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Alexander Flamberg vs Efim Bogoljubov
"Bogos the Mind" (game of the day Jan-10-2015)
Triberg (Germany) (1914)
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Friess Attack (C80)  ·  0-1


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May-01-08  ForeverYoung: Brilliant sacrifice by Bogoljubov with 13 ... Nxf2 and brilliant play to drive home the attack.
Feb-18-09  fred lennox: The sacrifice is based on the advantage that the rook is pinned, in effect not developed and the queens knight is not developed giving black added edge to tempo. The b1 knights role in the game seems only to raise the white flag.
Jan-12-11  dolphinsneu: How does Black win if white plays Rxa6 on his nineteenth move?
Jan-12-11  Shams: <dolphinsneu> 19.Rxa6 Re2 looks good.
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  Sastre: As <Shams> has suggested, if 19.Rxa6 then 19...Re2 is Black's best reply. However, I don't think Black is winning after <20.Kh1 Rxf2 21.Qd3 Rd8 22.Bd5>.

Houdini 1.5 also finds an even better defence for White, <19.Rxa6 Re2 20.Bg5 Qe8 21.Bxf7+ Rxf7 22.Qxe2 Bxf2+ 23.Kf1 Bh4+ 24.Rf6 Qxe2+ 25.Kxe2 Re7+ 26.Kf3 Bxg5 >.

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  offramp: White has to be careful in the Spanish because his development can be pretty slow.
Jan-10-15  Delboy: Well done for unearthing this little gem. It is the type of game that reminds me why I love chess
Jan-10-15  waustad: Wild and wooly tactics. I need to look at this later. 2:45 AM after a bit of wine isn't the time.
Jan-10-15  morfishine: My sentiments exactly <Delboy>! I'm surprised this game didn't make it into Chernev's "The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess". Its at the max limit for a "short game": 24-moves. Perhaps as mentioned earlier, 19.Rxa6 was much better than what was played 19.Qxa6

Chernev must've been well aware of this game since he did include another Flamberg disaster Spielmann vs Flamberg, 1914 which was played in the same year


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  ChemMac: While Black would be way better after 24.g5 fXg e.p.+ 25.Kg2 Rg1+ 26. Kf3 Qf6+, at first glance I do not see an immediate win.
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  Domdaniel: I can't even begin to understand what's happening in this game. It starts 1.e4 (I prefer 1.Nf3, or 1.c4, or 1.d4, or 1.g3, or 1.b3, or 1.f4, or 1.e3 ... or anything, really). And Black replies 1...e5 (1...e6, the French, is clearly superior; and 1...c5, 1...c6, 1...d6, 1...d5, 1...g6, etc aren't so bad either...)

After this 1.e4 e5 nonsense, I lose track.

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  kevin86: mate in two follows!
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Morf,

"I'm surprised this game didn't make it into Chernev's "The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess". Its at the max limit for a "short game": 24-moves."

The reason being, according to Chernev, the game did not stop at move 24.

In the 'Bright Side of Chess' by Chernev (published 1951 -1000 Short games was published in 1957) Chernev has 3 extra moves.

I do not know if this was done on purpose to illustrate an important point or the last three moves have simply been left out by C.G.

The instructive point.

Here (White to play) there is one hurdle still to jump.

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25.Bxg3 fxg3+ 26.Kg1.

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Now not the hasty 26...Qe1+ (27.Qf1)
but 26...Qe3+ first then 27...Qe1+ (the finish Chernev gives) or 27...Qf2 mate.

This looks like a Chernev 'add on' and it is a valuable lesson. Many a won game has been blown by playing the 'and now you can resign move' in a relaxed mode.

(Kevin posting above saying mate in two may have [stressing 'may have'] missed the need for 26...Qe3+.

Smashing game, full of wee tactical trinkets. This game is an old friend of mine from the 70's.

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