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  1. 17 Jan '14 17:16
    Which world championship match in your opinion is under-appreciated? I think it is the 1963 match. The games were not as outwardly exciting as say the K-K games, but they were tough.
  2. 17 Jan '14 17:26
    As someone who has been trying to learn how to play the Caro Kann for a while now, I've spent some time going over the games of the 1958 match between Botvinnik and Smyslov:
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=54197
  3. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    18 Jan '14 08:13
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    As someone who has been trying to learn how to play the Caro Kann for a while now, I've spent some time going over the games of the 1958 match between Botvinnik and Smyslov:
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=54197
    Good plan, the Caro-Kann was also Karpov's weapon of choice against e4 for awhile. He turned out some real gem's with it. You might try his collected games.😏
  4. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    18 Jan '14 08:57
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    As someone who has been trying to learn how to play the Caro Kann for a while now, I've spent some time going over the games of the 1958 match between Botvinnik and Smyslov:
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=54197
    Do you know Karpov's and Beliavski's book on the C-K? Played and analyzed from White & Black sides. Good reading.
  5. 18 Jan '14 16:22 / 1 edit
    Alekhine - Bogoljubov. 1934.

    Which also includes one of the most under-appreciated chess players. Efim Bogoljubov.

    Often cited as 'The Exibition Match' one year later Alekhine lost his
    title to the unfancied Euwe and everyone blamed alcoholism and poor form.
    The seeds for that 1935 defeat were sown in that 1934 match.
    Alekhine was there for the taking.
    Bogoljubov for some reason was not just up to it. Alekhine had the indian sign on him.

    The only time you hear about this match is when people are talking
    about Petrosian defending his World Title v Spassky in 1966.

    "Petrosian was the first World Champion to win a title match while
    champion since Alekhine beat Bogoljubov in 1934."

    Same people often then repeat that Alekhine won the match easily.
    Not true. Alekhine took some incredible risks and called on his ingenuity
    to get him out of trouble. (including a slight bending of the rules in Game 1).

    In the first game in a lost position Alekhine mistakenly claimed a 3 fold-rep.
    The arbiter agreed and a draw was declared. Bogoljubov did not object
    and it was soon pointed out the declaration was unsound.

    This set the scene for the match.
    Alekhine going right to the brink of defeat and Bogoljubov failing to push him over.

    Bogoljubov came so close to winning the World Title.
    He had some wonderful winning positions but blew them.
    Alekhine plays some imaginative and risky chess.

    Not a match for the puritans, the truth seekers, but good fun.
  6. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    20 Jan '14 12:34
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    [b]Alekhine - Bogoljubov. 1934.

    Which also includes one of the most under-appreciated chess players. Efim Bogoljubov.

    Often cited as 'The Exibition Match' one year later Alekhine lost his
    title to the unfancied Euwe and everyone blamed alcoholism and poor form.
    The seeds for that 1935 defeat were sown in that 1934 match.
    Alekhine was there f ...[text shortened]... e imaginative and risky chess.

    Not a match for the puritans, the truth seekers, but good fun.[/b]
    Wasn't Bogoljubov the one quoted as saying "when I am white I win because I am White. When I am black I win because I am Bogoljubov''?
  7. Subscriber sundown316
    The Mighty Messenger
    21 Jan '14 04:40
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Wasn't Bogoljubov the one quoted as saying "when I am white I win because I am White. When I am black I win because I am Bogoljubov''?
    Indeed he was. Bogo was a great player, but not world class. He lost heart, Like Anand, when things got tough.
  8. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    21 Jan '14 10:24
    My daughter and I hiked past Bogo's house:

    http://www.flashq.de/journey-12a.htm

    (scroll most of the way down the page to see photos)