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Hans Roepstorff vs Efim Bogoljubov
"Ripped Off by Ropstorff" (game of the day Dec-04-2016)
3rd General Government (1942), Warsaw POL, Oct-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Duras Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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Given 18 times; par: 46 [what's this?]

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Jan-26-08  Egghead: Who is Ropstorff? He has only 3 games in the database, but this is a pretty compelling win against Bogoljubov.
Jul-21-08  Mibelz: H. Ropstorff (Roepstorff, Röpstorff) was a German chess player born in 1910. See,
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  al wazir: According to Alekhine's note, after 24... gxf5, "25. Rg6 would follow with decisive effect."

I don't see that. After 25...Rg8 26. Rxf6 Nf3+ 27. Kh1 Nxd2, black is a ♙ up.

Dec-04-16  Historia: This game played in a Nazi occupied Warsaw?
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  perfidious: <Historia: This game played in a Nazi occupied Warsaw?>

Here is another: Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942.

In 1950, FIDE bestowed the grandmaster title on 27 players; however, Bogo was not amongst them, though his playing resume was more than enough to earn a spot, due to objections raised by Eastern bloc countries to the 'renegade'. It was only the year after other former elite players were awarded the title that the old maestro received his.

Dec-04-16  mruknowwho: al wazir: The one thing about that is after 27...Nxd2 28.Rd1 (avoiding Nxf1)28...Nxc4 29.Rf7+ Kh8 30.Rxc7 Na5 (presumably since the knight is under attack), Black is in possible danger of an attack against the king which would involve potentially both rooks and the knight. Not to mention White can catch up in pawns and maybe even gain a material lead.
Dec-04-16  clement41: At last a game where we can play through variations
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  ChessHigherCat: Alekhine didn't even mention this so it probably doesn't work, but why didn't white play 18. Nxh7? If KxN, 19. Qh5+..K anywhere, 20. Qg6+ with mate to follow
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  thegoodanarchist: A poor pun but an excellent game, worthy of GOTD.
Dec-04-16  ninja warrior: Chess higher cat it doesn't work... I thought so too at first but black has the saving Qg7.
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  ChessHigherCat: ninja warrior, but if 19. Qg7 then NxR (winning the sex-change)
Dec-04-16  Ron: Some alternate lines in this game:

11. ... Nxe3 12. fxe3 fxe4 13. dxe4


12. Bd2 Nh6 13. Bc3 fxe4 14. dxe4 a5 15. Qd3 Nf7. Stockfish evaluates 12 Bd2 as better than what Ropstorff (and Alekhine) preferred.


Alekhine is wrong about 17. ... h6. Black can not only survive, but also thrive: 17. ... h6 18. Qh5 Ne5 19. Rab1 Qd4 20. Rbd1 Qxc4 21. Rc1 Qd4 22. Rxc7 Bg4 23. Qh4 Rae8 24. Bf3 Qb6 25. Bxg4 Qxc7 26. Ne6 Qc4 27. Nxf8 Nxg4 28. h3 Ne5 29. Qxc4 Nxc4 30. Ng6+ Kg8 and Black is up a pawn.

Analysis courtesy of Stockfish 7.

Dec-04-16  catlover: <ChessHigherCat> It looks like 18. Nxh7 would also have been a good move.

<al wazir> Good point. It looks like black had a good resource in case of 24....gxf5 25. Rg6.

However (not wanting to presume to improve over comments by the great Alekhine) but it looks like white has a better response to 24...gxf5 in 25. Nh5. If the black queen moves off of the h8-d4 diagonal, the knight on d4 falls. But if 25... Qh8 26. Rg7+ costs black the queen.

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  al wazir: <Historia: This game played in a Nazi occupied Warsaw?> Why not? Chessplayers didn't stop playing chess just because there was a war.

In fact, in that same year there was a major tournament inside Nazi Germany itself, in Munich. Alekhine, Keres, and some other future GMs (the term didn't yet exist officially) played, as did Bogoliubov, e.g.:

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942

Alekhine vs Keres, 1942

Alekhine was notorious for his Nazi sympathies, as was Bogo. I don't know about Keres or the other non-Germans who played.

Dec-04-16  catlover: I see in <perfidious>'s post above that for a year Bogo was denied his GM title, presumably for his Nazi sympathies.

He was Ukrainian, right? I'm surprised that he would have been pro-Nazi.

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  perfidious: <catlover>, while I do not know whether Bogo had favourable views towards the Nazis, he was interned during World War I by the Germans, married a German woman and remained in that country the rest of his life, except for a period during which he won consecutive Soviet titles (1924-25) which ended in 1926, soon after winning the star-studded Moscow event held at the end of 1925, with the only top player absent being Alekhine.

As with Alekhine before him, and Korchnoi from summer 1976 onwards, Bogolyubov was viewed as a 'non-person' in the Soviet chess literature, his name being expunged from coverage altogether from 1926 to at least the end of the Stalinist epoch.

Dec-04-16  Marmot PFL: Another interesting line is 15...ef3 16 Nxh7 fg2 17 Re1 with complications.

<He was Ukrainian, right? I'm surprised that he would have been pro-Nazi.>

Probably more Anti-Soviet than pro-nazi, as Stalin had used starvation, deportation and execution to crush the Ukrainian independence movement.

Dec-04-16  catlover: Thanks, <perfidious> and <Marmot PFL>, for the background on Bogoljubov. I now have a better understanding of his situation during WWII.
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  maxi: Alekhine's "strong energetic initiative" is a good description of White's play in this game.
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  kevin86: not a bad one after all.

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