Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Mikhail Botvinnik vs Alexander Alekhine
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 7, Nov-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 25 times; par: 90 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 2 more Botvinnik/Alekhine games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some games have annotation. These are denoted in the game list with the icon.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 1 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-02-04  lordhazol: Minorite advantages causes winning the game.First of all controlling c file than 7th line Aparting pawns before pick up.Which move gives the advantage to white.The answer is not a move but strategy.Botwinnik is always do that.The game name must be "MINORITY ADVANTAGES"
Sep-14-04  Giancarlo: Maybe looking at this game, Botvinnik beats Alekhine in a WCC if he stays alive.
Sep-04-05  MrMrsKnight: It looks to me like Alekhine wanted a quick and safe draw, but Botvinnik stuck around and found himself little ways to improve his position. Nice win for Botvinnik, for Alekhine, maybe a reason to take a look at an endgame manual.
Oct-23-05  alexandrovm: I didn't know this two guys where playing for the WCC at the time Alexander died, anybody knows the story?
Oct-23-05  who: From

In 1946 he was about to accept a match title with Botvinnik. On the evening of March 23 or early March 24, 1946 Alekhine died in his hotel room in Estoril, Portugal. Some say he died of a heart attack. Others say he choked on an unchewed piece of meat. The body was not buried for three weeks as no one claimed the body. Finally, the Portugese Chess Federation took charge of the funeral. Less than a dozen folks showed up for his burial.

Oct-23-05  alexandrovm: <In 1946 he was about> thank you my friend :)
Oct-23-05  who: there are also consipiracy theories about his death - KGB etc.
Jan-11-06  HillGentleman: Why didn't white take the b-pawn at move 39?
Jan-11-06  Saruman: After the game Alekhine said that he would of resigned if Botvinnik had sealed the move 41.Rg5! because of 41.-Rxg5 42.hxg5 and the pawns promotes.
Jan-12-06  likestofork: <who> Not that the conspiracy theorists don't know what they're talking about, but might years of alcohol abuse and nicotine addiction have contributed to Alekhine's "heart attack"? Sort of similar to Pat Robertson's god being able to smite a 300 pound, 77 year old man with a stroke, no? Speaking of strokes, I'm starting to worry about mentioned KGB, and I'm thinking, "What's that, some King's Gambit variation?".
May-07-06  Green Bishop: I would like to know the answer to HillGentleman's question. "Why didn't white take the b-pawn at move 39?"
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: 38...♘b8 A clever move. After 39.♖xb6 ♔c7 and 40...♘c6 Black would have consolidated his position. White, however, leaves the Black pieces disunited. - Botvinnik.
May-07-06  Green Bishop: Thank you, Benzol. Now I see 38...Nb8 was not a mistake.
Jul-15-06  MrMelad: <Benzol> I disagree. I think 38..Nb8 is a mistake. Much better is 38..Ke7.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <MrMelad> It's not me but Botvinnik you're disagreeing with.
Jul-15-06  MrMelad: Thats ok, I still disagree :)

It apears that fritz agrees with me!

Oct-31-06  winatchess: Did Hitler get pissed off at this game? the Jew beat the Aryan. Kind of like the track race with the black american guy at the olympics.
Oct-31-06  setebos: Hitler was too busy swindling the appeasers to bother with this crap.
Mar-28-07  echever7: Black´s problems begun with 10...b6. That weakening of the fields in the c-row gave whites along and sustanaible advantage.
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Botvinnik beat both Capablanca and Alekhine in this tournament.
Dec-06-07  M.D. Wilson: Yes, chancho. Whereas Capablanca and Alekhine were passed their prime (Alekhine less so, but certainly not the Alekhine of old), Botvinnik was only getting stronger. WWII erupted not long after AVRO and put chess on the backburner for half a decade, just when Botvinnik would have reached his peak. During the War, Botvinnik worked as an electrical engineer repairing Soviet powerplants south of Moscow, and in the Urals and further east in Siberia. Chess, I'm sure, was the last thing on his mind! Makes his reign at the top even more impressive, especially given the talent of his younger rivals.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Botvinnik played over 120 games from 1940-1945.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: <winatchess: Did Hitler get pissed off at this game? the Jew beat the Aryan. Kind of like the track race with the black american guy at the olympics.>

Alekhine AND Botvinnik were Jewish

Sep-20-08  norcist: alekhine jewish?? Hmmm not that i know of. Slavic from what i hear.
Sep-20-08  blacksburg: i've always considered this game to be more instructive than botvinnik's famous win over capa in the same tournament. certainly not as spectacular, but very instructive.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 4)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 1 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
botv over alek
from jewish playersin chess by gmlisowitz
Botte, game 5: Die Stärke der Einfachheit
from 49_Other endgames by whiteshark
The Passing of the Torch
by eightbyeight
Queen's Pawn 2
by GiantPickle
+1 -0 =1 vs. Alekhine (AVRO)
from Match Botvinnik! by chessgain
by Imohthep
by Malacha
from botvinnik best games by brager
Botvinnik vs World Champions Decisive Games Alekhine
from Botvinnik vs the World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
partidas estudio
by uhialfil
The queen Knight is driven away from the battle
from the most instructive classic games by Atsa
41_R+N - TActical TAngos
by whiteshark
QGD Semi-Tarrasch Def. Pillsbury (D41)1-0 N fork flips = ending
from yFredthebear's Knights Add Spice III by fredthebear
Think Like A Grandmaster
by StuporMoundi
Change of structure
from Game collection: IQP by KingG
AVRO (07) 1938
from Favorite Games from (1917-1943) by wanabe2000
txxxw's favorite games
by txxxw
Methodical manuevers to exchange, snatch a pawn
from What truck? by fredthebear
Ercan's favorite games I
by Ercan
Game collection: IQP
by Hesam7
plus 82 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC