(15) Bogoljubow,Efim - Alekhine,Alexander [A84]
Hastings Six Masters Hastings, 1922
[Llewellyn, Alan]

These two ex-Russian emigres(Efim to Germany and Alexander to France) battled it out for the World Championship in 1934 and it was as one sided as it was here. Alexander wins by getting, and threatening to get, three Queens. He doesnt keep any of them but its enough to win. The opening is unusual as well 1 d4 with the reply 1...f5 is called the Dutch Opening, it is rare at the top level, though it has an ok reputation and is relatively common at club level.

1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Nxd2 Nc6 7.Ngf3 0-0 8.0-0 d6 9.Qb3 Kh8 10.Qc3?! e5 11.e3 a5 12.b3
[12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.Qxe5?? Qxd2-+ ]

12...Qe8 13.a3 Qh5 14.h4
[14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 dxe5 16.Qxe5?? Ng4-+ ]

14...Ng4 15.Ng5 Bd7 16.f3?-/+
this weakens the King position too much especially the g pawn on g3.

16...Nf6 17.f4 e4 18.Rfd1 h6 19.Nh3?!
[19.d5-/+ ]

19...d5 20.Nf1 Ne7 21.a4 Nc6 22.Rd2 Nb4 23.Bh1 Qe8 24.Rg2 dxc4 25.bxc4
[25.Qxc4?! Nfd5 26.Rd2 Rf6! 27.Qc1 Rc6-+ ]

25...Bxa4 26.Nf2 Bd7 27.Nd2 b5 28.Nd1 Nd3 29.Rxa5?
[29.cxb5 Bxb5 30.Qxc7 Nd5 31.Qc2 Qd7 32.Qa2 Rfc8-+ ]

29...b4!! 30.Rxa8 bxc3!!
if in doubt sac the Queen seems to have been Alexanders moto.

31.Rxe8 c2
notice this trick carefully because quite remarkably Alexander plays it twice in one game. He is threatening to get a Queen by either moving forward or taking the Knight on d1!!!

32.Rxf8+ Kh7 33.Nf2 c1Q+ 34.Nf1 Ne1 35.Rh2 Qxc4 36.Rb8 Bb5 37.Rxb5
forced to avoid mate on f1 by the Queen.

37...Qxb5 38.g4 Nf3+ 39.Bxf3 exf3 40.gxf5 Qe2 41.d5 Kg8 42.h5 Kh7 43.e4 Nxe4 44.Nxe4 Qxe4 45.d6 cxd6 46.f6 gxf6 47.Rd2 Qe2!!
As if this game hasnt had enough brilliant moves.

[48.Rxd6?? Qg2# ]

48...fxe2 49.Kf2!? exf1Q+ 50.Kxf1 Kg7 51.Kf2 Kf7 52.Ke3 Ke6 53.Ke4 d5+
this may seem like an even position with just Kings and pawns on the board but an extra pawn to a grandmaster in such positions is like an extra Queen to a beginner, a very easy win indeed, so Efim resigned here. 0-1