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Efim Bogoljubov
Number of games in database: 1,058
Years covered: 1909 to 1952

Overall record: +495 -247 =306 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C65 C77 C68 C83 C98
 Orthodox Defense (53) 
    D63 D52 D56 D55 D64
 Queen's Gambit Declined (49) 
    D37 D30 D35 D39 D06
 French Defense (42) 
    C11 C13 C12 C17 C15
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 A46 A45 E10 A50
 Slav (34) 
    D11 D12 D18 D15 D17
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C91 C68 C77 C64 C87
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A46 D05 D02 A40 A45
 Orthodox Defense (46) 
    D52 D51 D63 D60 D57
 Sicilian (45) 
    B40 B83 B80 B20 B73
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E38 E20 E36 E24 E34
 Slav (32) 
    D10 D11 D17 D15 D13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs H Mueller, 1934 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs NN, 1952 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1920 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Tarrasch, 1925 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 1-0
   Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 1/2-1/2
   Bogoljubov vs N I Grekov, 1914 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929)
   Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Breslau (1925)
   USSR Championship (1924)
   Moscow (1925)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Bled (1931)
   Oldenburg (1949)
   Gothenburg (1920)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   Zurich (1934)
   San Remo (1930)
   London (1922)
   Berne (1932)
   New York (1924)
   Karlsbad (1929)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Veliki majstori saha 17 BOGOLJUBOV (Petrovic) by Chessdreamer
   Super Bogo 1 by Nimzophile
   Bogo's Best Games by backrank
   Forgotten Gems by Yopo
   the rivals 1 by ughaibu
   Bled 1931 international tournament by cuendillar
   Rubinstein vs World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   Bled 1931 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Bled 1931 by Benzol

   Rubinstein vs Maroczy, 1920
   Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Lasker, 1925
   Lasker vs Spielmann, 1925
   Reti vs Rubinstein, 1919
   B Verlinsky vs Lasker, 1925

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(born Apr-14-1889, died Jun-18-1952, 63 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Germany)
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Efim Dimitrievich Bogoljubov was born in Stanislavchyk, Kiev. After being interned at the outbreak of hostilities in the First World War and interned in Germany for the duration of the war, he finished first at Berlin 1919

In early 1920, Akiba Rubinstein and Bogoljubov played out a hard-fought match; only three of the twelve games were drawn. Rubinstein won by a margin of one game (6½ to 5½) - Bogoljubov - Rubinstein (1920). Later that year, he decisively defeated (3-1) Aron Nimzowitsch in a match in Stockholm - Bogoljubov - Nimzowitsch (1920)

Having played well in three strong tournaments in Sweden in 1919-1920: Stockholm (1919), Gothenburg (1920) and Stockholm again in 1920, and in two matches against reputable opponents, Bogoljubov established himself as a leading grandmaster.

This reputation was cemented by his great success at Bad Pistyan (1922). After sharing 1st with Alexander Alekhine and Geza Maroczy at Karlsbad (1923), he won both the USSR Championship (1924) and the USSR Championship (1925). He then relocated to Germany. His greatest international victory came at Moscow (1925), where he finished 1.5 points ahead of a field that included Emanuel Lasker as well as Jose Raul Capablanca, the former and current World champions. In May 1928, Bogoljubov beat Euwe in the first FIDE Championship Match, Bogoljubov - Euwe: First FIDE Championship (1928). This was not a world championship match, but instead for the title "Champion of FIDE". At Bad Kissingen (1928), he again won first prize ahead of Capablanca and in 1929 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929) and 1934 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934) he played two World Championship matches with Alekhine, losing both times.

In 1941, Euwe - Bogoljubov (1941), the two challengers for Alekhine's crown in the 1930's played a match at Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) with Euwe winning by 6½ to 3½.

After World War II, he only played in a few tournaments. FIDE first awarded the International Grandmaster title in 1950, but denied the title to Bogoljubov because they claimed he had been an ardent supporter of Hitler. FIDE awarded him the title the following year.

Bogoljubov was famous for his optimism at the board: "Here we recall the "bon mot", which we quoted in a report from his match with Euwe in the magazine of the NIS 8., with which we typified Bogoljubov's optimism and his rock-solid confidence: While Euwe sat thinking, Bogoljubov walked back and forth outside the playing area, taking me through a bridge game from the previous evening, a game which at the time he hardly could be called a master. In order to get him back to his match with our national champion, I interrupted his speech, asking him how his game stood. This provoked a mind-boggling response: "Ach, ja, die Partie! Der Herr doctor steht etwas besser, aber ich glaube, ich gewinne". (Ah yes, the game! The Doctor (Euwe) stands a little better, but I think I shall win"). (1)

