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Efim Bogoljubov vs Lothar Schmid
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Scotch Game: Schmid Gambit (C44)  ·  0-1



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Aug-13-10  Gouvaneur: <kevin86>

Believe it or not, this game has been a serious one. Why would Bogoljubov just throw away a game like this? Lothar Schmid said in an interview in (German chessbase site) that he is very proud of this game.

Aug-13-10  chopin4525: Was Blackburn the Black Death or the Dead White? xD
Aug-13-10  JimmyRockHound: When I first played through this game I thought to myself: "These guys can not be serious!" Crazy wonderful stuff!
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  chrisowen: <chopin4525> Spirited in effluence or posthumously sweetpea? Spread a shilling for what's it wurth BD.
Aug-13-10  MrMelad: This is a great game!
Aug-13-10  clma55: Why white didnt play 16. Bxf5 ??
He´s giving a bishop for near nothing
Aug-13-10  eightsquare: Very nice name. White was completely outplayed.
Apr-01-11  hedgeh0g: No matter how many times I see this game, I can't help cracking up.
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  Richard Taylor: Wha- wha- wha- was that?!!! Wha- happened?! Was that a chess game?
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  Richard Taylor: Well calculated by Schmid!
Feb-13-12  LawrenceBernstein: Where's my saddle?
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  perfidious: In the early 1990s, I recall a game in Chess Life with 5....Nxe4 where Black came horribly to grief, but nothing of the analysis at the moment.

Back in 1980, I picked up a copy of Tartakower and Dumont's 100 Modern Master Games and played through this knightmare in total astonishment, in which Bogo's wayward knight at h8 winds up horsie de combat. Heaven forfend!

If my opponent in A Shaw vs P MacIntyre, 1996 had tried 5....Nxe4, I would likely have fallen off my chair, then run into the wilderness of the campsite where the event was held, never to be seen again.

Apr-03-13  RAlehin: Now THAT's chess!
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  piltdown man: Vale, Lothar.
May-20-13  Calli: Des-per-ado, why don't you
come to your senses?
Jun-27-13  jerseybob: This opening has a very 19th-Century feel to it and I'm surprised Bogo hadn't encountered it before. A sneaky point I originally missed was if 17.Bf5,Nf5 18.Ng5?,Be3ch!, but if 18.Nh8 Ne7! also snares the knight.
Nov-29-13  Eduardo Bermudez: About 60% of all moves for both side were by knights !!
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  FSR: I tried to submit <O Wholly Knight> as a pun, but's software rejected it because the game has already been GOTD.
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  jemptymethod: At a quick glance (depth 32 so far), Komodo 9.3 running on 6 cores and over 25GB of RAM thinks 8...Nf2 is a rather egregious mistake (eval of around -0.9 instead of 0 if Black just plays 8...Kxf7) due to 9.Nxh1 Nxh8 10.Be3!
Mar-05-16  morfishine: Wow, this game really threw me
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  tpstar: <What a flurry of desperados betwen moves 6-9!>

<This game is also entertainingly annotated in "The Chess Player's Bedside Book" by Ray Keene. The two Knights are certainly notable for "conspicuous consumption". Victims are: White KN, QRBBNPP, Black KN, QRRNPPP. Each accounts single-handedly for 25 on the "points" scale of the whole 39 available!>

<doesn't White stand better after the simple 6. Nxe4 Qe7 7. f3 d5 8. Bd3, followed by O-O? It certainly looks simpler..> <According to Schmid, yes, you are right. White is a little better. But he said Bogo was only playing for a draw and that is why he took the knight.>

<About 60% of all moves for both side were by knights!!>

Cool game.

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  FSR: As the comp notes, Schmid's 8...Nxf2?! was weak. After 9.Nxh8 Nxh1, Bogo should have played 10.Be3! and Black is in trouble (+2.01 Stockfish 12). Sethuraman in his chessable course gives 8...Kxf7! 9.Bc4+ Kf6 10.Kxd1 c6 11.Be3 d5 12.Bd3 Bd6 13.Kd2 c5, intending 14...Bf5, with equality.
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  GrahamClayton: Reminds me of G Koshnitsky vs Hewitt, 1945, when a knight from each side goes on a wild tour of the board.
Dec-01-20  goodevans: One obvious question, as asked by <clma55> ten years ago, is why white just gave up a piece on move 17. The very first post on this game shows how he could have got away with just the loss of a pawn (N.B. <Hidden Skillz> is one move out in his analysis) ...

<Jun-28-05 Hidden Skillz: interesting exchanges but bogo is the first to mess up.. 15..Bf5 is really a nice move if 16.Bxf5 Nxf5 and then white knight is trapped 17.Ng5 runs into Be3+ and picks up the knight.. however the knight can escape on h8 and escape being captured but loses a pawn in return..>

...but although the white N is indeed trapped after <18.Bxf5 Nxf5> white can ensure that black gets no more than a pawn for it. <18.Rf1!> would provide X-ray protection for the N and after <18...g6 19.Be1> white will advance the g-pawn to win back the piece.

So black had not one but two ways to avoid losing a piece.

Dec-01-20  goodevans: ...but although the white N is indeed trapped after <<17>.Bxf5 Nxf5> ...

I likewise having trouble with integers!

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