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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.
USSR Championship (1933)  ·  Gruenfeld Defense: Russian Variation (D96)  ·  1-0
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Jul-05-05
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  keypusher: I remember being very impressed by Botvinnik's notes to this game, particularly his demonstration that one weakness leads to another. As he explains, ...Nb6 is an error -- the knight winds up with no retreat from the square, and the queen and the other knight are tied down to its defense.

After 12...Qd6 13 Na2! prevents the exchange of queens and keeps black in knots. Black is finally driven to play ...f5 to free the d5 square for the knight.

The weakening ...f5 helps create the conditions for Botvinnik's attack on the king -- one weakness leads to another! Finally, 23 Bh5+ is a very pretty move, especially when all those tempting discovered checks are available. I think Yudovich resigned after the bishop sacrifice, rather than playing on to mate.

Jul-09-05
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  keypusher: Another game on the same theme.

Peter Nielsen vs Timman, 2002

Feb-08-07
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  notyetagm: <keypusher: I remember being very impressed by Botvinnik's notes to this game, particularly his demonstration that one weakness leads to another. As he explains, ...Nb6 is an error -- the knight winds up with no retreat from the square, and the queen and the other knight are tied down to its defense.>

That's funny. I just won my Wednesday night league game by trapping a Black knight on h6 which had <NO RETREAT>.

Jun-08-09  ungeneral: Kxh5 24. Ng3+ Kh4 25. Qe4 1-0
Oct-02-09  Ulhumbrus: On 23...Kxh5 24 Ng3+ (ungeneral) not only checks the black King but discovers as well an attack upon the square g6 (the square which the Black King has just left) from White's Queen, and so prevents Black's King from going back to g6.
Dec-03-10  SoundWave: Herman Grooten gives a good explanation of this game in his book 'Chess Strategy for Club Players' pp. 275-278.
Jul-25-14  Pakla: Botvinnik shows his strength

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