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Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov
Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929), Wiesbaden GER, rd 1, Sep-06
Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  1-0



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Jan-10-05  masterwojtek: To anyone who 10...Nxc3 possible?
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  tpstar: 10 ... Nxc3?! 11. Qf3 f6 12. ef gf 13. Qh5+ looks very strong for White.
Jan-11-05  masterwojtek: Thanks <tpstar>.
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  offramp: This is the first game of the match. With hindsight, most people would have liked an Alekhine-Capablanca rematch, but at the time a lot of people would have dreaded that. If an A-C match had been played, with both players playing better than in 1927, who knows how long the match would have lasted? People have derided the Alekhine-Bogoljubov matches but the games were very interesting, and both players won some good games.
Feb-13-05  Calli: AA played Bogo for a lot less money than he demanded for a Capa rematch ($10,000). This is the main reason it didn't take place. AA didn't take this match too seriously. He actually traveled to the FIDE congress during a break in the match.
Feb-13-05  iron maiden: Was the Alekhine-Capablanca match really that boring? If there was so little demand for a rematch, then why did AA feel compelled to explain at every opportunity why one had never taken place?
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  offramp: I don't find the games of the match boring - as long as I skip the first 15 moves of each one. There were 32 QGDs in the 34-game match. A rematch in 1929 would have had the same conditions as the 1927 match - first to 6 wins (ie the London Rules of 1922). Capablanca would have been much better prepared in 1929, but Alekhine had also improved enormously... So how long would the match have lasted? 40 games? 50? Which organizer in the post-Crash world would take on such a match?
Feb-14-05  euripides: Bogoljubow sets the tone for the match by playing rubbish on move 5.
Sep-17-06  syracrophy: 26.Ne5+! Nxe5 <26...Kd8 27.Rxa8+> 27.Ra7+! <27...Kc6 28.Qe4#; 27...Kc8 28.Rxa8+; 27...Bb7 28.Rxb7+ Kc8 29.Rb8+ wins>
Mar-04-08  Knight13: <euripides: Bogoljubow sets the tone for the match by playing rubbish on move 5.> Come on it ain't THAT bad.

And this is one of the better games in WCC from 1886 until now (1929).

Jul-20-10  aragorn69: Alekhine's immediate comments:
<New York Times, 9 September 1929, page 23 of the sports section:

‘WIESBADEN, Sept. 7 – The first game in the match for the world chess championship was exciting and from the viewpoint of theory it also was notable despite the fact it was a comparatively brief contest.

Bogoljubow, who had the black pieces, adopted the so-called Russian Defense in answer to the Queen’s Gambit. Among other things, this variation has the purpose of accepting the proffered pawn after due preparation and then abandoning it later in a favorable position after time for the full development of the pieces has been gained.

This procedure was especially carefully analyzed by Bogoljubow in his last volume and he adopted this style of play in his match with Dr Euwe. However, he deviated from the customary continuation at his fifth move by dispensing with the development of his queen’s bishop, whereby he confronted me with a dilemma.

I had to decide forthwith whether by advancing my king’s pawn one square I could also acquire a variation of the Queen’s Gambit or whether, by moving it two squares, I could afford to offer a regular gambit. After due deliberation I selected the latter alternative, which leads to positions which have not yet been fully explored.

After only a few moves it became apparent that the sacrifice of the pawn was more than offset by the offensive advantage obtained. Indeed, I succeeded in organizing an attack similar to that I had obtained in a consultation game played last Spring in the Manhattan Chess Club in New York. The menace in the centre of the board and on the queen’s wing became so acute that Bogoljubow, at his 13th move, had to renounce castling, incidentally exchanging his only fully developed piece. Had he instead moved his queen’s rook, as the spectators expected he would, then my queen’s bishop would have effectively penetrated into the game with a gain of time.

His game very soon became hopeless due to the weakness of the black squares and his inability to promptly mobilize his queen’s wing. Threatened with the positive loss of a rook he was forced to resign after 26 moves.

Although the moral effect of this first decision is not to be underestimated, it must not be viewed as possessing a decisive significance in respect to the outcome of the match, for in my match with Capablanca I succeeded, with apparent ease, in deciding the first game in my favor, but the real hard work came later. It also is possible that this will be the case in the present match.’>


Sep-19-13  Karpova: After 21.0-0

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Albert Becker coments: <Es erscheint unfaßbar, daß sich eine solche Stellung in einem Weltmeisterschaftskampfe ereignen kann! Schwarz kann sich überhaupt nicht rühren, er wird abgeschlachtet.>

Source: Page 277 of the September 1929 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Translation: It appears inconceivable, that such a position can occur in a World Championship match! Black cannot move at all, he is being butchered.

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  offramp: Bogo must surely have been a bit nervous in the first game.

He is a bit behind in development after 13.Bf3.

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Here 13...Ra7! looks like a good move. It gets rid of that pesky pin on the ♙c6 and protects the entire 2nd rank!

Instead he plays the shaky 13...h6 and watches as his entire kingside crashes like George Michael passing a SnappySnaps.

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I bet Efim Dimitrievich did not sleep well that night.

Oct-12-16  RookFile: Bb4 and Bxc3 seems really risky to me. Say goodbye to the black squares for black. I like your ...Ra7 idea.
May-08-20  Dr Nahush: I guess bogo didn't see Be2-Bf3 and again Bh5!! relocation in answer to his.... h6

His plan might have been
13...h6 14.Nh3 00 15.axb5 Nd5! With playable position

May-08-20  Dr Nahush: 13...Ra7 looks really nice but after 14.Bf4! Rb7 (as Nd7 runs into Nxe6)
15.Bxb8 Rxb8 16. Bxc6! with strong threats
May-27-20  Saul Goodman: An Alekhine-Capablanca rematch would not have been boring. If Capa took it seriously, he would have won pretty decisively. Alekhine knew that, and therefore only played guys he expected to beat.
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  MissScarlett: At which point during the 34 games of the 1927 match should Capablanca have started taking it seriously?
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  beatgiant: Capablanca took it seriously, and he clearly won the post-match propaganda war of "who was afraid of whom."
Jun-22-20  Saul Goodman: “MissScarlett: At which point during the 34 games of the 1927 match should Capablanca have started taking it seriously?“

Capablanca did not prepare for the match, which was indefensible. If he had prepared for a rematch, it likely would have been different. After all, Alekhine couldn’t even hold his crown against Euwe, whO was certainly not in Capa’s class

May-09-21  SymphonicKnight: Bogoljubov's play in this first game is far inferior to Capablanca's play in the previous world championship match.

8...Bxc3? (b5!) led to dark square weaknesses that Bogoljubov never recognized, and ultimately probably cost him the game. 10...f6? (Nd7 or Qe7) was premature and exposed Boboljubov's King. 12...a6? (0-0!) left the K in a dangerous barrage. 17...Rg8? (Rf8) left the Rook too cramped.
19...Ke7? (Rf8!) again left the King in danger.

Apr-11-23  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 10...Nxc3 11. Qf3 f6 12. exf6 gxf6 13. Qh5+ Ke7 14. Bxc3 fxg5 15. Qxg5+ Kf7 16. Qh5+ Ke7 17. Bb4+ Kf6 18. Qh6+ Kf7 19. Be2 Na6 20. Bh5+ Kg8 21. Qf4 Kg7 22. Qf7+ Kh6 23. Bd2+ Qg5 24. Qf6+ Kxh5 25. Qxg5#

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