♔e3 75. ♔d5 f3 76. ♖b3 ♔e2 77. ♔e4 f2 78. ♖b2 ♔e1 79. ♔e3 f1♘ 1/2 1/2
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  Honza Cervenka: It's very sad to blow up such a long and hard-contested game by such a stupid mistake like 70...Kg4. Only great weariness and loss of concentration can explain it.
Dec-11-06  Octavia: Aljekhine:"40.Qe6! would have forced an almost immediate resignation."
Mar-18-07  Skylark: Drudging this from the dead, but I think Yasser Seirawan's book on endings presents them in an interesting, instructive manner (especially on a subject which can bore all but the most assiduous students), whilst still covering the meat-and-potatoes of endgame play to quite some depth. And, having started on his series, I think the endgame book is by far the best. If it weren't for that, I probably still wouldn't know how to mate with a knight and bishop; nor how to win a rook and pawn vs rook ending (or set up the philidor position to save a game etc).
Mar-05-08  Knight13: <acirce: well-known textbook example: 70...Ke4 draws because the white king can't get to the black pawn, 70...Kg4?? loses.> No one ever said that rook endgames were easy.
Jun-02-10  dzhafner: Bogoljubov could have drawn with 64 ... Rxf5

If Alekhine had then exchanged rooks on f5, the game would have been drawn, since black's pawn it a bishop pawn. eg.
65 Rxf5 ... Kxf5
66 b5 ... Kg4
67 Kc6 ... and black just needs to race his pawn to f2 and move his king back and forth between g1 and h1 whenever he is checked.

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  kingscrusher: <Octavia> Alekhine was right - Qe6 earlier was crushing:

19: Alexander Alekhine - Efim Bogoljubov, Germany Wch-m (19) 1929

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Analysis by Houdini 1.5 w32:

1. (10.43): 40...Qf8 41.Rg3 bxa4 42.Rg8 Qxg8 43.Qxg8 Rxc4 44.d6 Rd4 45.Qg3 Kh5 46.d7 a3 47.Qe3 axb2 48.Qxd4 cxd4 49.d8Q Kg5 50.Qxd4 b1B+ 51.Kxb1 h5 52.Qe3+ Kg6 53.Qg3+ Kh6 54.Kc2 a5 55.Kb3 Kh7 56.Ka4 Kh6 57.Kxa5 2. (10.48): 40...Qxe6 41.dxe6 Rg4 42.e7 Rg8 43.Rh3+ Kg6 44.Rg3+ Kf7 45.Rxg8 Kxe7 46.axb5 axb5 47.cxb5 Kd7 48.Rg7+ Kc8 49.Rxh7 c4 50.b6 Kb8 51.Ka3 f5 52.Kb4 Ka8 53.Kxc4 f4

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  perfidious: <kingscrusher> <Octavia> One suspects a psychological block of some sort-if Alekhine had come across the position before White's 40th move as a puzzle, I'll bet he'd have found the winning continuation with little trouble.
Sep-16-11  aliejin: "One suspects a psychological block of some sort-if Alekhine "

too many imagination

To miss de best simple move ( or
close to best simple move ) is not
rare en the "live game"

Even between grand masters

To find the best simple move ( analysing the game once have finished ) is not rare too

At last, very very common episode in chess

To take the roll of freud, jung etc is very common ( analysing a move ! ) is very common in chessgame

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

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  kingscrusher: <aliejin> I've just discovered that in the next decisive game in this match there is another gigantic tactical error again involving the f6 pawn - rd5 was crushing in that one -

Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929

Move 31 Rd5 would have put black away much quicker.

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