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Efim Bogoljubov vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Breslau (1925), Breslau GER, rd 2, Jul-20
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation (B04)  ·  1-0



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Feb-26-03  morphynoman2: Dr. Tarrasch absolutely overplayed.
Aug-06-04  Tennyson: I just read that one of Tarrasch favorite quips was, "I have only two words, 'check' and 'mate.'" Looks like he added two new words to his repertoire with this game. "I" and "resign." Seriously though, the game is over with 8. e6!
Aug-06-04  Lawrence: <Siegbert> has a bad day.
Jun-08-06  mjk: <Tennyson> Don't you mean "check" and "mated"? It's very hard to believe that this is the <Tarrasch>
Jun-08-06  RookFile: Well, that's what Tarrasch said to Lasker before they played their world championship match.... he only had two words for Lasker... 'check' and 'mate'..... needless to say, it didn't work out as Tarrasch had hoped.
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  GrahamClayton: 5...♕d7 supporting the Bishop was a better option than the retreat 5...♗g6.
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  Phony Benoni: This game really reminds me of Mitt Romney. It looks like Tarrasch wanted to prove he was just a regular guy who could play the hip hypermodern openings. But no matter how he tried, it just wasn't convincing.
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  Telemus: I've just seen secondary sources where the game ends after 21. ♕f4+, 22. O-O-O+ or 23. ♕d6#, resp.
Nov-22-19  Thief: Why did Tarrasch play the Alekhine in a serious tournament game if he didn't even know how to play it?
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  keypusher: <Thief> He played it pretty well here.

Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1923

Nov-22-19  Thief: <keypusher> Oh. How would you explain this game, then?
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  keypusher: <Thief: <keypusher> Oh. How would you explain this game, then?>

1) Tarrasch was in his sixties and far from the player he had been.

2) Alekhine's Defense was still mostly uncharted territory in those days.

3) I think when Tarrasch played 5....Bg6, he just missed the possibility of 8.e6, after which he was busted. And as often happened when he knew he'd made a botch of things, he didn't put up the stoutest defense after that.

4) Bogoljubov won this strong tournament by two full points. Give him some credit -- after Tarrasch went wrong early, Bogoljubov made sure to never give him another chance!

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  Telemus: <keypusher> Well explained! You only forgot to mention that he got married between the game with Lasker and this one, and we all know what that means.
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  perfidious: Most interesting: had not known Bogo was married during this event, which would explain this success, as would prove the case with Glenn Flear sixty years on.
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  plang: 5..Bg6 was inferior; 8..f6 was awful.
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  FSR: I remember in my youth being shocked to see Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1923. Tarrasch plays the Alekhine?? I couldn't believe it! In this game, his second outing with the opening, he plays at maybe 1500 strength (my apologies to any 1500s I've offended) and gets utterly shellacked. I can see why he never again played it after this debacle.
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  FSR: <perfidious> I think <Telemus> was saying not that Bogo got married, but that Tarrasch got married between his 1923 game against Lasker (in which Tarrasch first played the Alekhine, and got the advantage, although he ultimately lost) and this debacle (the second and last time that Tarrasch played the Alekhine).
Jan-09-23  ColdSong: Can one see Tarrasch trying this defense without a smile ? How to say it.It did not completely suit to his style.But he wanted.All right.
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  FSR: <keypusher: . . . Bogoljubov won this strong tournament by two full points.>

Bogo was crazy strong in the 1920s. Some of his other tournament victories in that decade include Bad Pistyan (1922) ahead of Alekhine and Spielmann; USSR Championship (1924), yielding only 4 draws in 17 games; Moscow (1925), 1.5 points ahead of Lasker and 2 points ahead of Capablanca; and Bad Kissingen (1928), a point ahead of Capablanca. It's unfortunate that people think of him as "that guy Alekhine crushed twice in world championship matches while he was ducking Capablanca."

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  perfidious: Bogolyubov faltered at the very highest levels in heads-up play, but his tournament record during the mid 1920s was beyond doubt. One tough sumbitch.

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