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Efim Bogoljubov vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Munich (Germany) (1933)
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0


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  refutor: actual quote about this game by bogoljubow - "the game that killed dr. tarrasch" no joke
Nov-18-06  ToTheDeath: He also asked Reuben Fine (who was Jewish) if he was happy about the Hindenburg disaster.

Lovely man.

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  amadeus: Hans Kmoch on Bogoljubov:
Sep-25-08  ughaibu: Thanks for that link, a good read.
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  Pawn and Two: <amadeus> In the referenced article, "Grandmasters I Have Known", there is an obvious flaw in Hans Kmoch's recollection of what Bogoljubov may have said to Fine about the Hindenburg disaster.

Bogoljubov and Fine both played in the Zandvoort tournament (July/August 1936), and again at Nottingham (August 1936). According to the Chessgames database these are the only two tournament or match games they contested. Also, a review of Bogoljubov's tournment record in "Bogoljubow - The Fate of a Chess Player", shows no other tournament in which both of these players entered.

Bogojulbov could not have asked Fine about the Hindenburg disaster in 1936, as the Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6th, 1937. If Bogoljubov ever made this statement to Fine it could not have occurred as Kmoch indicates.

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  whiteshark: A few volatile thoughts:

Was this a casual game? When has it been played in 1933? (Tarrasch died in Feb 1934, in this db Tarrasch' last tournament was 1928 Bad Kissingen.)

Bogo was over-confident,it's well known. And his raw humor isn't everyone's cup of tea. So what?

Hans Kmoch was journalist and publisher if I'm not mistaken. So maybe he didn't spoil the story for the sake of the truth.

Fine played some tournaments in Europe 1937 . It's not unthinkable/unlikely that they met somewhere else.

What is so unusual about asking for someones opinion on Hindenburg-tragedy? I wouldn't overinterpret it.

May-26-12  bengalcat47: Observing the endgame play here one is reminded of the quote by Fine: "the King is a strong piece; use it!"
Mar-22-14  thomastonk: From

<Years earlier, I once saw him showing a game in which he had obtained a great advantage against Tarrasch. The German grandmaster, according to some accounts, became suddenly ill during that game and thought he was dying. In fact, he died not long afterward. Bogolyubov took pride in that encounter: “the game that killed Dr. Tarrasch.”>

Is it sure that this game was meant?

Jul-02-16  RookFile: Anything's possible, but playing tournament chess when you're 70 probably isn't good for your health.
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