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Alexander Alekhine / Efim Bogoljubov vs Dr. P
Berlin alternating s (1929), Berlin GER, Oct-23
Semi-Slav Defense: Semi-Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-04  mack: Anyone care to explain this game?
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  paulalbert: This apparently was a simultaneous exhibition where Alekhine and Bogoljubov made alternating moves against the amateur players. This sometimes can be amusing since even two GMs can have different strategic ideas and their plans may be fouled up by the next move of their compatriot. Another variant, e.g., is where one master plays for a half hour and then is relieved by another master for a half hour before alternating again. This game seems a rather routine win by the GMs over an amateur player, so Dr. P probably wasn't helped by the alternating arrangement. Of course in 1929 Alekhine was World Champion and Bogoljubov was one of the top GMs in the world. Finding out a lot more about this particular simul would require a lot of digging in old Berlin newspapers,etc. I'll leave that kind of research to someone like Edward Winter. Hope this is helpful. Paul Albert
Apr-29-04  WMD: "This display took place in the Cafe Konig on the 23 October 1929 after the completion of the Berlin section of the match and was played on 41 boards. The two Grandmasters scored 36 wins and five draws." (Skinner & Verhoeven)
Apr-29-04  WMD: Alekhine also took part in two alternating blindfold simuls in 1934. His partners were Salo Landau and George Koltanowski, respectively. The Alekhine/Koltanowski games can be found here: Alekhine/Koltanowski Blindfold Team.

After the exhibition, Alekhine is reported to have stated that he considered Koltanowski to be the second best blindfold player in the world, with Samisch in third.

Apr-29-04  mack: Very interesting stuff, thanks!
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  paulalbert: Thanks, WMD, for the historical research that I did not take time to do. Your information reminded me that I have in my historic chess pictures file a photo of Alekhine playing Bogoljubov at Cafe Koenig with Emanuel Lasker and others watching. Paul Albert

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