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Efim Bogoljubov vs Mario Monticelli
"The Full Monti" (game of the day Jun-22-2009)
San Remo (1930), San Remo ITA, rd 5, Jan-21
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  0-1



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Jun-22-09  kevin86: A nice surprise mate by the knight. Black's attack was sucessful,while white was neither good on attack nor defense.
Jun-22-09  Phony Benoni: Not a surprising result. After all, it was played before Bogoljubov was awarded the Grandmaster title. At the time he was only an Efim.
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  FSR: FIDE awarded Bogolyubov the title of International Grandmaster in 1951, a year after its initial list. Apparently the year delay was a sort of punishment of Bogo for his support of the Nazis. (I recently saw a letter he wrote with "Heil Hitler!" at the end.)
Jun-22-09  WhiteRook48: surprise!!
Jun-22-09  zanza: Proud to be Italian: this is a great game by one of our few GM. Great Monticelli :-)
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  Honza Cervenka: It is quite interesting that Bogo took part in so many games that won brilliancy prizes. He won quite a lot them for himself but quite often he was also on receiving end like in this case. It is definitely connected with his uncompromising and quite optimistic style of play.
Jun-22-09  DLev: Phony Benoni makes a better pun than the game title.
Jun-22-09  TheBish: <DLev>, "Phony Benoni" wouldn't make sense here, sense the opening was a Nimzo. I think "The Full Monti" was perfect here, since the game was played out in full (till mate). Great combo, fitting of any best game prize. (I just noticed Phony Benoni and his comment - "only an Efim" - mad props for that!)
Jun-22-09  LimSJ: i liked Signor Monticello's 35...Ne5!!!
helixv: you just gave me an idea to add that diagram puzzle position for my teenage cousin who is just starting to rekindle his interest in chess.
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  tpstar: Some things in life are bad (1. d4 Nf6), they can really make you mad (2. c4 e6)/Other things just make you swear and curse (3. Nc3 Bb4)/When you're chewing on life's gristle (4. Nf3 b6), don't grumble (5. Bg5 Bxc3+), give a whistle (6. bxc3 Bb7)/And this'll help things turn out for the best (7. e3 d6)/And (8. Bd3 Nbd7) always look on the bright side of life (9. 0-0 Qe7)/Always look on the light side of life (10. Nd2 h6)/If life seems jolly rotten (11. Bh4 g5), there's something you've forgotten (12. Bg3 0-0-0)/And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing [last book move]/When you're feeling in the dumps (13. a4 a5), don't be silly chumps (14. Rb1 Rdg8)/Just purse your lips and whistle (15. f3 h5), that's the thing (16. e4 h4)/And (17. Be1 e5) always look on the bright side of life (18. h3 Nh5)/Always look on the light side of life (19. c5 dxc5)/For life is quite absurd (20. d5 Nf4), and death's the final word [20 ... f5 21. Bc4 ]/You must always face the curtain with a bow (21. Nc4 Rh6)/Forget about your sin [21 ... f5!? 22. Ne3 fxe4 23. Bxe4 c4 =], give the audience a grin (22. Rf2 f5)/Enjoy it (23. d6 Rxd6), it's your last chance anyhow [23. Ne3!? fxe4 24. Nf5 ]/So always look on the bright side of death [23 ... Qf7!? 24. exf5 g4 25. fxg4 Qd5 ]/Just before you draw your terminal breath (24. Nxd6+ Qxd6)/Life's a piece of it (;>D), when you look at it (25. Bc4 Rf8)/Life's a laugh and death's a joke (26. exf5 Rxf5), it's true [26 ... Qxd1 27. Rxd1 Bc6 28. Ba6+ Kd8 ]/You'll see it's all a show (27. Rd2 Qe7), keep 'em laughing as you go (28. Qb3 Rf8)/Just remember that the last laugh is on you (29. Bd3? e4)/And always look on the bright side of life [29. Rbd1 Nf6 30. Bf2 ]/Always look on the right side of life (30. Bxe4 Bxe4)/Come on guys (31. fxe4 Qxe4), cheer up! (32. Qc2 Qc6)/Always look on the bright side of life (33. c4 g4)/Always look on the bright side of life (34. Bxh4 gxh3)/Worse things happen at sea (35. g3?? Ne5), you know [35. Bg5 ]/Always look on the bright side of life (36. Rb3)/I mean [36. gxf4 Nf3+ 37. Kf2 Nxd2 38. Qxd2 Qg2+ 39. Ke3 Re8+ ], what have you got to lose? (36 ... Ne2+!!)/You know (37. Rxe2 Rf1+!!), you came from nothing [the crowning sacrifice], you're going back to nothing (38. Kxf1 Qh1+)/What have you lost? (39. Kf2 Ng4#) Nothing! (0-1) - Monty Python's Flying Circus + Fritz 7, "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life"

