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Richard Reti vs Efim Bogoljubov
"Richard VIII" (game of the day Nov-05-16)
New York (1924)  ·  English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Bogoljubow Defense (A13)  ·  1-0
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Given 68 times; par: 39 [what's this?]

Annotations by Alexander Alekhine.      [77 more games annotated by Alekhine]

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Apr-13-16  analysethat: Alfieri, I also missed Bxc5. So you are in bad company. I did however see that after 25 ...h6 26. Qxf8+ Kh7 27. Bg6+ Kxg6 28. Qf5# :)
Apr-13-16
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  Fusilli: It's a nice puzzle, though somehow focusing on the last move feels unfair, as the game is a masterpiece. I like Alekhine's straightforward comments.
Apr-13-16  StevieB: I saw it quickly but the play that led to the final position would've been difficult for me to orchestrate.

Love the annotations by Alekhine. It really helps me to focus on important considerations before I choose a move.

Apr-13-16  starry2013: I thought the bishop had to move but I didn't find the square.
Apr-13-16  WorstPlayerEver: Curious.
Alekhine gives 13... Ne5 not as an improvement of 13... Qc7, but look at Black's Queen at c7 in the end position..

So 13... Ne5 14. de5 Bc5 15 Kg2 Qe7

Obviously the BQ is better off at e7, Black seems to be able to safely prepare Bd7, and thus the position seems quite giri to me :)

Apr-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: A shocking and lethal final move.
Apr-13-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Well, yesterday with h4 and today with Se8, I've seen so quickly the right move! I believe that I could be further on. Still feel sad cause I dind't had opportunity to catch even a master title in chess. Maybe I've some beatiful games too, but my Chess clube is over from many years, chess become old age sport (when you find someone who plays good chess), also I have not much time nor openning technology update (today all is computer works) and you didn't know if your are playing against a human or a computer finding the 'best move' for the opposite player. I'm feeling very bad about human development cause in despite all my work all the life, I'm not employed today. I could do many things now, I'm a teacher, I'm an researcher, I'm an engineer. In all this area, all the job that appeared requires high computer level, the technique, the know why, the knowledge it self, is at secondary place. Many people in my country lost their jobs too, more in this area (teacher and engineer) and government still is liying, using our money to pay for people go to streetes and show some 'false aproval', which is a known scandall. While this happens, corruption continues. Our presidente is directly involved in state crimes, but her party uses the bandit LULA as core-man to pay 1 million for counter impachement vote and 400 thousand for deputy upsent; just to make her get out from the trial. They all involved in robbery, corruption, etc; even now, paying bribery directly and negociating minister places with other parties to win their votes. Meanwhile, 11 million at least without a job, including me. I can't be happy with this anyway. Sometimes fill shamed about Brazil and what is happening here during these last 10 years. More over, not much I can do. I tryed to enter in federal university, but as I'm a fighter agaisnt this government, I'm blocked everywhere, not for experience, not for professional, but because I'm not from her party or any party at all. They use even universities to expand their power into our children and young people who doesn't know already what is communism and are easily foolished by them. They haven't any knowledge to understand the level of corruption and crime that party is doing. When we show billions of robbery, they laught and answered "anyone does the same!". Gosh, How can so many be made a fool! Scandall after scandall, and still they have the same lack of honour, dignity and anything that you can find in some real citizen. Be happy to be in England, your laws are obeyed and people is respected by your government. That's not true in many places.
Apr-13-16
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  gawain: I wanted it to be 25 Bg8, but no go. So it must be 2 Be8. And it is.

I have seen this game before. I've owned the 1924 NY tournament book (Dover paperback)with Alekhine's annotations since I was a boy. Managed to forget Reti's masterpiece during the intervening 45 or 50 years. Nice to meet it again.

Apr-13-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: Another opposite-colored bishop middle-game where the side that is attacking has all the play. In this case, the major piece battery on the f-file is ideally set up to exploit black's weak back rank. The sly interference move,

25.Be8! does the trick:

A.25... Rxe8 26.Qxf8+ Rxf8 27.Rxf8#

B.25... h6 26.Qxf8+ Kh7 27.Bg6+! Kxg6 28.Qf5#

C.25... Bxc5+ 26.Qxc5 and there is no good defense to 27.Rf8+ forcing mate soon.

D.25... h5 (best) 26.Qxf8+ Kh7 staves off mate for a while, but the extra piece decides.

Apr-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
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Apr-13-16
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Apr-13-16  Eduardo Leon: Too famous to be a good puzzle: 25.♗e8 wins the bishop. Black must play 25...h6 or 25...♗xc5 (or resign), because protecting the ♗f8 leads to mate: 25...♖xe8 26.♕xf8+ ♖xf8 27.♖xf8# or 25...♗e7 26.♕f8+ ♗xf8 27.♖xf8#. Black's disgrace is his inability to bring two defenders to f8 in a single move.
Apr-13-16  leRevenant: NOT too famous for us hard-core GENUINE patzers.
Apr-13-16  MichaelJHuman: I don't always solve chess puzzles from games played in 1924, but when I do, they are annotated by Alekhine.

Great bishop move

Apr-13-16  WorstPlayerEver: I figured out that 13... Qc7 is a blunder lol which reduces the whole game to nostalgia. It's just true bad middle game play from Black. And Alekhine was probably drunk when he wrote his annotation.
May-07-16  Howard: Quite a few people at the time thought that Marshall's victory against Bogoljubov (which took second in the brilliancy prize completion) should have taken first place. Frankly, I couldn't agree more.
Nov-05-16
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  Phony Benoni: When a game has already been GOTD and has five pages of kibitzing, there's not much left to discuss besides the pun. Well, I don't get it. Maybe it has something to do with the famous last move on the 8th rank.

If we're going that route, maybe we could have tried <Richard LXXX>.

Nov-05-16  SimplicityRichard: A King trapped in a bank rank corner provides the opponent with a variety of mating tactics. I always advocate expending a tempo to create an escape hatch at h3 or h6.#
Nov-05-16
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  Infohunter: <Phony Benoni: When a game has already been GOTD and has five pages of kibitzing, there's not much left to discuss besides the pun. Well, I don't get it. Maybe it has something to do with the famous last move on the 8th rank.>

That's as good a guess as any. At first I thought of his finish in the tournament, but that was fifth place; Tartakower finished eighth. (I just checked my copy of the tournament book to confirm this.)

Nov-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: < Phony Benoni: When a game has already been GOTD and has five pages of kibitzing, there's not much left to discuss besides the pun. Well, I don't get it. Maybe it has something to do with the famous last move on the 8th rank.>

Yes, this one is a head scratcher IMO.

Nov-05-16  Howard: Am I getting senile (in fact, I'm old enough to remember Fischer-Spassky 1972), or was this game previously a GOTD ?

At any rate, Andy Soltis was quite right to refer to this game as very much overrated. Except for the last couple moves, what else does this game have to brag about ?!

Nov-05-16  rea: <Infohunter Richard for Reti, of course, and VIII for (8) d4, praised so highly by Alekhine?
Nov-05-16  Granny O Doul: According to Milton Finkelstein in "Self-Taught Chess", 24. Bf7+ is !! and "one of the most beautiful moves ever played".
Nov-07-16
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  kevin86: Sudden death brilliancy!
Nov-08-16  Howard: Regarding Finklestein's book, the late Larry Evans stated in a column of his back in 1975 or 1976 that the book was "atrocious". Having glanced through it a few times back in the 90's, I think he was right!
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