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Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov
Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934), Germany Wch-m (02), rd 2, Apr-04
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D48)  ·  1-0


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Oct-16-04  The Analyst: Amusingly, Alekhine could have inserted 30 Bc4+ Kg6 31 Bf7+ Kxf7 and then still won with 32 Qh5+: 32...g6 33 Qxh7+ Kf6 34 Nd7+ Kg5 35 h4+ Kf4 36 Qh6+ g5 37 Rf1+ Ke3 38 Rc2 Rxa5 39 Qe6+ Be4 40 Rf3+ Qxf3 41 gxf3 Kxf3 42 Rc1.
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  Honza Cervenka: 29...Bxc8 would have abolished threat Qxg2# and so white could have taken the Rook on e5.
Mar-14-08  Knight13: Black just missed 29. Rc8+.
Sep-18-09  WhiteRook48: the king hunt
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  Richard Taylor: This is one of the great combinations. Black was in a bad way and tried the Qg6 Qg3 idea but Alekhine had calculated a beautiful forced win starting with 29. Rc8+!! although I think he had prepared that a number of moves before.
May-25-14  MountainMatt: That Alekhine was brutal!!
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  Richard Taylor: <MountainMatt> Yes, but in Rd1 he was outplayed by Bogoljubov who, apart from time trouble was fairly clearly winning and Bogo played a great game. I have a book on that, the 2nd match.

Alekhine was good but he avoided a rematch with Capablanca.

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  Richard Taylor: Maybe he should have played 13. ... a5. And 21. ... Ra7 was a bad misjudgment. Alekhine won in this game not because of his combination but by good positional play going into the middle game and a few errors by Black. With the R on a7 it was clear he had an advantage after 21. Nb6.
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  offramp: After 23.Rc4 the game looks fairly level.

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Bogoljuboff now has an idea. He sees that if both e-pawns were gone, then ...Qg6 would threaten <gasp> mate. So he plays 23...f5. I've rarely seen moves like that, unforced moves of pawns in front of the player's king, turn out well.

With 26.f3 Alekhine counters the mate threat - but it is not totally dead. Bogo plays 26...Rf8-e8. He has seen something brilliant! 27.f3-f4 seems to win the bishop on e5; it is pinned against the ♖e8. But ♙f3-f4 has reopened the long diagonal a8-h1.

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After 28...Re8xe5 it looks like black has won the queen. It cannot leave the second rank owing to that mate threat on g2. And there is nowhere else to go!

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But Alekhine plays 29.Rc8+! and wins.

He may have seen that in the obvious line, after 29...Bxc8 30.Qxe5 Qxe5 31.Rxe5 it may seem as though black has 2 pawns for a piece. In fact his bishop is trapped - on an almost open board.

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Eg 31...Bb7 32.Bc4+ Kf8 Nd7#

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Aug-25-16  ToTheDeath: What a game. Rc8! along with many other stunning moves. Poor Bogo- talk about outclassed.
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