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Georg Salwe vs Efim Bogoljubov
All-Russian Masters (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 3, Jan-08
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  0-1

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Dec-18-03
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  Chessical: A Bogoljubow masterpiece of combatative chess, and a precursor to the new Soviet ideas in the King’s Indian in the 1950’s.

This game is from the dawn of the Hypermodern age. Bogoljubow plays a K-side Indian attack which overwhelms Salwe, a player more used to facing the slower positional Queen’s Gambit. George Salwe was a strong player, but he is unable to deal with the sharp tactical threats after Bogoljubow sacrifices a N to expose Salwe's K.

11.exf5 gxf5 12.Re1 is more flexible

15.Be3 Salwe does not want to open the h file up by 15.Bxh6!? Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Rh7

20…..Nxg4!? if not winning is a very effective plan. White’s K-side pawn cover dissolves in front of Bogoljubow’s threatening K-side advance

Pawn hunting would have dreadful results 26.Qxb7?! Raf8 27.c6 Nh4 28.Bxh4 Qxh4 followed by g3

Bogoljubow misses an immediate win, 30...Qh2+ 31.Kf1 f3 32.Nxf3 Bxf3 33.Qxf3 Rxf3+ 34.Ke2 Qxg2+ 35.Kd1 Qd2 mate, but after 31.e5 he is still clearly winning.

33.Kf1? Re8 34.Re4 Qh2 35.Re2 e4!

Dec-18-03  euripides: Remarkable. This basically tranposes into a line of the King's Indian - I think the Benko variation - which Kavalek played againt Kasparov in the early 1980s and lost to a sacrifice on h5 at the point where Bogoljubov sacrifices on g4. It's interesting that the KI did not become respectable at this time -some Engish players played it quite a bit, but it took decades - and yet B's approach here looks thoroughly modern.
Jul-17-05
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  Chessical: This game is one of Bogoljubow's finest, but also least known games. He had important ideas around King's Indian which failed to be appreciated at the time.
Dec-08-09
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  KWRegan: Not to mention that White's Rook on e1 was hanging at Move 29, but this looks like Move-30 time-control Zeitnot.

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