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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Efim Bogoljubov
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 17, May-08
Zukertort Opening: Quiet system (A04)  ·  0-1



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Aug-10-06  paladin at large: Very nice execution by Bogo - After 25.....d5 shuts off the white bishop from the kingside, 29.....Be4 gains an iron grip.
Aug-10-06  HansJochen Peters: I agree-an excellent example of BogoljubovĀ“s forceful style. Nimzovich who had a negative score against Bogoljubov once complained that Bogo played with his shoulders instead with his hands.
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  whiteshark: I wonder why Bogo didn't play 32...♗d3 for winning ♙b5?

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  Phony Benoni: <whiteshark> Probably Bogo judged that the bishop on e4 was more than a pawn better than the bishop on c6.

Just compare the pieces after 32...Qh3. Black's bishop dominates the board; White's is stalemated, and performing the merely negative function of blocking the queenside files. Black finds another way in by opening the h-file, and White is helpless to do anything about it.

Indeed, White might have considered advancing and sacrificing the b-pawn just to get his bishop back into the game.

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  whiteshark: <Phony Benoni> You are right!! Bogo wanted to attack here and he was right to do so.

My 2nd try: Now I wonder why Bogo didn't play <35...Rxb5! with 36.Bxb5 Rxc3> [diagram]

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Even after <37.Rxe4 hxg3 38 Qf1 gxh2+ 39.Rxh2 Rg3+ 40.Kh1 Qxf1+ 41.Bxf1 dxe4> white seems to be lost.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <whiteshark> has some interesting ideas here. After 35...Rxb5; 36.Bxb5,Rxc3; 37.Re3!?,Rc1+; 38.Bf1,hxg3; 39.Rxg3,Qh5 threatens 40...Bh4 and White is just barely hanging on. Maybe Bogo's line was an easier win to calculate. Once he found that one, he might not have bothered to look deeper.
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  whiteshark: Good Evening, <An Englishman>!

In your line <35...Rxb5; 36.Bxb5,Rxc3; 37.Re3!?,Rc1+; 38.Bf1,hxg3; 39.Rxg3,Qh5> there is a beautiful resource in it:

<37...Bxd4!!> (I think this is justified)

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after which all moves lose a lot of material, e.g. 38.Rxd4 Rxe3 39.Rxe4 (39.Qxe3?? Qg2#) hxg3 40.Rxe3 gxf2+

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very nice. Another line in your variation is 37...Bxd4; 38.Rxc3,Qg2X!, because the White Queen is pinned.
Mar-27-08  norcist: this game must have been very frustrating for nimzo. After move 31 he seems to have a reasonably solid position with play on the q-side...but magages to find a way to rip him open k-side.
Mar-27-08  RookFile: Apparently, Bogo forgot that he was supposed to provide another 'paint by numbers' example for Nimzo's book.
Apr-22-10  Ulhumbrus: Here are some of Lasker's remarks on the game in Lasker's book "Lasker's manual of chess".

After 27...Bh3: <The Middle-Game is played finely and strongly by both masters. Black's plan is to counter the attack which White has initiated on the Queen's side by an attack on the g pawn. To begin with, the point h3 must be secured.>

After 29 Bc3: < But here White falls off perceptibly. The Bishop bound for some time to guard d4, would better have been left alone. The logical continuation was Ra1 and a5.>

On 32...Qh3: < Now it is manifest, how heavily the loss of time Bb2-c3-a5-c3 weighs. If a Rook stood on the a file and the Q Bishop on b2 White now might have strengthened the weak spot g3 by Ra1-a3 and caused Black's attack to slow down.>

On 40...Rh3: < White resigned. Black's strategy has carried the day. From the time that the White Bishop erred off to a5 the energy of Black's attack and the logic of his play were a model.>

Feb-01-12  RookFile: Lasker shows his common sense in chess with these notes.
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  plang: Nice game by Bogoljubov. Hard to understand White's set-up - he allows his q-pawn to ne isolated after which his position is riddled with weak squares.
Apr-05-13  RookFile: It works out better for white if the queens had somehow been exchanged. Then that b pawn becomes very important. As it worked out instead, Bogo just saw fresh meat on the kingside to attack.

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