In 2017, Spanish news outlet ElPais.com posted a piece called "La jugada mágica de Bogolyúbov" or "The magical play of Bogoljubov." The article recalled a chess match between grandmasters Ludwig Rellstab and Efim Bogoljubov in 1940. In the video attached to the article, Leontxo García, the host of a video series on chess for El Pais, used a chessboard diagram to re-enact the match. At one point in the video, García described a particular move by Bogoljubov as "maravillosa" or "outstanding". Pretty soon, people started using the screenshot of that particular moment as a meme.

The reaction image is often posted to express a genuine or, in some cases, sarcastic response to a well-executed (or poorly executed) plan. The phrase is usually quoted as a caption in an image featuring a man gesturing towards a chessboard diagram. And some of them are as outstanding as Bogoljubov's move!

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Maryam Siddiqui
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2 months ago

XD kinda sad tho

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As for the perpetrators who inspired the original video in the first place, Bogoljubov and Rellstab faced off 14 times playing classical chess, and Bogoljubov won 7 to 1, with 6 draws.

Sam Copeland, National Master and Director of Content for Chess.com, told Bored Panda that he really enjoyed not only the 'outstanding move', but the entire game García had analyzed."[It's] a gorgeous 'miniature' (a game of fewer than 25 moves, rare among masters) which shows some very attractive ideas from White to force the early victory."

Copeland also provided us with very interesting details surrounding the game. "Interestingly, it was organized by the Nazis in occupied Poland. The white player, Efim Bogoljubov, a two-time world championship challenger, was actually born in Kiev but lived in Germany after he was interred there during WWI. This happened because he was playing the Mannheim 1914 tournament when war was declared between Germany and Russia, and he was not allowed to leave Germany thereafter," he explained.

"The star move is 16.Bg6!!", he said, highlighting that chess players add two exclamation marks to indicate a brilliant move. "It is striking because White offers three sacrifices: the bishop may be captured by two black pawns (either capture allows Nxd6+ as in the game) and the knight on c4 may be captured (when White has the excellent move Rxe6+!). Sacrifices in chess are always attractive, but sacrifices on an 'empty square' such as g6 are considered particularly striking because you are offering up your pieces without immediately gaining anything in return."

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Ben Smith
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2 months ago

Well played!

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Candidate Master (CM) James Coleman from England also agreed to take a look at it, saying that his impression is "Black played a risky opening that didn't pay off and never fully equalized the game. Black probably should have tried 10...d6 to stop White from playing e4-e5, although White would have retained the advantage in any case. This was definitely one key moment." 

As for 16.Bg6, the 'outstanding move', Coleman described it as "beautifully aesthetic".

"[White put the piece] on a square where it could've been captured two different ways, but neither capture solved Black's problems. It's the sort of move that can be quite hard to see as the brain often filters such moves out as they are counter-intuitive in appearance."

"Realistically though, the game was just a typical example of a top player dismantling his weaker opponent and the game seems unremarkable with the exception of the Bg6! Bolt from the blue." Coleman said.


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Downunderdude
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2 months ago

Brilliant!

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

It's not dangerous to flat earthers because there is a wall of ice around the earth.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

He just pointed out how unfair dress codes can be.

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Pamela24
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2 months ago

Am I the only one who's rubbed the wrong way by the policy? Ugh. (No discussion about how excellent the guy in the picture is, though.)

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Maryam Siddiqui
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2 months ago

now that IS indeed an outstanding move

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shemeowsalot
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2 months ago

Bro said he wants to leave LET HIM LEAVE

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

They made a good move, but he was unbelievably naive.

K.Kobayashi
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2 months ago

Not naive - just outsmarted by Russian scientists. The listening device was completely passive, with no power supply or active electronics. So when they inspected it, they didn't detect any signals from it. It was powered/activated by radio waves aimed at it from the outside. It was invented by Leon Theremin who also invented the musical instrument named after him.

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Troux
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2 months ago

This is much easier now, thanks to Tiktok. :D

Jasmine Walker
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2 months ago

Ha. Seriously.

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HigherthantheSky
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2 months ago

Modern Trojan Horse

Miss Cris
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2 months ago

Eagle.

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Giles McArdell
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2 months ago

Famously the device was created by Leon Theremin (creator also of the Theremin musical instrument). It went undetected because it only came on when radio waves were present - it is often hailed as the first ever RFID device.

SanchaTheSeeker
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2 months ago

Reminds me of the scene from the office where Dwight gifts Jim a wooden mallard

Sara Fanning
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2 months ago

So we’re praising spies now?

Shea Fujishima
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2 months ago

Dude, whenever a supposed enemy gives you a gift, check for bombs or other tricks. Seriously, girls learn this in THIRD grade!

Ginny Weasley
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2 months ago

Oof

Randy Klefbeck
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2 months ago

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.....and geeks bearing grifts.

Thalia Lovering
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2 months ago

A Trojan bird!

David Beaulieu
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2 months ago

How did they change the batteries?

K.Kobayashi
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2 months ago

It was powered by radio waves from the outside. It's considered the earliest RFID device.

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Sanguinius
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2 months ago

woah

Monika Soffronow
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2 months ago (edited)

Putin has no need for this, he has friends in some certain high places. Besides, satellites can now follow our every move. 'The Great Seal Bug': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo4PnkXT2jE

BUMMERS
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2 months ago

Imagine what could happen w/ a president that naive.Thank god we have Trump to protect us from those sneaky Russkies!

