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Efim Bogoljubov vs Richard Reti
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Mar-21
French Defense: McCutcheon Variation. Wolf Gambit (C12)  ·  1-0



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  Peligroso Patzer: This game was played in Round 4 of the famous New York 1924 tournament (NOT in New Orleans, as currently indicated in the caption of the scoresheet).

In his annotations in the tournament book ("New York 1924", by Alexander Alekhine, Russell Enterprises, Inc., (c)2008), Alekhine notes that 43. Rd6 would have been a "still simpler" win than 43. Rc6 (as actually played by Bogoljubow).

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  plang: 5 Ne2 is a rarely played but perfectly reason alternative to the main line 5 e5. 7..gxf looks to be a bit more dynamic than Reti's 7..Bxf6. Reti's plan of 8..Bd7?!, 9..Bc6 and 10..Bxe4 looks both slow and dubious. 16..b5?! 17 b4! made the problem worse leaving Black weak on the light squares. Bogdanovich recommended 18..Nf6 19 Bg2..Rad8 20 g5..Nd5 followed by ..a5 as offering better defensive chances than in the game. Black's position was hopeless after 21 Qe4!.

A very nice positional effort by Bogoljubov.

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