GM Efim Bogoljubow

Full name
Efim Bogoljubow
Life
Apr 14, 1889 - Jun 18, 1952 (age 63)
Place of birth
Stanislavchyk, Tarashcha Uyezd, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (now Kiev Oblast, Ukraine)
Federation
Germany

Best known for his two matches against Alexander Alekhine for the world championship, Efim Bogoljubov was a very strong player who never became world champion. Winning numerous tournaments throughout his life, he eventually gained the title of Grandmaster near the end of his life. His legacy lives on through his games and opening that he created.

Efim Bogoljubov was 22 years old when he had his first chess success, tying for first place in the Kiev championships. After World War I he began to win a lot of tournaments and really began to have people notice his play. Between the two world wars, Bogoljubov won multiple tournaments each year and it wasn’t until after World War II that he began to decline. Before his decline he did play two different matches against Alexander Alekhine for the World Championship. Unfortunately, he lost both of these matches by a decent margin and never got another chance to capture the title. In the final years of his life he was awarded the title of Grandmaster. This happened in 1951 and Bogoljubov passed away on June 18, 1952.

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White Pieces
Pirc Defense (2) : B07
Gruenfeld Defense (7) : D95 D83 D80 D85 D92
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D71 D73 D78
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Trompowsky Attack (7) : A45
Caro-Kann Defense (12) : B11 B10 B13 B16
Dutch Defense (11) : A84 A80 A90 A81 A86
Italian Game (6) : C50 C58 C57
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Semi-Slav Defense (16) : D47 D45 D49 D43 D46
Tarrasch Defense (4) : D32 D34 D33
Queen's Pawn Opening (11) : D02 A40 D00
Old Indian Defense (6) : A53 A54
Bogo-Indian Defense (10) : E11
Catalan Opening (2) : E09 E01
Four Knights Game (8) : C47 C49 C48
Queen's Indian Defense (19) : E14 E19 E15 E16 E12 E18
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C50 C53
Queen's Gambit Accepted (15) : D27 D26 D21 D28 D22 D24 D23
Colle System (3) : D04 D05
Reti Opening (7) : A09 A04 A06
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A44
Budapest Defense (4) : A51 A52
Alekhine Defense (4) : B04 B02
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
Vienna Game (1) : C25
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C33
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Modern Defense (1) : B06
Black Pieces
Caro-Kann Defense (6) : B10 B18
Scandinavian Defense (4) : B01
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
Catalan Opening (5) : E01 E07
Semi-Slav Defense (19) : D43 D45 D47 D49 D46
King's Indian Attack (6) : A07
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
King's Gambit Accepted (10) : C36 C34 C33
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Nimzowitsch Defense (4) : B00
Italian Game (5) : C58 C50 C59 C55
Queen's Pawn Opening (13) : D02 A40 D00 D03
Vienna Game (3) : C25 C29
Alekhine Defense (6) : B04 B03 B02
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C50 C51
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Gruenfeld Defense (6) : D84 D95 D96 D94
Four Knights Game (11) : C49 C47 C48
Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) : D20 D24 D26 D21
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Reti Opening (4) : A04 A09 A05
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
London System (1) : A48
Colle System (11) : D04 D05
Polish Opening (2) : A00
Bishop's Opening (3) : C28 C26
Torre Attack (3) : A48 A46
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D78
Bogo-Indian Defense (5) : E11
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
Bird's Opening (2) : A02
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Old Indian Defense (5) : A53 A54
Queen's Indian Defense (3) : E15 E12 E17
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32

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