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Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov
Bled (1931), Bled YUG, rd 22, Sep-21
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Goglidze Attack (D70)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-20-10  sethoflagos: Bogoljubov should have done better here and won a notable scalp for the Grunfeld/Goglidze.

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21. ... fxg4
22. hxg5 gxf3!

and now Alekhine has problems

23. Bf1 Qxg5

a)24. Nh3 ...
a1)24. ... Qf6 25. Bd3 h6 26. Nf4 Ng4+ 27. Kg3 Qxd4 28. Ne6+ Kf7 29. Nxd4 Rg8 30. Nxc6 Ne3+ 31. Kxf3 Nxd1 32. Nxd1 bxc6 33. Rxh6 Raf8

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A quick clear win. And for the more adventurous ....

a2)24. ... Qg2+ 25. Bxg2 fxg2+ 26. Ke2 gxh1=Q 27. Rxh1 Bxh1 28. Qxg1+ Kh8 29. Qxh1 Nf3

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I'm always a bit wary about claiming a 2RvsQ victory, but this one looks sound.

b)24. Rh3 Rf4
25. Rg3 Qxg3+
26. Kxg3 Rxd4
27. Rxd4 h5
28. Rxd6 Rg8

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... should be a comfortable win

c) 24. Rh4 Kg8
25. Nh3 Qg7
26. Nf4 Rae8
c1) 27. Nd3 Re6 28. Nxe5 dxe5 29. Qb4 Rg6 30. a3 Rg2+ 31. Bxg2 fxg2+ 32. Kg1 Qf6

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Black's threat of Qf2 is pretty well unanswerable. White has nothing better than 33. Qg4+ Kh8 34. Kh2 Qf2 35. Rxh7+ Kxh7 36. Qh5+ Kg7 37. Qg5+ Kf7 38. Qh5 Ke6 39. Qg4+ Qf5 40. Qxf5+ Kxf5.

And saving the best until last ...

c2) 27. Bh3 Kh8 28. Nh5 Qg5 29. Rg1 Qh6 30. b3 Rg8 31. Rg3 Qc1 32. Ne4 Qc2+ 33. Nd2 Nd5 34. Bf1 Qxa2

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Deliciously complex, and black still has work to do.

35. Bc4 Qc2 36. Re4 Rxg3 37. Nxg3 Nf6 38. Rf4 Qg6 39. Nxf3 Nfg4+ 40. Ke2 Bxf3+ 41. Rxf3 Qg7 42. Qe4 ...

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... and now the fireworks!

42. ... Re7! 43. Nf5 Nxc4 44. Qxe7 Qb2+ 45. Ke1 Qd2+ 46. Kf1 Nh2+ 47. Kg1 Nxf3+ 48. Kf1 Qb3+

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And the fork on Nf5 finally nails it.

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  offramp: <sethoflagos>, thanks for that interesting bunch of variations. We haven't seen you for a few months so I hope things are okay in your beautiful country. Happy new year.

This whole game is very complicated. Black was winning for a long time but the actual wins were very hard to see.

I would like to see a really strong player give his opinion on this game. I don't think computers are much use.

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  perfidious: Here's hoping: <seth> is one of the good guys around here.

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