Very nice NID play where Black went for the attack with 10 ... h6 & 11 ... g5 & 12 ... 0-0-0, with Black's King safe all game. White had better options along the way but this was quite the grand finale.

Looks like everybody got the pun today. I figured a reference to nude men would score well with so many homo sapiens on this site.

<Ef-im> No static at all ...

Jun-23-09  AnalyzeThis: Fischer wrote in My 60 Memorable Games that Petrosian used to automatically give the retreat 11. Bh4 a ? evaluation in positions like this.
Jun-23-09  Nietzowitsch: <AnalyzeThis> Can you put a finer point on it?
Jan-25-11  newzild: A beautiful mate by the player of the day. Thanks,
Jan-25-11  sevenseaman: This is ridiculously beautiful, a chess smasher, if ever there was one!
Jan-25-11  sevenseaman: When a posse of White pawns lined up from b2 to e5 on the a1-h8 diagonal like troops in a single file, I said what a waste of the Black LS B on g7!

Then they started clearing off, one after another, leaving the diagonal which was now beginning to look like an expressway.

Monticelli found the gumption to exchange lose a rook, exchange LS Bs, sac a N and another R to set up the Q like a rocket on a launch pad, on the now cleared diagonal to bring home a thumping win.

Jan-25-11  laskereshevsky: As i wrote, when Tarrasch didnt understand very much the King Indian neither as White or Black:.... Tarrasch vs Euwe, 1923

Instead Monticelli, handled the Indian's schemes in a properly way with both colours:.... M Monticelli vs Reti, 1926

Nov-08-11  iking: <GrandPatzerSCL: It was nice of Efim Bogoljubov to play all the way to checkmate. Do we not rarely see such amazing games played out until the fitful conclusion??>

Wesley So vs Nils Grandelius --> 0-1

W So vs N Grandelius, 2011

<AN amazing games played out until the fitful conclusion>

Mar-28-12  YouRang: A good daily puzzle candidate: 36...? - Fridayish? (brilliant mate in 4)
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  LIFE Master AJ: Soltis gives Black like 11 exclaims, no real bad moves from White, either. (An amazing finish, as well.)
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  LIFE Master AJ: White gets two exclaims ...
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  LIFE Master AJ: Other than A Shashin vs Korchnoi, 1973, this is one of the few ... "BIG-NAME GM vs. BIG-NAME GM" games in the Soltis book.
Mar-13-16  TheFocus: A brilliancy prize, donated by I.S. Turnover of Washington, D.C., was divided between Monticelli and Ahues for the games both won from Bogoljubow - <American Chess Bulletin>, February 1930, pg. 23
May-07-16  celsochini: Sensacional ! Excepcional Game jogado por um Italiano! Estou orgulhoso de minha origem étnica !
Jun-02-19  Mramire1: Conocí esta partida en < >
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  GrahamClayton: The point of 36...Ne2+ can be seen after 39...Ng4# - the rook on e2 blocks an escape square for Bogoljubov's King.
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