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Efim Bogoljubov vs Carlos Torre Repetto
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 9, Nov-21
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  1-0



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Oct-28-06  syracrophy: 15.♗e3 a5 16.♖b1!<Now, black can win the exchange with 16...exd4 17.cxd4 Be4 18.Qb2 Bxb1 19.Qxb1, but they would have left too weak the light squares> 16...♖d8 17.♕b3 ♗e4 18.♖d1 g5? <Again an ilogical move. Maybe correct was returning the rook to h8> 19.c5! d5 <If 19...Rg6 20.Nxe5 Bg2 21.Nxg6 hxg6 22.h7, etc> 20.cxb6 cxb6 21.dxe5 fxe5 22.♖h5 ♖g6 23.♔f1 Nf6 24.Bxg5 Rxg5 25.Rxg5 Bxf3 26.Bxf3 Bxh6 27.Bh5+ Kf8 28.Rf5 <For the exchange, black could free himself a little bit and closed themost important lines for White, but Bogoljubow continue his strong attack>28...♕e6 29.♗g4 ♔e7 30.♗h3<With the threat 31.Rh5> 30...♕d6 31.♕a4! ♘e4 32.♖d3 ♗g7 33.♗g2 ♘f6 34.♕h4 ♕e6 35.♖g5 ♔f7 36.♖f3<The threats are 37.Qxh7 and 38.Qh5+>36...h6 37.♕h5+ ♔f8 38.♖xe5 ♕d6 39.♖xd5 ♔g8!<A last resource. Now, 40.Rxd6? Rxd6 <threatens mate> 41.Rd3 Rxd3 42.Bd5+ Rxd5 . But Bogoljubow has no fear> 40.Rfd3!<Eliminating all resistance>40...♘xd5 41.♗xd5+ ♔h8 42.♗e4 ♕f6 43.♕g6 ♔g8<It's clear that 43...Qxg6 44.Rxd8+ winning> 44.Qh7+ 1-0

Oct-28-06  syracrophy: This game was decisive in the score standings of the tournament, because the winner of this game, would reach a decisive advantage of the score standings. Let's see:

1.d4 ♘f6 2.♘f3 b6 3.c4 ♗b7 4.♘c3 g6 <The double fianchetto, Torre's favorite system> 5.g3 <Also, another way of fighting for the center can be 5.Qc2 and maybe later, e4>5...♗g7 6.♗g2 ♘e4<It was interesting 6...d5, with a Grunfeld scheme> 7.♕d3 <Practically, forcing the exchange of knights, as 7...f5, then 8.h4 and h5 would be strong>7...♘xc3 8.bxc3 d6 9.h4 <In sight of the abscense of the knight of the kingside, White attacks that flank>9...♘d7 <If black would have played 9...h5?!, it would have left a strong post on the g5 square for White> 10.h5 e5 11.♗g5 f6 <If 11...e4 12.Bxd8 exd3 13.Bg5 dxe2 14.Kxe2> 12.♗d2 ♕e7 13.h6 ♗f8 14.♕c2 ♖g8 <Here Torre begins to lose the road of the game. Black should have tried castling long, instead of going hunting the white h-pawn with ...g5 and ...Rg6>

Oct-29-06  Calli: <syracrophy> Thanks for the analysis. 23...Nf6 looks like a "?". I realize that White has a combo on 23...Bxh6 24.Rxh6 Rxh6 25.Bxg5 Rf6 but does that go anywhere? 26.Qb5 Kf8 27.c4 d4 is still equal.
Oct-30-06  syracrophy: <Calli> Torre played 23...Ng6 with the idea of sacrificing the exchange to free his position and to block White's strong files, but alas, didn't worked. That was his idea-almost works! But we can't ignore Bogoljubov's great attacking spirit
Oct-30-06  Nasruddin Hodja: Why does the scoresheet call it the Moscow Alekhine Memorial? Wasn't Alekhine an enemy of the Soviet state at this point?
Oct-30-06  syracrophy: <Nasruddin Hodja> I don't know. The curious thing is that Alekhine didn't participated on this tournament
Oct-30-06  Resignation Trap: <Nasruddin Hodja> and <syracrophy> This was NOT the Alekhine Memorial, the scoresheet has incorrect information on it, for, indeed, Alekhine was an enemy of the Soviet state at this time (Bogoljubov would gain this same distinction at the end of 1926, when he defected).
Oct-31-06  syracrophy: <Resignation Trap> In fact, I knew from the beggining that the information was incorrect. We can't miss that Alekhine was still alive and there's was no sense on making a tournament in his honor.

This tournament was a simple international tournament (won by Bogoljubov) One of the best results in his career

Feb-03-10  backrank: Highly interesting and complex game by Bogo. Note the facts that White's e-pawn never moves in this game and that both players never castle. I don't know where <syracrophy>'s annotations to the game come from, but most of them seem to use parts of Bogo's own comments in the tournament book. Strangely, however, it's the comment to Black's decisive blunder 23. ... Nf6? which is missing here. Bogo himself recommends Bxh6! instead, which he wanted to answer by 24. Qb5!, which is better than the move 24. Rxh6 only considered by <calli>. Bogo says that the position after 23. ... Bxh6 24. Qb5 (planning Bh3 or Rxh6) would have remained difficult for Black, e.g. 24. Kf8 25. Nh4. I can but admire Bogo's unmistakable 'feel' for such highly complicated positions as this one.
Apr-13-19  Atking: 15...f5 16.Bg5 Qf7 then 17...Be7 looks at least equal to me.

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