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Efim Bogoljubov
Number of games in database: 1,039
Years covered: 1909 to 1952
Overall record: +485 -246 =299 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      9 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (53) 
    C77 C68 C65 C98 C83
 Orthodox Defense (51) 
    D63 D64 D52 D56 D55
 Queen's Gambit Declined (46) 
    D37 D30 D35 D06
 French Defense (43) 
    C11 C13 C12 C17 C18
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    D02 A45 A46 A40 A50
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E21 E42 E38 E23 E37
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C68 C77 C91 C87 C64
 Sicilian (48) 
    B40 B83 B23 B80 B20
 Queen's Pawn Game (48) 
    A46 D05 A40 A45 D04
 Orthodox Defense (46) 
    D52 D51 D63 D64 D60
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E38 E36 E21 E24 E34
 Semi-Slav (30) 
    D43 D48 D45 D46 D49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs H Mueller, 1934 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs NN, 1952 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs NN, 1919 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1920 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1920 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Grekov, 1914 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929)
   Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Breslau (1925)
   Moscow (1925)
   USSR Championship (1924)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Bled (1931)
   Oldenburg (1949)
   Gothenburg (1920)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   San Remo (1930)
   Zurich (1934)
   London (1922)
   Berne (1932)
   New York (1924)
   Karlsbad (1929)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Super Bogo 2 by policrates
   Super Bogo 1 by policrates
   Super Bogo 3 by policrates
   Bogo's Best Games by backrank
   Forgoten Gems by Yopo
   the rivals 1 by ughaibu
   Rubinstein vs World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   Bled 1931 international tournament by cuendillar
   Bled 1931 by Benzol

   Rubinstein vs Maroczy, 1920
   Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Lasker, 1925
   Lasker vs Spielmann, 1925
   Reti vs Rubinstein, 1919
   B Verlinsky vs Lasker, 1925

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(born Apr-14-1889, died Jun-18-1952, 63 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Germany)
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Efim Dimitrievich Bogoljubov was born in Stanislavchyk, Kiev. After being a prisoner in Germany during the First World War he was 1st at Berlin 1919 His first great international success came at Bad Pistyan (1922). After sharing 1st with Alexander Alekhine and Geza Maroczy at Karlsbad (1923), he won both the USSR Championship (1924) and the USSR Championship (1925). He then relocated to Germany. His greatest international victory came at Moscow (1925), where he finished 1.5 points ahead of a field that included Emanuel Lasker as well as Jose Raul Capablanca, the former and current World champions. At Bad Kissingen (1928), he again won first prize ahead of Capablanca, and in 1929 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929) and 1934 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934) he played two World Championship matches with Alekhine, losing both times.

After World War II his chess career was discontinued until 1949. FIDE first awarded the International Grandmaster title in 1950, but denied the title to Bogoljubov because they claimed he had been an ardent supporter of Hitler. FIDE awarded him the title the following year.

Wikipedia article: Efim Bogoljubov

Last updated: 2016-09-01 19:56:18

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,039  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Omeliansky vs Bogoljubov 0-134 1909 Championship Of KievC70 Ruy Lopez
2. Rotlewi vs Bogoljubov 1-025 1910 WTZGSz 10th anniversary tournamentA53 Old Indian
3. Bogoljubov vs S Rozental 1-039 1911 PetersburgD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Bogoljubov vs S Langleben  1-032 1912 All Russian Amateur TtA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
5. Hromadka vs Bogoljubov 0-131 1912 All Russian Amateur TtC45 Scotch Game
6. Bogoljubov vs Taubenhaus 1-048 1913 PetersburgC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. Bogoljubov vs I Rabinovich 1-037 1914 BadenC66 Ruy Lopez
8. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 0-143 1914 Rastatt blindfoldB20 Sicilian
9. Bogoljubov vs S Vainshtein  ½-½28 1914 BadenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. Flamberg vs Bogoljubov  1-020 1914 St. Petersburg2C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov 1-021 1914 Rastatt blindfoldC26 Vienna
12. Flamberg vs Bogoljubov 0-124 1914 Triberg (Germany)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. A Rabinovich vs Bogoljubov 0-132 1914 Baden Baden opC33 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Bogoljubov vs Grekov 1-011 1914 KievD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Salwe vs Bogoljubov 0-140 1914 PetersburgA53 Old Indian
16. Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch 0-129 1914 St. Petersburg (Russia)C11 French
17. S Von Freymann vs Bogoljubov 1-022 1914 St. Petersburg (Russia)A02 Bird's Opening
18. M Lowcki vs Bogoljubov 1-054 1914 St Petersburg2D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Bogoljubov vs Alapin  ½-½52 1914 PetersburgD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov 0-127 1914 St. Petersburg (Russia)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
21. Bogoljubov vs Duras 0-146 1914 MannheimB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. Marshall vs Bogoljubov ½-½27 1914 MannheimD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. P Krueger vs Bogoljubov ½-½35 1914 MannheimC66 Ruy Lopez
24. Bogoljubov vs A E Post 1-032 1914 MannheimD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Breyer vs Bogoljubov 0-127 1914 MannheimD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
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  perfidious: <Paul> Maybe so; to do as Bohatyrchuk did against Mikhail Moiseevich would have got him burnt at the stake or tried as a witch in earlier days.
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  keypusher: <Benzol: Botvinnik might have wanted to hang him for being one of the few leading players who had a plus score against him.>

