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Julio Bolbochan vs Svetozar Gligoric
"Bolbo Fete" (game of the day Mar-13-2014)
Mar del Plata (1950), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 17, Apr-01
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  1-0



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  Richard Taylor: Good endgame by Bolbochan
Oct-09-10  Eduardo Bermudez: I like this ending !! GM Julio Bolbochan at his best !!
Mar-13-14  paavoh: I was wondering if 13.- Nc6 was a slight mistake. Instead, O-O followed by Rd8 to push potentially weak d4 pawn and exchange it, perhaps? Just my first impression w/o engines.
Mar-13-14  Eduardo Bermudez: Bolbo 2 Gligo 0 !!
Mar-13-14  waustad: I was hoping someone might explain Bolbo Fete, but the hasn't been any comment yet.
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  perfidious: <waustad> Would if I could.

Maybe someone can explain to me why Gligoric played a variation which even then was known to offer little (6....Qe7+).

Mar-13-14  number 23 NBer: <waustad> This is just a stab at it, but perhaps Bolbo Fete as in a party for Bolbo, as well as sounding a bit like Boba Fett from Star Wars.
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  Phony Benoni: I didn't get the pun either when I saw it in the Voting Booth, and thought of subbmitting a different one myself, something like <Bolbo Baggin'>.

Because I did want to see the game go through. Very impressive. If I had the patience and skill to play like thins, I probably would have spent more time at the board during tournaments and less time playing blitz between rounds.

Mar-13-14  Murky: Now, about the gameā€¦ Black's d4 pawn turned out to be quite weak in the ending. The White king had a lovely square to attack it on d3. And white queen's bishop looked born to attack this pawn. 34. Nxd4 decided the game, and was made possible by the mobility of white's pawns on both the queenside and kingside. Didn't help that Gligoric traded down to knight verses bishop. Gligo's king and knight were soon zugzwanged, forced to abandon defense of the k'side pawns. Beautifully played by Bolbochan. But where are Gligoric's mistakes? Was it bad in principle to trade down into an endgame?
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  FSR: Weird. If one searches for games between Gligoric and Bolbochan, gives you five games, and informs you:

<Classical games: Svetozar Gligoric beat Jacobo Bolbochan 2 to 0.>

True enough, but doesn't mention that in the other three games Julio Bolbochan (Jacobo's younger brother) beat Gligoric 2.5-.5.

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  FSR: It would be nice to see this game annotated by an Endgame God. Could Black have held with 31...Ne5+ 32.Nxe5 Bxe5?
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  FSR: Not having an Endgame God at hand, I fed the game to Houdini 3. It is unimpressed by Bolbo's trick with 36.Nxd4, and says that Gligo was fine until he blundered with 50...Kd7? Instead, he could have held the draw with 50...Ne2! and now:

51. Kg5 Kb6 52.Ba3 a5 53.Kxg6 Ng3 54.Kf6 a4 55.Ke5 Kc6 56.Bb4 Kd7 57.Ba3 (57.Be1?! a3) Kc6 58.Bb4 Kd7=;

51.Kxg6 Nxf4+ 52.Kxf5 a5! 53.Bxa5 Ng2 54.Kg5 Kc5=;

51.Bd2 Kc5 52.Kxg6 a5 53.Bxa5 Nxf4+ 54.Kxf5 Ng2 55.Kg5 Kxc4 56.Kxh5 Nxh4=.

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  Check It Out: I see from <FSR>'s analysis that black could still hold a draw as late as move 50, but move 47.Bb4 seems to put black in a zugzwang, allowing the white king to penetrate and making black's job much harder.
Mar-14-14  waustad: Thanks. I'd never heard of Boba Fett. I looked at the Bilbao futbol team but that didn't work so I gave up.
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  Check It Out: I just realized how many on here had no idea who Boba Fett from *Star Wars* is. How can chess players not know this important stuff?? Plus, he's one of the coolest characters!
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  FSR: <Check It Out: I just realized how many on here had no idea who Boba Fett from *Star Wars* is.>

I'm one of them, or was until a few minutes ago.

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  Phony Benoni: I've never watched a Star Wars movie. That must be why I never made Master.
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  kevin86: The knight can stop the pawn but white would pick up a piece and win easily.
Jan-11-18  Eduardo Bermudez B.: In this ending, Bolbochan gives a master lesson to Gligoric: the farthest pawn does not always prevail.
Nov-14-19  jerseybob: <perfidious: Maybe someone can explain to me why Gligoric played a variation which even then was known to offer little (6....Qe7+).> You're right, it's a pretty joyless line. My take is that in 1950 Gligo wasn't yet the player he later became, and hadn't yet figured out his best opening repertoire.

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