ChinaPandas122
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2 months ago

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Eloisa Hilton
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2 months ago

OH.. OH!! BEWARE OF GIFTS from the SOVIETS!!

backatya
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2 months ago

Damn they should always check anything given by those commies

Lacey Heward
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2 months ago

Shocker!!

lara
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2 months ago

Well, duh. BTW, the US used Soviet Contractors to build the US embassy. The place was so embedded with listening devices that the US had to build a special room, inside the embassy to use to stop the spying.

Id row
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2 months ago

Idiot didn't scan it for bugs? Isn't that the first rule when dealing with foreign governments? Have we learned nothing from the trojan horse?

Flower Boy
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2 months ago

DAMN BOI

bpanther
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2 months ago

Talk about a Trojan Horse...

Daniel Callaway
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2 months ago

Trojan Horse. Tricky little B@st@rds!!

Simon Cataudo
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2 months ago

Like Dwight and the mallard 😂

Thomas Turnbull
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2 months ago

Amazing battery life

Ginny Swart
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2 months ago

Duh!

Will Vega
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2 months ago

For the people who have never heard of this it was referred as the Thing.

Paul Mitchell
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2 months ago

Ideal way to develop distrust and tarnish one's integrity. Seven years; how was it powered? The battery would have been flat after a week.

Jon S.
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2 months ago

It didn't need a battery, it was powered by external radio waves.

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Astrid Van Dam
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2 months ago

Woah Smart Russians what are they thinking of doing now? 😨 😳

Bunny Wood
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2 months ago

Yeah, smarten up team. Of course they knew. It was a way of ensuring the Soviets heard the "right" secrets etc

Patrick Shore
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2 months ago

trump has it right about tik Tok and china, cant trust communism...so deceitful

ChinaPandas122
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2 months ago

what are you saying? IS THIS AN INSULT TO CHINA??? I am so full of rage why did no one downvote this????

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shemeowsalot
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2 months ago

whaa....

Val Izhakevich
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2 months ago

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes

Jim Price
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2 months ago

It went undiscovered for so long because it was powered remotely by microwaves. It was designed (under duress) by the creator of the Theramin.

Leo H
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2 months ago

Total trojen horse

LittleMissLotus
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2 months ago

Something tells me he never heard the tale of the Trojan horse...

Max L.
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2 months ago

Well... that listening didn't last long.

Lydia Coy
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2 months ago

YAAAAAAAASS GO SOVIETS

jiriw
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2 months ago

Sounds impossible to me, because how it transmit the voice data ? There was no internet and it also need power to operate and memory to store the data.

Celeste Grant
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2 months ago

It was powered by external radio waves... invented by Theremin. Look it up... he also invented a cool musical instrument that you play without touching it... again using radio waves.

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shemeowsalot
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2 months ago

cat.exe has stopped working. Disable lemon virus to reactivate the cat.

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Maryam Siddiqui
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2 months ago

yess i dont get it with hieght, i mean i know its good to have some standards but men cant change their hieght, i mean the perfect man could be waiting for u and u wont date him cause he 5'7 or somethin?

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Al Jones
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2 months ago

Kind of funny and kind of smart, yes. But why even bother creating/joining a team if you're tricking teams into not showing up?

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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2 months ago

I actually don't want nudes. Yes, I'm old.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

I wonder how many people fell for this.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

You have to expect dad replying with a dad joke.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

McDonalds losing this trademark was a case of hypocrisy. They tried to ban the company supermac's from using their similar sounding name but couldn't prove their case and lost their entire trademark in return.

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Vic
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2 months ago

If you are emailing the doc, just pray the teacher does not decide to select all and check.

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Daniel H.
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2 months ago

This is from a Swedish cartoonist called Jan Stenmark. His humor is very specific. I find him hilarious but a lot of people don't. I would recommend checking him out.

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Maryam Siddiqui
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2 months ago

do ppls parents actually do this!!??(also that was great payback😉)

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

I wish for a million more wishes....

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

It definitively broke for the better.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

This gave me an idea for my own funeral. May I'll add knocking sounds.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

Now, this was an unexpected move.

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

Make it a million!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

bahaha, that would suck big time but it is so creative.

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Maryam Siddiqui
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2 months ago

wait is it biting her or hugging her hand.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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I was curious and decided to google why a school would ban bags and apparently it was for health and safety reasons. The students were expected to just carry their books in their arms instead.

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Ben Smith
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2 months ago

Old bay is amazing. I use it nearly everyday

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Vic
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2 months ago

If you copy from one source it's plagiarism, if you copy from multiple it's research..

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Anne
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2 months ago

so now he only eats dominos?

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

Same here

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shemeowsalot
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2 months ago

UNO REVERSE

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Vic
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2 months ago

And they are dumb enough to fall for that! It's a win!

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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2 months ago

Yes, but it'll only last half as long.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago (edited)

Now we all can clap on our own shoulders.

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Ilya Ditkovskiy
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2 months ago

*cocks a magnum* magic missile

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

You can't be that desperate, can you?

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visvalin Vamadevan
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2 months ago

Dad jokes for the win

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