I read an article about Bohatyrchuk in Chess Life in the 80s. It recounts that sometime in the 1930s Botvinnik gave Bohatyrchuk a book (don't know which one) with the self-deprecating inscription that he hoped it would improve Bohatyrchuk's opinion of his play. If true, that would indicate that Botvinnik wanted to hang B. later for being (in Botvinnik's eyes) a traitor, not for beating him.

I'd love to read that article again.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <perfidious> Yes as you say, <Boha> had every reason to believe his life was in imminent danger as the Red Army approached Kiev.

One of the reasons the Soviets got even angrier with him, however, is that he subsequently joined a very strange "Pro-German army of liberation" on his circuitious, and highly dangerous, journey from Kiev to safe haven in Ottawa.

He loved Kiev, and he always thought of himself as a Ukrainian first, and whatever else they forced him to be after. He'd already risked his life earlier on numerous occasions. He states that he got away with begging off a Soviet chess event on the grounds that Kiev had already changed hands 12 times and he'd prefer to stay home and be with his family in case something even more heinous happened. He also recounts the story when he had to do some fast talking to avoid prison or worse when he inadvertently purchased a fur coat from an NKVD officer in a "sting" operation.

In his own memoirs, he makes it clear that he had little use for either Stalin or Hitler's governments.

Easy call for many of us to make, but perhaps significantly more difficult for someone who lived square in the path of both governments, as <Boha> did.

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  perfidious: <jess> Never read B's memoirs, but that sounds like a perilous business, from only the details I knew-which were less than what you have provided.

It was one thing to be in Paul Keres' shoes, and even Keres escaped danger by a mere hair's breadth after playing in events under German auspices. For a player of somewhat lesser stature to have engaged in what the Soviets would have considered outright collaboration would have meant a certain date with the executioner.

Did not Bohatyrchuk wind up in Bavaria (American zone of occupation) in the aftermath of the fall of the Nazis? That was a break, compared to what consequences would have ensued had he been caught in the Soviet Zone or one of the countries they occupied.

Jun-07-13  morfishine: Ahh, the fascinating world of spies, double-agents and traitors. Before one condemns and urges execution of such persons, its wise to thoroughly examine all the circumstances and factors related to such case(s).

For example, German spy Hans Schmidt entered Britain in 1941. While others who entered during this time were caught and executed, Schmidt's career flourished. How? Well, he married an English woman, had a child and thus became accepted in English society and was not suspected. However, in the security sweeps of 1944, he was caught and given the option of death or turning against Germany. He turned and fed false information to the Germans for the rest of the war. The British loved him, that is until the war ended. For his service, they game him the option of staying in England since he'd be executed if he returned to Germany. He accepted and spent his remaining years living in utter contempt and scorn by the English. He was no longer any use to them and could never really be trusted since he was a "turned spy".

Or the case of German Admiral Canaris. He hated Hitler and the Nazi regime and spent the war undermining their efforts at every chance. The Allies loved this guy. However, he was finally found out and executed 3 weeks before the war ended. Sadly, the Allies had to admit there was no recourse or course of action to seek justice against the Nazi's. He was after all, a spy.

Or the case of Aldridge Ames. Here we have an American who turned traitor of his own free will and became a Russian spy. Not only were has actions damaging to national interests, his eventual arrest exposed a spy network in Russia that led to the execution of at least 10 informers. A truly despicable and reprehensible character. Why he was given a life sentence and not the death penalty, I'll never know.

Or the case of Benedict Arnold. Here, we have a person who made great sacrifice both in body and personal fortune for a cause, America, before turning. His was a unique class of traitor. Feeling betrayed by a Congress that refused to honor their promises and his claims, he "went over".

I've studied Arnold for years and was a long time apologist before softening my stance here. Why? (1) Arnold was a vain man, first and foremost a business man interested in wealth & (2) he did not exhaust all his options before turning traitor. So, I don't have much sympathy for him anymore. Here too, Arnold lived out his life in England and was also not received very warmly since he was, after all, a traitor.

Finally, I haven't studied <Boha> in depth. However, he appears to fall into that class of "traitor" who is "caught between a rock and a hard place" so to speak. Its hard to formulate an opinion on this class of "traitor" without actually being in that situation. One needs to analyze all his actions to see where his true loyalty lay.

