(4) Reti,Richard - Bogoljubow,Efim [E01]
New York New York (12), 02.04.1924
[Llewellyn, Alan]

This game was played in the same tournament as the other Reti game included in this history page of the Barrow Website, namely in the New York Tournament of 1924 in which as White Reti was nearly unbeatable with his 1.Nf3 opening, here instead of a World Champion he defeated in the mentioned previous game (ie Capablanca), he defeated a World Championship contender, the German called Efim Bogoljubow in fantastic style.

The Reti Opening, Note-it can transpose into many different Openings. It is best to handle this opening with aggression as it lacks somewhat in aggression itself but because it is so solid it is easier said than done by Black and here in this game it is shown how, by gain of a superior strategic position, tactics can flow for White. Reti was posibly this openings greatest practitioner hence the opening is named after him, and he helped to populise it.

1...d5 2.c4 e6
[2...dxc4 This gains a pawn at some cost in position and time(ie the Black center is disrupted and after the pawn is won back White will have 2 pawns in the middle two files against the lone e7 one by Black which will give White a short and particularly middle term advantage in the game), and the pawn can be won back immediately anyway with 3.Qa4+ Nc6 4.Qxc4.; 2...d4 this is best answered by 3.b4 which undermines a posible defence of the d-pawn as Black wants to follow up with 3...c5 to defend the errant pawn on d4 and gain space, ideally Black wants to play 4...Nc6 and 5...e5 to get a great center and moves such as b4, Bb2, and e3 hamper this simple plan.]

3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Bd6 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 Re8 7.Bb2 Nbd7 8.d4 c6 9.Nbd2 Ne4?!
A dubous Knight excursion, the position looks more like a Semi-Slav Opening one now.

10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.Ne5 f5 12.f3 exf3
[12...Nxe5! ]

13.Bxf3 Qc7 14.Nxd7 Bxd7 15.e4 e5?+/-
[15...Be7+/= ]

16.c5 Bf8 17.Qc2?+/= exd4?+/-
[17...f4+/= 18.dxe5?! fxg3 19.hxg3 Rxe5!! 20.Bxe5 Qxe5 21.Kg2 Bxc5= The two Bishops are strong enough to posibly hold this position though its anyones guess how the game would hve turned out.]

18.exf5! Rad8
[18...Re5 This is slightly a better movethan the one played though all moves are losing.]

Wonderfull forsight.

19...Re5 20.Bxd4 Rxf5 21.Rxf5 Bxf5 22.Qxf5 Rxd4 23.Rf1 Rd8 24.Bf7+!! Kh8 25.Be8!!
If 25...Rxe8 then 26.Qxf8+ Rxf8 27.Rxf8+mate. If 25...Be7 then 26.Qf8+ Bxf8 27.Rxf8 is also mate, and another attempt at a defence , 25.. .Qe7 fails to 26.Qxf8+ Qxf8 27.Rxf8+mate and finally 25...Kg8 fails to the simple 26.Qxf8+mate. The White Bishop hampers Blacks defences to such an extenct mate is innevitable. 1-0