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Efim Bogoljubov
Number of games in database: 1,054
Years covered: 1909 to 1952

Overall record: +491 -247 =306 (61.7%)*
   * 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) 
    C68 C77 C65 C83 C98
 Orthodox Defense (53) 
    D63 D52 D55 D56 D64
 Queen's Gambit Declined (47) 
    D37 D30 D35 D39 D06
 French Defense (42) 
    C11 C13 C12 C17 C15
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E21 E42 E37 E38 E23
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 A46 A45 E10 A50
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C68 C91 C77 C87 C64
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A46 D05 A40 D02 A45
 Orthodox Defense (46) 
    D52 D51 D63 D60 D57
 Sicilian (45) 
    B40 B83 B80 B20 B74
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E38 E36 E20 E34 E24
 Slav (32) 
    D10 D11 D17 D18 D16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs H Mueller, 1934 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs NN, 1952 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Tarrasch, 1925 1-0
   Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 1/2-1/2
   Bogoljubov vs N I Grekov, 1914 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1920 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow (1925)
   USSR Championship (1924)
   Breslau (1925)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Bled (1931)
   Oldenburg (1949)
   Gothenburg (1920)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   San Remo (1930)
   Munich (1941)
   Zurich (1934)
   London (1922)
   Berne (1932)
   New York (1924)

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 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Rubinstein vs World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   Bled 1931 international tournament by cuendillar
   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 1,054  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. Bogoljubov vs S A Langleben  1-0321912All Russian Amateur TtA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
5. Hromadka vs Bogoljubov 0-1311912All Russian Amateur TtC45 Scotch Game
6. A Vaits vs Bogoljubov  0-1281912RUS-chBD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Bogoljubov vs M Gargulak  0-1451912Vilnius HaupturnierC66 Ruy Lopez
8. Bogoljubov vs N I Grekov 1-0111914KievD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Flamberg vs Bogoljubov 0-1241914Triberg (Germany)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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. Marshall vs Bogoljubov ½-½271914MannheimD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. Bogoljubov vs Duras 0-1461914MannheimB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
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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Jun-02-16  Caissanist: Batgirl (aka gives an updated version of Bohatirchuk's wartime memories of Bogo: .
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  diagonal: <Caissanist> thanks for the link, it is always worth to dip into Batgirl's history archives, her inspirational and well researched articles on the secrets of chess are generally recommended:
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  offramp: "Biography of Bogoljubov" is quite a good tongue-twister.
Dec-16-16  zanzibar: Biographers - why does the intro say

<After World War II his chess career was discontinued until 1949.>

given all the games he played in 1947 and 1948?

(Was he detained immediately after WWII? Was he constrained to local German play? When did Germany start hosting chess tournaments after WWII?)

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  Retireborn: <z> According to CB, the first German international tournament after WWII was as early as January 1946 (Augsburg, won by Unzicker). They also had a Junge memorial in December 1946 (Regenburg, won by Bohatirchuk) but Bogo didn't play in either of these. His first international tournament post-WWII was Oldenburg 1949 (he shared first prize), but it wasn't until Southsea 1950 that he played outside of Germany.

I don't think he was detained but it seems likely that FIDE had a veto on him playing outside Germany for a few years.

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  Tabanus: Bogoljubov also has 17 games from Lüneburg 1947 in the database here. And one game from Kassel 1947.
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  Retireborn: <Tab> CB Big 2002 doesn't have either of those tournaments, I expect the games are from yellow Gillam booklets published at a later date. It looks as if Kassel was an international tournament.
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<Retireborn> I see Gillam has a book on Kessel 1947. On Lüneburg I believe there is a book by Werner Laaser.

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  Retireborn: Laaser, Harms....maybe not the strongest players, but they have great names!
Dec-17-16  zanzibar: Thanks <RB>/<Tab> for the info.

I'd like to see what, if anything, BCM had to say about his appearance in Birmingham (1951).