Not all spies or traitors are executed. A lot depends on if the individual acted on their own free will or from an outside influence. The amount of damage done also needs to be taken into account, as well as creditable actions.

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  playground player: It would be nice if chess could interfere with politics to the same extent that politics interferes with chess.
Aug-17-13  motiff: Hello everyone:

Can anyone starting facilitate Bogoljubov vs T Schuster 1952 in Stuttgart?.

Bogoljubov played one match against T Schuster of two games, the last two of his life before dying from liver cancer. The game G Schuster vs Bogoljubov is known and is in the database of games, but the other not.

If anyone can get would be great.

A greeting.

Nov-06-13  Karpova: New York 1924, Match against Kupchik ends with +3 -1 =2 in favor of Bogoljubov.

From page 272 of the September 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-16-14  RedShield: The only quote I've seen attributed to Bogo is <When I am white I win because I am white. When I am black I win because I am Bogoljubov.>

But now, courtesy of Lothar Schmid, we have:

<Chess is a foolish thing; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't work.>

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  keypusher: <RedShield>

Supposedly he also said <I don't play well in England.>

Jan-16-14  RedShield: Our bier didn't agree with him.
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  PhilFeeley: Why is this game not here, when over a dozen other Rellstab-Bogoljubov games are?

Stockholm, 1930

Ludwig Rellstab-Bogoljubov

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Position before black's 20th move. Found this on Spraggett's blog. His question: Do you play 21...g5?

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  thomastonk: <PhilFeeley: Why is this game not here, when over a dozen other Rellstab-Bogoljubov games are?> I don't understand the logic. We have a long dozen of games between both men here. Why does this mean we should have this particular one? BTW, I have 23 in my collection.

<Ludwig Rellstab-Bogoljubov> Really? I have it as Bogoljubov vs Rellstab. (And Spraggett, too.)

If you are missing a certain game and you have it, then you can submit it here: PGN Upload Utility. But please be careful: every mistake is costly.

If you don't have it, there are many helpful people here - including myself - that will try to help you, if you ask friendly.

Apr-14-14  waustad: <RedShield>I've seen the black-white quote attributed to Johannes Zukertort if I recall correctly.
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  john barleycorn: Bogoljubow suffered from idiosyncrasy against whole nations: "I cannot play in England" and his results showed it.
Premium Chessgames Member Rather dashing in white tie.
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  TheFocus: <To have a knight planted in your game at K6 is worse than a rusty nail in your knee> - Efim Bogolubow.
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  TheFocus: <The young people have read my book. Now I have no chance> - Efim Bogoljubov.
Jan-29-16  Chess Is More: He was strong, a warrior. Unfortunately, for chess fans with a conscience: a nazi pig.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Bogo!
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  whiteshark: Bogo - Think Big.
Apr-14-16  Gottschalk: <Philfeeley>

Full game in pgn
[Event "Stockholm"]
[Site "Stockholm"]
[Date "1930.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Efim Bogoljubow"]
[Black "Ludwig Rellstab"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D37"]
[PlyCount "93"]
[EventDate "1930.??.??"]
[Source "Orselli & Pezzi"]
[SourceDate "2005.10.27"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. Bf4 c6 6. e3 Nh5 7. Bg3 Nxg3 8. hxg3 f5 9. Bd3 Nf6 10. Qc2 Bd6 11. Ne2 Qa5+ 12. Kf1 Bd7 13. Nf4 O-O 14. a3 Rae8 15. Rc1 b5 16. c5 Bb8 17. Rh4 Ne4 18. Qd1 Qd8 19. Ne5 Bxe5 20. dxe5 g5 21. Rxh7 Nd2+ 22. Ke1 Nf3+ 23. Qxf3 g4 24. Rxd7 Qxd7 25. Qe2 Qc7 26. Bb1 Rf7 27. Nd3 Rh7 28. Kd2 Kf7 29. Rf1 Reh8 30. f3 gxf3 31. Qxf3 Ke8 32. g4 Rf7 33. gxf5 Rxf5 34. Nf4 Rff8 35. Qg4 Qxe5 36. Nd3 Qe4 37. Qxe4 dxe4 38. Rxf8+ Rxf8 39. Nb4 Rf2+ 40. Kc3 Rxg2 41. Bxe4 Re2 42. Bxc6+ Ke7 43. Bxb5 Rxe3+ 44. Kd2 Rh3 45. Nc6+ Kd7 46. Nxa7+ Kc7 47. Bc4 1-0

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  Caissanist: Batgirl (aka gives an updated version of Bohatirchuk's wartime memories of Bogo: .
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  diagonal: <Caissanist> thanks for the link, it is always worth to dip into Batgirl's history archives, her inspirational and well researched articles on the secrets of chess are generally recommended:
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  offramp: "Biography of Bogoljubov" is quite a good tongue-twister.
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