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Efim Bogoljubov vs Max Euwe
Euwe - Bogoljubov (1941), Karlsbad CZE, rd 3, Jul-22
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bogoljubow Variation (C58)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-03  refutor: Can Black just not play 8. ...Qd5 v. Bogoljubow's line here? yes with the queens off Black's queenside looks ragged to say the least, but is it playable?
Oct-09-03  Calli: He's a pawn down and probably doesn't want to exchange queens. Normal today is 8...Rb8. See Van der Wiel vs Timman, 1981 for an example of sharp play.
Oct-10-03  refutor: no i realize that, but exchanging queens releases a lot of the pressure off black, it's only a pawn ;)
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  Honza Cervenka: Other interesting possibilities are 8...h6 (see Van der Wiel vs Spassky, 1986 or B Gikas vs Balashov, 1988 ), 8...Bb7 (see for example Geller vs Zagorovsky, 1950 ), very old 8...Qb6 (see NN vs Paulsen, 1859 ) or 8...Be7 (see Burn vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 )
Oct-10-03  Calli: <refutor> 8...Qd5 then probably 9.Ba4 and the pawns are still split. If Black continues 9...Qxf3 10.Nxf3, it would be considered a lost endgame. So its not really playable.
Oct-05-04  fasting: But Dr. Euwe's 8... cxb5 doesn't seem that bad neither, if he the next move instead of playing 9... Bc5 played 9... h6!?

The main line from 9... h6 goes:
10.Ne4, Nd5 11.Qb8, Nc6 12.Qxb5, Ndb4 13.Na3, Ba6 14.Qa4, Qd4 15.Nc3, Bc5 (the bishop was to be placed there, but six moves later!)

Apr-22-07  gambitfan: GTM 14
Feb-03-08  2021: 8.Qf3?! Is a bad move. 8... cxb5? is not the best reply. Better was:

8... Rb8! 9.Bxc6+ Nxc6 10.Qxc6+ Nd7 11. d3 Be7 12.Nf3 0-0 13.Qe4 Rb4 14.Qe2 e4! 15.dxe4 Nc5 16.Nc3 Ba6 17.Qd1 Qa5 18.Nxd2 Nxe4 and Black won in Ziherl-Krzisnik, Yugoslavia 1956 (from Edmar Mednis' book, Better Opening Play).

Apr-27-08  parmetd: does anyone have a copy of the full game of Ziherl-Krzisnik, Yugoslavia 1956 ?
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  Retireborn: In one of his files van Reek recommends 14.Qe4 for White, but (according Houdini) this loses in an interesting, Q-trappy way: 14.Qe4 Bb7 15.Qxe5 Bd6 16.Qg5 f6 17.Qf5 g6 or 17.Qg4 h5 etc

Van Reek does correctly identify 15...Nxg2 as the losing move, and his suggestion of 15...Ne2+! 16.Kh1 Nxc3 17.Ba3 Re8 18.Rbe1 Nc4 seems good enough to keep Black in the game.

May-14-21  Sebastian88: @2021 <8... cxb5? is not the best reply> - Are you sure? What do you think about this plan? 8...cxb5 9. Qxa8 Qc7 10. Qf3 Nc6 11. c3 Bg4 12. Qg3 Nd4 13. Na3 Ne2 14. Qd3 Nf4 15. Qxb5+ Bd7 16. Qc4 Qb7 17. f3 Bxa3 18. bxa3 O-O 19. O-O Bb5 20. Qb3 Qa6 21. d3 Nxd3 and the position is equal.

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