Dec-18-16  Paarhufer: <Aug-17-13 motiff:
Can anyone starting facilitate Bogoljubov vs T Schuster 1952 in Stuttgart?.

Bogoljubov played one match against T Schuster of two games, the last two of his life before dying from liver cancer. The game G Schuster vs Bogoljubov is known and is in the database of games, but the other not.>

Bogoljubov died from a heart attack. The two serious games with Theodor Schuster were played 26 & 27 March 1952. Schuster published the second game, see T Schuster vs Bogoljubov, 1952, and a fragment of the first one:

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1... Rxf3+ 2. Kxf3 Ne5+ 3. Ke3 Nxg6 Draw.

Dec-18-16  Paarhufer: These are Bogoljubov's tournaments after Salzburg 1943 until 1949 according to Brinckmann:

Lüneburg (1st place, 18 players)
Kassel (1st, 10)
Stuttgart (6th/7th, 12)
Hanau (3rd, 15)
Flensburg (1st, 11)
Heringen (2nd, 11)

Bad Pyrmont (1st, 36)
Oldenburg (1st/2nd, 18)

(None in 1944-46 or 1948.)

Hanau 1947 is the first one in this list with a significant number of foreign participants (baltic refugees): Endzelins, Zemgalis, Tautvaisas, Ozols, Selesniew, Dreibergs, Arlauskas, Zirnis, et al.


Brinckmann's list is not complete. Bogoljubov played also in the first three chess congresses in South-Baden:

1947: Endingen (1st, 14)
1948: Konstanz (1st, 10)
1949: Haslach (1st, 10),
and a match with Grob in Zurich (+4, =1, -1) (and team championships).

These small congresses left a mark in opening theory. In Konstanz the game Diemer v Bogoljubov begun as follows: 1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 c5 5. d5 exf3 6. Nxf3 g6 (0-1, 28).

In Haslach, Bogoljubov let his opponents decide about the opening. So he begun the game with Schuppler with 1.h4, which he lost. But he won the other games, though he played 1.e4 f6 against Erps, and 1.e4 g6 2.h4 c5 3.h5 g5 against Geis (White). With Diemer he played again the Blackmar-Diemer-Gambit, and this time the variation which bears his name, see E J Diemer vs Bogoljubov, 1949 .

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  Pawn and Two: <Paarhufer> Sergei Solovio, in "Bogoljubow The Fate of a Chess Player", lists two other tournaments Bogoljubov participating in after Salzburg 1943: 5th General Government - Krynitza - Nov.-Dec. 1943 - 2nd/3rd place with Kuppe - 1st place Lokvenc, and the 6th General Government - Radom - Feb. 1944 - 1st place.

In Wikipedia, the two above tournaments are listed as the 4th & 5th General Government tournaments. Solovio shows these tournaments as the 5th & 6th General Government tournaments, and the tournament in Radom in January 1943, won by Bogoljubov, as the 4th General Government tournament.

Dec-18-16  Paarhufer: <Pawn and Two> Many thanks!


<zanzibar: I'd like to see what, if anything, BCM had to say about his appearance in Birmingham (1951).>

Bogoljubov's first post-war appearance in England seems to be at the Second Stevenson Memorial at the second S.C.C.U. Congress at Southsea in April 1950. He finished 6th, a half point outside the prizes (1./2. Bisguier, Tartakower, 3.-5. Golombek, Penrose(!) and L.Schmid; a Swiss tournament).

The BCM wrote: <It was generally expected that Bogoljubow would be a strong contestant for first prize, but it was soon clear that he was not in best form. Though it might be said that he is not quite the man who won the great tournaments of Moscow, 1925, and Bad Kissingen, 1928, still his fine run of successes in the last few years in German tournaments has shown he retains all the powers of a great master. He himself says that he never plays well in England and attributes his poor form to the dampness of the climate. Our weather would appear to be an asset after all.>

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! ;)

Apr-14-17  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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