Wikipedia article: Efim Bogoljubov

(1). "Bataviaasch Nieuwsblad" (Holland) 20th February 1932

Last updated: 2019-08-01 13:25:58

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,058  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Omeliansky vs Bogoljubov 0-1341909Championship Of KievC70 Ruy Lopez
2. Rotlewi vs Bogoljubov 1-0251910WTZGSz 10th anniversary tournamentA53 Old Indian
3. Bogoljubov vs S Rozental 1-0391911St. PetersburgD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. A Vaits vs Bogoljubov  0-1281912RUS-chBD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Bogoljubov vs S A Langleben  1-0321912All Russian Amateur TtA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
6. Hromadka vs Bogoljubov 0-1311912All Russian Amateur TtC45 Scotch Game
7. Bogoljubov vs M Gargulak  0-1451912Vilnius HaupturnierC66 Ruy Lopez
8. Flamberg vs Bogoljubov 0-1241914Triberg (Germany)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Bogoljubov vs N I Grekov 1-0111914KievD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Flamberg vs Bogoljubov  1-0201914All-Russian ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Bogoljubov vs Taubenhaus 1-0481914All-Russian ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
12. Salwe vs Bogoljubov 0-1401914All-Russian ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
13. Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch 0-1291914St. Petersburg All-Russian MastersC11 French
14. S Von Freymann vs Bogoljubov 1-0221914All-Russian ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
15. M Lowcki vs Bogoljubov 1-0541914All-Russian ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Bogoljubov vs Alapin ½-½521914All-Russian ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov 0-1271914All-Russian ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
18. Bogoljubov vs Duras 0-1461914MannheimB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
19. Marshall vs Bogoljubov ½-½271914MannheimD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
20. P Krueger vs Bogoljubov ½-½351914MannheimC66 Ruy Lopez
21. Bogoljubov vs A E Post 1-0321914MannheimD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Breyer vs Bogoljubov 0-1271914MannheimD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
23. Bogoljubov vs Carls 1-0201914MannheimD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov 1-0421914MannheimC26 Vienna
25. Janowski vs Bogoljubov 1-0191914MannheimD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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Dec-18-16  zanzibar: Thanks <Paarhufer> for that quotation. It's a bit humorous, especially in contrast to Bohatirchuk's portrayal (which I already quoted in the Bistro, and <caissanist> referenced above):

<After the Allied victory I did not hear about Bogoliubov for two years. Later on, I learned he ad some difficulties in clearing himself in a denazification board. Finally he was screened and allowed chess activity. I was very glad because I knew very well how far Bogoliubov had been from any political activity, especially of the side of Hitler.

Bogoliubov was very greatly offended by the refusal of FIDE (this time dominated by the Soviet delegation) to recognize him as a grandmaster and to allow him to participate in international tournaments (a decision that was only canceled in 1951).

In vain I tried to explain the obvious reasons for this decision —such injustice he could not accept. "Ask everyone in Germany- let anyone prove my adherence to the Nazi for other than formal reasons, and I will obey, but now it is clear that the only reason is the revenge of the Soviets." This refusal hurt him financially because it took away one of his sources of his earnings.

The last time I met the later Bogoliubov was at a small international tournament in Kassel in 1947. He finished first. But his health had already deteriorated. It was clear he was in need of serious treatment. But his financial situation was very bad; he had to support his family—and consequently he worked, playing, playing and playing. I imagine how he longed to be over with his play every day, every hour. But he always kept his humor and took it all very easy.>

(Thanks to batgirl for the link)

Jan-13-17  Helios727: Did the Soviets allow him emigrate or did he escape from them?
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: "Biography of Bogoljubov" is quite a good tongue-twister.>

I found that <Bogoljubov> is quite a good tongue-twister, without the other stuff! ;)

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Efim Bogoljubov. Had it not been for Alekhine, you might have been king!!
Jun-17-17  BUNA: Flohr to Gennady Sosonko about Bogoljubov (in 1983):

"Do you know when I last saw Bogoljubov? I can recall it exactly: On the 18th of march 1939 at the tournament in Riga (Kemeri). I remember this day because on the 15th of march the germans had taken Prague, Bogoljubov was glowing and telling everyone that finally order will be imposed. He adored the Führer at the time.

So we had to play three days later and you can imagine how I wanted to win. By the end of the game he was red like a lobster. When he resigned I had just one thought: This is for Prague."


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  MissScarlett: It's probably been raised before - I trust not by me - but what's the source for the above biographical photo of 'young Bogo'?
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  Retireborn: I remember seeing that photo in a book I owned - either London 1922 or Hastings 4 Masters 1922 books.
Dec-13-18  hemy: In May 1947 Bogoljubow won the "Kasseler Zeitung" international chess tournament in Kassel, Germany.

