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1934 World Championship Match

1934 World Chess Championship
Alexander Alekhine (France) vs. Efim Bogoljubow (Germany)
Various Cities in Germany
April 1 - June 14, 1934

Conditions:  Best of 30 Games AND 6 wins.  
Alekhine retains title in the event of a 15-15 tie.



Germany,_1934 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Score
Alekhine ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 15½
Bogolubov ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 10½
Result:  Alexander Alekhine retains the World Championship.

See the Games of the Match!

  • In the years since the 1929 World Championship Match a new generation of strong players had just begun to arrive on the scene, including Sammy Reshevsky and Reuben Fine of the US, Paul Keres of Estonia, Mikhail Botvinnik of the USSR, and Salo Flohr of Czechoslovakia, as well as Jose Capablanca, who was still tring unsuccessfully to arrange a return match for the title. Under the circumstances, the chess world reacted with something less than jubiliation when it was announced that Alekhine's next title defense would be against Efim Bogolubov again. The match was regarded as little more than a giant exhibition by all, including Alekhine himself, who said such things as this in My Best Games of Chess, 1924-1937, in his notes to the 4th game:

    As White was not threatening anything there was no reason to delay matters. 29... N-N5! would have won at least a Pawn by a still dominating position.

    This game - more than any other - provse how useless from the sporting point of view was the arrangement of this second match, and at the same time explains my indifferent play on a number of occasions. I felt sure that Bogolubov was no longer able to take advantage of the opportunities my play might present to him, and - very unfortunately for the general artistic value of the present match - the score 7 to 1 after the twenty-second game fully justified my sanguine outlook.

  • At the risk of editorializing, rather than complain about the weakness of the opposition, wouldn't it have made more sense to, you know, find a stronger opponent?

  • This match featured the best result ever for the Black pieces in a World Championship Match, Black winning 9 times to White's 4 times. The only other championship match where Black won more than White was the 1951 Botvinnik-Bronstein Match.

  • This was also the only World Championship Match held in Nazi Germany.

  • Match Breakdown
     #    White - Black          Locale         Date        ECO  Result
     1    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Baden-Baden    04-01-1934  D40  ½-½
     2    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Baden-Baden    04-04-1934  D48  1-0
     3    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Baden-Baden    04-06-1934  D22  ½-½
     4    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Villingen      04-11-1934  D31  1-0
     5    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Villingen      04-13-1934  D26  ½-½
     6    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Freiburg       04-18-1934  D30  ½-½
     7    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Freiburg       04-20-1934  D28  ½-½
     8    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Freiburg       04-22-1934  E24  ½-½
     9    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Pforzheim      04-25-1934  A44  0-1
    10    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Pforzheim      04-27-1934  D52  0-1
    11    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Stuttgart      04-29-1934  A92  0-1
    12    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Stuttgart      05-02-1934  D49  ½-½
    13    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Munich         05-06-1934  A47  ½-½
    14    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Munich         05-08-1934  D60  ½-½
    15    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Munich         05-11-1934  D21  ½-½
    16    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Bayreuth       05-13-1934  C77  1-0
    17    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Bad Kissingen  05-20-1934  D24  0-1
    18    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Bad Kissingen  05-21-1934  D05  ½-½
    19    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Nuremburg      05-26-1934  D27  ½-½
    20    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Nuremburg      05-27-1934  D52  ½-½
    21    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Karlsruhe      05-30-1934  D30  0-1
    22    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Mannheim       06-01-1934  E35  ½-½
    23    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Mannheim       06-03-1934  D23  1-0
    24    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Mannheim       06-06-1934  D30  0-1
    25    Bogoljubow - Alekhine  Berlin         06-11-1934  D11  0-1
    26    Alekhine - Bogoljubow  Berlin         06-14-1934  E67  ½-½
    


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