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Efim Bogoljubov vs Richard Reti
Kiel GER (1921), rd 12
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  0-1


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  Gypsy: One wonders if <22.Rec1> and <27.Rac1> are switched about? Why not 22...Qxe5 or 23...Qxe5 or 24...Qxe5 otherwise??
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  whiteshark: <21.Qd4> should have kept the position in balance.
Mar-03-13  thomastonk: Bogoljubov's moves 15.♗xc6, 16.b4 and 17.♔d2 follow a wrong plan. Réti noted that 15.♕c5 would have been better. After 17.Kd2 he explains that it is necessary for Black to open up the king's side, but I think Black could also decide to play on the queen's side with Bc4 and a5.

<Whiteshark>'s 21.♕d4 is interesting and not mentioned by Réti. Black has an interesting pawn sac: 21.. c5 22.bxc5 ♖cf8 23.f3 ♖f4 24.♕e3 and now my engine detected 24.. ♖a4! with the "idea" of ♖d8 and then d4. Not very human, of course.

Réti's 21.. c5! is decisive, but his analysis was wrong. After 22.bxc5 he wrote 22.. d4!! 23.cxd4 Qa5+ 24.Kc2 Qa4 and here he missed 25.Kc1 and the game will most likely end with a perpetual. Instead the silent 22.. ♕a5 keeps the win, but again the lines are not very human.

<Gypsy> is right and the game score is wrong: Bogoljubov played 22.♖ac1 and 27.♖ec1.

Réti's innocent looking 24.. Qd6 is a mistake, which could have lost half a point after 25.♖xc8+ ♗xc8 26.a3!. The alternatives 24.. ♕b7 and 24.. ♕d8 would have kept a clear advantage.

28.. d3 gets a ! by Réti and shall be decisive. But White can take the pawn: 29.♘xd3 ♗xd3 30.♖c8+ ♔h7 31.♕xd3 ♕xg2 32.♔c3! and at least some hope is left. The greedy 28.. ♕xa2+ would have been better.

Réti's analysis can be found in "Algemeen Handelsblad" April 2, 1921.

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