1. Jefim Bogoljubow 7.5/9
2. Paul Felix Schmidt 6/9
3-4. Wolfgang Unzicker, Paul Tröger 5/9
5-7. Lucius Endzelins, Fedor Bohatirchuk, Albert Nonnenmacher 4/9 8. Georg Heinrich 3.5/9 9-10. Walter Niephaus, Tautvaišas 3/9

More about the tournament:
Paul Tautvaisas (kibitz #21)

[Event "Kasseler Zeitung international"]
[Site "Kassel"]
[Date "1947.05.25"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Schmidt, Paul Felix"]
[Black "Bogoljubow, Jefim"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D66"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "1947.05.??"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 5, p. 4"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Nbd7 8. Rc1 c6 9. Bd3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 b5 11. Bd3 Bb7 12. O-O a6 13. a4 Re8 14. Bb1 Nb6 15. Qc2 Nxa4 16. Nxa4 bxa4 17. Ne5 Qd5 18. Bxf6 Bxf6 19. Qh7+ Kf8 20. Be4 Qd6 21. Bxc6 Bxe5 22. dxe5 Qxc6 23. Rxc6 Bxc6 24. Rc1 Rac8 25. Qh8+ Ke7 26. Qxg7 Rg8 27. Qf6+ Ke8 28. Qf3 Bd7 29. Rxc8+ Bxc8 30. Qc6+ Ke7 31. Qd6+ Ke8 32. Qc7 1-0

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  offramp: He would have been 130 today. Now THAT'S optimism.
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  HeMateMe: ...not to mention a wonderful endorsement for beer drinking!
Apr-14-19  Scuvy: Hastings 1922 was a 6-master event: Alekhine, Rubinstein, Bogolyubov, Thomas, Tarrasch and Yates. I also remember the photo in the tournament book.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Page 518 November 1978 BCM states that a 1928 issue of Tidskrift did a report on the Moscow (1925) tournament won by Bogoljubov ahead of Lasker and Capablanca.

For political reasons Bogoljubov's name was not mentioned!


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  MissScarlett: What is <Tidskrift> when its at home? Was Bogo simply referred to as <The Fat One> or some such?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

if you search the Kibitizing 'Tidskrift' is mentioned a few times by the Historians - possibly 'Tidskrift in Schach' but BCM only say Tidskrift.

My post is a follow up to a question from Perfidious.

World Championship Candidates (2020) (kibitz #1756) and the two posts below.


Apr-28-20  fabelhaft: <Page 518 November 1978 BCM states that a 1928 issue of Tidskrift did a report on the Moscow (1925) tournament won by Bogoljubov ahead of Lasker and Capablanca.

For political reasons Bogoljubov's name was not mentioned!>

I think what is referred to is a short article in German by Yakov Geraisimovich Rokhlin that is about chess in the Soviet Union after the revolution and can be found at page 153 here:

It has one paragraph on Moscow 1925, mentioning Lasker, Capablanca etc but not Bogo. It does mention Bogo in both paragraphs above it, though, as winner of the Soviet Championships 1924 and 1925.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Thanks fabelhaft,

So maybe nothing sinister. A slip by the Rokhin.

The article from BCM is linking it to Korchnoi's defection and what are historians going to do in future years. Will they ignore all the Russian Championships and other things he won.

Of course they had no idea back then that the Wall would come down and things would change.

Always felt a bit sorry for Bogoljubov. He is mainly remembered for being Alekhine's whipping boy used to duck Capablanca and of course Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 but he played some great games and if he had put away the won games a below par Alekhine gave him in the 2nd match he could have been the World Champion.

Though i suspect Alekhine would have gone up a few gears if Bogo took the lead. But the warning signs were there, Even Alekhine says the games were of a poor standard, and Euwe knocked Alekhine over the following year.

Bogoljubov the world champion. One wonders how the Soviets would have reported that one?


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  MissScarlett: Are you implying that the <BCM> was an asset of MI6?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi MissScarlett,

Not implying - stating it as a fact.

It is well known that 'Quotes and Queries' hid codes and secret messages for our agents (spies) abroad.

Q & Q No.34687 hid the message to tell James Bond where Dr. No was.

To save you looking it up it reads:

DR. No is on an island in the Crab Keys region 30 miles north of Jamaica.



Apr-28-20  Captain Hindsight: So it's once again <<BCM> Fake News>
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  perfidious: Have never been clear on events of Bogo's life in one aspect: when exactly was he PNG'd by the Soviets?

The regime would hardly have been likely to have allowed Bogoljubov to play at the great Moscow event in late 1925 if he had been in their bad books, so I am confused. My recollection is that he returned to Germany in 1926, married and sometime afterwards, became persona non grata.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Perfidious.

From Hooper and Whyld in The Oxford Companion to Chess they say he entered this Berlin (1926) won it and failed to return home.

He was branded a traitor and not rehabilitated till 25 years after his death. (about 1977 - round about the time Korchnoi defected - perhaps they were doing a 'one out, one back in' routine.)


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  perfidious: <Geoff>, even some former enemies of the state were rehabilitated not too many years after Stalin bought the farm; this is baffling.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

I think it was because they way Bogo left the USSR and stayed and played for Germany.

But if he won the title in 1934 then I'm sure the Soviet public would have heard a lot more about him.

(maybe like most of us they could not spell his name so said; 'sod it, let's erase him.')


Jun-04-20  Jeff Popp: Sorry folks, but the time for asking questions of Bogo's niece (my mother) are over. She died in March of 2017, but lost all memory of him to Alzheimers nearly a year earlier.
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  jith1207: <Jeff Popp>:
sorry to hear that, may she rest in peace.
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