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The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - GAMES - By Leonard Bar­den

David Janowski v Ew­fim Bo­golyubov, Mannheim 1914. When grand­mas­ters blun­der, you can some­times point to an off­board dis­trac­tion, and I guess this was so on the present oc­ca­sion when Bo­gol (Black, to move) went 1...Bc8? It looks nor­mal, but by elite GM stan­dards it is quite hor­rific. The Mannheim tour­na­ment be­gan in late Au­gust 1914, just as Europe was slid­ing to­wards war. The event was halted sev­eral rounds from the fin­ish, and the Rus­sian play­ers, in­clud­ing Bo­gol, were in­terned for the du­ra­tion. He was not to know then that his im­pris­on­ment would be­come a bril­liant stim­u­lus both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally. The in­ternees had four years to hone their game with­out in­ter­rup­tions, and af­ter the war Bo­gol set­tled in Ger­many, twice chal­lenged Alexan­der Alekhine for the world ti­tle, and mar­ried a girl he met in his new home, Triberg. Though it doesn’t com­pletely ex­cuse his Bc8. How did Janowski force a win af­ter the bishop re­treat?

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