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Ludwig Engels vs Efim Bogoljubov
Dresden (1936), Dresden GER, rd 1, Jun-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  0-1



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Aug-31-20  offramp: These two played many interesting games together. Not surprisingly Bogo won 5-1, with 2 draws.

In this game, Ludwig Engels got a good position but went a bit postal on the sacrifices and lost badly. He missed a very complicated winning chance.

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White could have caused serious problems with
24. Nd5! Nxd5
25. fxe5 Nxe3?. <This is the obvious move. In fact 25... Bf8!= is the best move.>

After 25...Nxe3,

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...White has to avoid the obvious
26. exd6?

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Owing to
26... Nf5+
27. Kh1 Nxg3+
28. hxg3 Bxg2+!
29. Kxg2 Qxd6=

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Instead, he has to go radio rental with

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26. Rxg7+! Kxg7
27. e6+ f6

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28. Rxf6 Ng4+
29. Rf2+ Ne5

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White's bishops are too powerful.
30. e7 Re8
31. Bxe5+ Bxe5
32. Qxe5+ Kg8
33. Qe6+ Kg7
34. Qg6+ Kh8
35. Qh7#.

24.Nd5 would not have won, owing to 25...Bf8, but it was an interesting try.

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