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Efim Bogoljubov vs Milan Vidmar
Bad Sliac (1932), Sliac CSR, rd 13, Jun-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D48)  ·  0-1



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Feb-15-06  Whitehat1963: Black to play and win in 4 moves after 39. Qxa6. (Opening of the Day) Poor Vidmar. He owned Bogo, and while Bogo got to play Alekhine for the title at least twice that I know of, I don't think Vidmar ever played anyone for the title.
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  wwall: If 36.Qxa6, then 36...Qg4 37.Qf1 Be1 38.Bf2 Qxf4+ 39.Kg1 Bxf2+ 40.Qxf2 Qxe5

If 41.g3 Qf3 wins; if 41.Kg1 Qe3+, threatening 42...Qxb3

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  wwall: Instead of 41...Qc1+, Black can play 41...Qf2!, threatening 42...Qxg2 mate.
Jul-01-10  ounos: Hmm, curious. 20. Qf2 (?) Bxb2 21. Rad1 Bc3

Bogo clearly counted that he can now regain the pawn, e.g. 22. Bxa6 - otherwise, the whole variation is rubbish, he just loses a pawn for no compensation whatsoever.

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But he had misjudged the position after 22. Rxa6 23. Rxd8 Rxd8.

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In this position, there is only one side playing. The pawn at a4 falls easily. The bishops, the rooks and the passed pawn are just too strong. The queen has no attacking prospects, so it's pretty much hopeless.

20. R(any)d1 would be much simpler and safer.

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