Efim Bogoljubov was one of the strongest players in the world in the 1920s and 1930s. Twice he played against Alexander Alekhine for the world championship title (1929 and 1934) and won the famous 1925 Moscow tournament, ahead of J.R. Capablanca, Emanuel Lasker and many other stars. He also won the Soviet championship in 1924 and 1925, as well as a number of other international tournaments. His games featured many brilliant combinations, as well as a deep positional understanding.
MI Grigory Bogdanovich has written a two-volume treatise on the life and games of Bogoljubov, which covers over 400 games and fragments fully annotated in both volumes. His analysis of Bogoljubov's games is divided into instructive topics, making his treatise a fantastic textbook for learning a wide range of winning techniques. Based on contemporary sources with the addition of modern computer analysis, the author provides annotations from Bogoljubov himself, Alekhine, Lasker, Mikhail Botvinnik, Aron Nimzowitsch, Savielly Tartakower, Hans Kmoch and many other famous players and masters.
The biographical section will also be of immense interest to chess historians. It contains a series of original documents written by and for Bogoljubov previously unpublished in the West and, in some cases, not published at all. They were originally selected by the late Anatoly Matsukevich, who had planned to write his own biography of Bogoljubov and who had obtained these documents from Bogoljubov's personal archive. Topics covered include plans for a match against Capablanca and an earlier one against Alekhine before the latter became world champion, neither of which materialized. The book also contains several photos of Bogoljubov, both from chess and family life. With foreword by Matthew Sadler.