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.