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Gyula Breyer vs Efim Bogoljubov
Berlin (1920), Berlin GER, rd 5, Dec-09
Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation (B10)  ·  1-0



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Jul-29-07  sanyas: ...e5 on the 29th or 30th move would have been great for Black.
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  Pawn and Two: <sanyas: e5 on the 29th or 30th move would have been great for Black>

It seems perhaps ...e5 would be the most effective on Black's 28th or 29th move, before White gets in the move Bc2. Played on the 28th or 29th move Black will find a good spot for his Knight on d4. If 30...e5 is played, Black's advantage is somewhat less as White can play 31.Rd1 Rxd1 32.Bxd1.

After missing this chance to build on his advantage, Bogoljubov then missed the draw with 39...Qxb3??. 39...Qxc2 was good enough for the draw, as 40.Bxc6 bxc6 41.Qxa7+ is not dangerous.

I wonder what Bogoljubov was thinking on his 39th move? In B. Kagan's tournament book, C von Bardeleben annotates this game, but he makes no comment for the last 29 moves of the game.

Nov-18-09  fred lennox: 39...Qxc2 can lead to 40.Qd6+ which could lead to a trap-41...Kb6 42.a5+...Kxa5 43.Qc5+...Ka6 44.Qb5 mate. However, 41...Kc8 while leads to interesting variations, looks okay for black. It may be Bogoljubov was in time trouble. He wasn't the type to play for a draw unless it was clearly the best option. BxN leaves the white king too exposed for my likings even though the potential ....Nd4 is a danger.
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  Pawn and Two: <fred lennox> You may be right about Bogoljubov being in time trouble. This fifth round game was very important for both players. After four rounds, Breyer was leading with a score of 3.5, and Bogoljubov was second with 3 points. Understandably, Bogoljubov would be trying hard to win this game.

Bogoljubov had the edge in this game for many moves, and Fritz indicates he could have increased the pressure with 28...e5, or 28...Nd4, or also by 29...e5. However, no clear win is in sight.

Perhaps trying too hard, Bogoljubov then erred with 33...Ne7?. Instead of this move, he should have moved his King, to allow the defensive possibility 34.Nd3 Qc3!. After 33...Ne7? 34.Nd3! Qb6 35.Bf3, Breyer could have won a Pawn, and obtained winning chances.

When Bogojubov next erred with 39...Qxb3??, Breyer did not allow any additional chances.

Breyer would eventually win this nine round tournament with a score of 6.5 points, while Bogoljubov and Tartakower were next with 5.5 points.

Nov-19-09  fred lennox: <Pawn and Two> You are an informative kibitzer. Thank you for that.

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