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Max Euwe vs Efim Bogoljubov
Bogoljubov - Euwe: First FIDE Championship (1928), Amsterdam, The Hague, and Scheveningen NED, rd 8, Apr-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Great fight!
Dec-23-10  Salaskan: Really nice game with model opening play by Bogoljubow, demonstrating how the Cambridge Springs can put pressure on and take over the centre by attacking the c3 knight and forcing the f3 knight to d2. After move 16 white is definitely not better because if he'd make use of his main asset, the extra centre pawn, by advancing to e4, his bishop is locked in (15...Rg5! is nice because it forces white to reduce his bishop's scope with f3). Remarkable how black's light-squared bishop is better than white's in a position resulting from the QGD. Then Bogo converts his slight positional advantage with 18...Nd5! temporarily losing a pawn which will be won back tactially to create a passer.

Euwe's position wasn't hopeless until 21.Ra1? which leaves the Bd3 unguarded and allows black to use this to penetrate with his rooks (21.Rd2 Rxc5 22.Nd6 (impossible in the line played due to Rd5 forking) 23.Ne4 Nxe4 24.Bxe4 b4 and black still has an edge due to his passed pawn (the queenside majority wins against the centre pawn here!) but white isn't lost yet). In the game, it's nice to see how black's early rook lift can't be punished by chasing it, but how it dominates white's knight+bishop).

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