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Richard Reti vs Efim Bogoljubov
Stockholm (1919), Stockholm SWE, rd 2, Dec-??
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  1-0


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Jan-02-06  blingice: Is anyone surprised that Bogoljubov lost a 4 pawn and bishop-to-knight leaded endgame?
Jan-02-06  slapwa: Not really: he was a rook down through the ending. Thee issue is whether there is an improvement for Black at move 26. The point is that 27. Rxg6+ isn’t a deadly threat because 27…., fxg6 pins the white Q. So what about 26 …, Qd8? Then if White tries to avoid the latent pin on the f file by 27. Ke2, Black has Qxe7 and Re8. If he plays 27. Rxg6+, fxg6 28. Rg7+, Kh8 there’s no win for White (or is there?). And the threat of Bxd4 is strong. Can anyone see a better line for white after 26…., Qd8?
Jan-03-06  slapwa: PS electronic friend has 26 ..., Qd8 as winning.
Jun-18-18  Retireborn: Bogo's notes in TfS are somewhat superficial. Not only does he miss 21.Ne4! (as set out in <Bang>) but he gives up his queen without comment. Presumably he considered himself to be already lost, but with 26...Qd8! (already mentioned by <slapwa>) he could have saved the game.

Houdini considers 26...Qd8 27.Rg4 Bxd4 28.Rxd4 cxd4 29.Ng3 to be forced for both sides, and evaluates it as equal despite Black's 4 extra pawns. One possibility then is 29...d3 30.Nf5 d4+ 31.Kg4 gxf5+ 32.Kh5 d2 33.Qg5+ Kh7 34.Qg6+ and the desired perpetual is reached.

After 13...h6 Bogo writes that "White is completely outplayed in the opening", however I would say that Reti has (not for the first time!) handicapped himself with an over-optimistic attacking set up (Qh3-g2, g4, f3). White seems to be OK with the normal 11.e4.

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