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Efim Bogoljubov vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Hastings (1922), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Sep-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: Nc6 here is sort of an echo of Nc6 in this game, played earlier (?) that same year.

Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov, 1922

Jun-27-18  TheFocus: This game ended with 19. Nc6 1-0, not the score here as confirmed by British Chess Magazine and Watts' tournament book.
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  BAJones: Comparison of this game to another very similar game played by Alexander Alekhine and Jose Raul Capablanca just the month before, at the London, 1922 tournament, is instructive.In that game, Capablanca was safely able to complete the moves ...c5, followed by ...cxd4. He was facilitated in this task by Alekhine's somewhat weak 14. Ba6, which permitted Capa to play 16...Nc5, gaining an important tempo.

Here, Tarrasch's 13...Rd8, somewhat mechanically played, placing his Rook opposite the White Queen, delays the vital ...c5 move by one move. When ...c5 is played the following move, Bogo responds with the inspired move 15.Bb5!, increasing the pressure on Black's position. Now, 15...cxd4 leads to disaster a few moves later, by allowing the incursion of the White Rook to the seventh rank.

So, two very similar games, but with radically different results, due to a positional finesse. Given that the two games occurred closely together, was Bogo aware of the Alekhine-Capablanca encounter, as he had also competed at London, 1922?

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