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.

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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?

Aria Whitaker
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2 months ago

Because it is a rather unimportant, amateur softball team that they do for fun in college and they have a sense of humor?

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John Baker
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2 months ago

I say, old chap. That's rather unsportsmanlike. ;-)

Henry Cheves
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2 months ago

@Miss Cris, Why should that matter? To be honest, guys are much more likely to cheat and be dishonest than girls, speaking as a guy.

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GioDesa
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2 months ago

Its intramural...its not like you get money if you win. The whole point is to play the game and have fun. Why would you purposely trick teams into not playing? This is dumb

Ben Smith
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2 months ago

You SHOULD be hated and kicked out of the league.

LittleMissLotus
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2 months ago

That's kinda cruel... People don't really play intramural sports to win or get a prize, they do it for fun, which you sort of took away from them.

Nevits Yibble
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2 months ago

This is an old joke I've heard many times over the years. This person is trying to pass it off as something that really happened in their own life. Pretty sure it's made up

Sergio Serg
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2 months ago

Dumbest thing ever. You play for fun. Why cancel your own games?

elfin
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2 months ago

If you think that everyone hating you is a good thing then you need to reconsider your values.

Stannous Flouride
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2 months ago

There was briefly two punk bands in San Francisco called "Free Beer" and "No Cover Charge" but they very quickly were not being booked.

Randy Klefbeck
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2 months ago

I think I remember them!

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Martin Roy
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2 months ago (edited)

There was a steam room called "The Office" in my home town. If your wife called you, you could honestly say you were still at the office.

Jon S.
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2 months ago

There was a pub with the same name where I grew up, for the same reason!

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Ginny Swart
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2 months ago

Not smart or clever, just a plain dishonest trick. Did you all grow up to be politicians?

Zoltán Végh
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2 months ago

Like the guy who named himself "X box sign out" and began to troll in a voichat in a game.. so everytime if the trolled person said his name the rolled persons xbox turned off and he lost the game. :D

Adam Rindegård
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2 months ago

im trying that

Eloisa Hilton
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2 months ago

The board showing teams playing would have 2 names on the it: Their team's name and your team's name, which will show on the board as: NO GAME SCHEDULED. Even if the other team showed up early, they will leave because the board showed NO GAME SCHEDULED!! Nobody bothered to tell your opponents the name of your team!!

Lydia Coy
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2 months ago

Yus

Sawdust
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2 months ago

If they won the championship no one would've shown up to the victory parade.

Sasha Kuleshov
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2 months ago

That is pretty clever :)

Renee Ross
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2 months ago

Michigan tech? Cause I have totally heard this.

Quiet Mystic
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2 months ago

They made softball a mind game...

Vic
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2 months ago

Well played!

MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

genius!

Daniel Callaway
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2 months ago

The End justifies the Means!!!

chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

One of the best moves I've ever heard of.

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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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2 months ago

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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