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Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov
Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934), Mannheim GER, rd 24, Jun-06
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  0-1



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Mar-14-08  Knight13: This is a too one-sided head-smacking you're-squeezed-to-death type of game.
Apr-01-10  The Rocket: I doubt Alekhine was sober during this game. Its unrecognizable play from him.

Its been said that they both drank quite aloth of alcohol during their matches:)

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  Honza Cervenka: <The Rocket: I doubt Alekhine was sober during this game. Its unrecognizable play from him.

Its been said that they both drank quite aloth of alcohol during their matches:)>

Well, in fact this is almost perfect game by Bogo. It is quite hard to say where white went wrong but his problems started after 12.bxa4. 12.Bb5 was probably better. After that white's position became a bit uncomfortable and Alekhine was not patient enough for passive defense. Bogo exploited his small inaccuracies for gradual increase of advantage and finally Alekhine collapsed under his pressure.

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  Richard Taylor: Bogojubov actually played better chess overall in this match and his problem was time trouble like Reshevsky and Korchnoi.

He missed clear wins in at least three of the games early in the match.

A careful study of many of the games shows Bogoljubov actually outplaying Alekhine who is thus shown as not such a "genius" except for one "flashy" combination where he was in that case actually already winning. Then straight after a game where B drew a won position he played a relatively poor opening, knowing that it would have psychological impact and that B would use too much time. He was also not in a good position but his "psychology" worked, so he won.

Of course anyone can blame alcohol for anything. I doubt he was drinking hardly at all.

Jun-08-14  tonsillolith: <Of course anyone can blame alcohol for anything. I doubt he was drinking hardly at all.> I don't doubt that you doubt that.

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