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Efim Bogoljubov vs Alexander Alekhine
Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929), Wiesbaden GER, rd 4, Sep-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Spielmann Variation (E22)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 25.Qd8! ruins all hopes of black. Exchange of Queens is hopeless for him.
Apr-22-05  Hinchliffe: I must say I was absolutely amazed by the size of Bogo's victory. I have seldom seen Alekhine so heavily out gunned.I can only imagine that he thought that his Kingside attack would have the power to break through. Didn't - and as Honza points out 25.Qd8 is very strong. Nice game even though Alekhine is on the retreat for the most part. Honza, as per normal, fingers the culprit with his excellent accuracy.Honza any chance of a few lessons?
Apr-23-05  Calli: "the culprit" is Alekhine's 20...Rg6? or 23...e4? both of which lose pawns.
Mar-04-08  Knight13: <Nice game even though Alekhine is on the retreat for the most part.> Not really. He was on the offensive, but Black kept cutting him off and making Alekhine's position disintegrate.

I'm impressed at how Bogo played here, but I'm more impressed that Alekehine didn't simply gave up and instead fought on like a mad dog until the very last second.

Feb-28-09  The Rocket: I am a great admirer of Alekhine but this is one of his worst games. As pointed out 20 rg6 is overambitious, and outwardly bad! simply just loses a pawn and Alekhine doesnt have anything in return.. Bogoljubows doesnt have any kingside weaknesses and theres no way for Alekhine to provoke it either.
Feb-28-09  Iron Chess: That was a very well played game by Bogoljubov.
Apr-06-09  WhiteRook48: 37...Ba6 is probably better, but Alekhine is still lost
Apr-18-09  urigata: Vey nice game by Alekhine...whew..
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  stoy: Perhaps A.A.A. drank too much before this game. Just look at some other of his crushing defeats in his two matches with Bogo.
Apr-18-09  chillowack: This definitely looks like one of Alekhine's "drunk" games: what a disaster! And just a couple years after he defeated Capablanca in the WC.
Aug-10-09  JohnBoy: I totally disagree with the "drunken" comments above. Black is in trouble by move 15, and comes up with a clever plan to activate the queenside - ...Ra6-g6. This entails a pawn sac, and fails in spectacular fashion. What other plan can be proposed at move 15 for black?
Jul-20-10  aragorn69: Alekhine's contemporary take on this ugly loss:

<New York Times, 15 September 1929, page 5 of the sports section:

‘WIESBADEN, Sept. 14 – After the second and third games of my match with E.D. Bogoljubow had terminated in draws after lively encounters, the fourth game again brought a decision and that in favor of the challenger for my title, who thereby evened the score.

In this game, as in the second of the series, I used the modern Nimzowitsch variation of defense, but adopted on the sixth [sic] move a different development for my queen’s knight, which logically brought an exchange of king’s bishops [sic], leaving my opponent the advantage of his two bishops.

For a time it appeared that the player of the white pieces could not make permanent use of this advantage as he was engaged in mobilizing his king’s wing and at the same time meeting the black’s [sic] attempt to breakthrough in the middle of the board. Bogoljubow, however, played in top form and with accurate work he succeeded, on his 16th move, in establishing a position which permitted him to castle with safety on the king’s side by exchanging his queen’s bishop for my knight and subsequently, through advancing his pawn to king’s five, to maintain constant pressure on the queen’s file.

He selected, however, a more active continuation on his 17th move, which threatened to expose him to danger on his king’s wing. This menace became still more acute when he accepted my sacrifice of a pawn on the 21st move, and it is doubtful whether he could have withstood my attack if, for instance, on my 22nd move I had played knight to queen’s knight three. Instead, I committed a fundamental oversight in this promising position which cost me two pawns, Bogoljubow attending to the rest of the game in keeping with the accepted procedure.

The challenger was squarely entitled to win this game. My chief error consisted in adopting a less favorable opening variation and one which I rarely play. The result was a protracted study of position in the opening stages at a cost of time, followed by a grave error in a perfectly tenable position.

The second, third and fourth games of the match, as a matter of fact, demonstrated that Bogoljubow’s strength as compared, for instance, to that of José R. Capablanca, is to be found in the manner in which he builds up his game, whereas in judging the endgame prospects, he is decidedly not the equal of the Cuban master.

I, therefore, in the future shall have to be on my guard against the sharply pointed opening theoretical weapon of my opponent.’>


Jul-20-10  aragorn69: In other words, AA firmly believed (at that point at least) that his sack was sound and that, instead of 22.-Qg5?, he should have played 22.-Nb6!

What do other sources say?

Sep-11-11  Everett: 22..Nb6 puts the N on a square going nowhere, though he does prevent Qd8 and open the diagonal for his LSB. After 23.Nc3 I don't see any easy activity for Black.
Jan-04-18  circleVIII: Just an opening disaster for Alekhine. He put up a tremendous fight for the ludicrous position he had acquired, however.
Jan-04-18  WorstPlayerEver: I chose for 8... d6, Stockfish for 8... 0-0
Jan-05-18  circleVIII: I would have loved 8... d5 if the bloody knight wasn't on c5 but I agree with you <WorstPlayerEver> that d6 is a fine move. 8... a5?? is really a head scratcher.

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