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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Alexander Alekhine
AVRO (1938)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1-0
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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 http://www.chessindia.org/WorldCham...

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 myself....you 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?"
May-07-06
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  Benzol: 38...Nb8 A clever move. After 39.Rxb6 Kc7 and 40...Nc6 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.
Jul-15-06
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  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.
Dec-04-07
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  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.
Mar-22-08  Marmot PFL: Botvinnik played over 120 games from 1940-1945.
Aug-21-08
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  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.
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