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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Abram Yakovlevich Model
"A Model Endgame" (game of the day Jun-10-2010)
Leningrad (1930)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation. Normal Line (D55)  ·  0-1


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  Gypsy: An engaging and fresh game. It seems that Model was as a creative over-the-board player as they come. Although <27...a3?!> keeps the win and leads to intriguing play, transparent <27...c5> probably would have been much simpler. If 28.Nxa4, then 28...Rxd4 29.Rxd4 cxd4 30.a3 Ke7 is a straight forward win.
Oct-23-06  johnnyfroaction: black seems to bring about a nice zugzwang qith 42...Bf1 any thoughts?
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  whiteshark: The Model constructions do not claim to be perfect with respect to accuracy of fit.
Jun-10-10  Ferro: ĦQUE CURSI!
Jun-10-10  Ferro: 10. Botvinnik LOSE
Jun-10-10  Ferro: MEJOR:
16.Rh3 Bg6
17.Qd1 Bf5
18.Rhf3 Bg4
19.cxd5 exd5
20.Qe1 Rf7
21.Rf4 Raf8
22.Qh4 Qxe3
23.Kh1 Qxc3
24.bxc3 Ne4
25.Rxf7 Rxf7
26.Qd8+ RINDEN
Jun-10-10  fernandojaume: MEJOR!!!!!?***!!!*???
16.Rh3 Bg6
17.Qd1 Bf5
18.Rhf3 Bg4
19.cxd5 exd5
20.Rxf6 Bxd1
21.Rxf8+ Rxf8
22.Rxf8+ Kxf8
23.Nxd1 Qb4
24.Nf3 ...
Jun-10-10  rapidcitychess: That guy was such a airhead. :)
Jun-10-10  WhiteRook48: awesome
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  kevin86: Black will win knight for pawn,and usher the rook pawn through.

Too bad the game wasn't a model mate.

Jun-11-10  Atking: <Gypsy> On 27...c5 why not 28.d5? Black is better but the win is still far. As far it was in the game. I like 27...a3 for Rb2. My doubt is for 35...RxRd2 No urgent here (except a time pressure?!) 35...Ke7~36...Kd6 looks simpler. Nevertheless to win a game vs Botvinnik in such fashion, obviously Model was a great player.
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  Gypsy: <Atking> Good point. I don't remember what I was thinking back then. Looking at it today, I think that the 27...c5 28.d5... is also best to be followed by the 28...a3 29.Kf2 Rb8(!) ... The Rd8-b8-b2 maneuver pretty much decides the game. (And I also agree that the Rxd2 could/should have waited till after Kf8-e7-d6 was on the board.)
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