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Mikhail M Yudovich Sr. vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Leningrad (1934), Leningrad URS, rd 6, Aug-24
Dutch Defense: Classical. Stonewall Variation (A95)  ·  0-1
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May-21-05
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  fred lennox: Some have puzzled over Botvinnik's fondness for the dutch-stonewall. I will speculate. Closed positions he generally avoided, prefering but one pawn in the center. The dutch-stonewall is an exception. It was a closed game he was comfortable with. Besides making e4 difficult for white, it gives wedge support to a knight, a favorite device of his, on e4. It also gives some flexibility - the c and/or e pawn can advance to open the center up some. So it isn't rigid. The light sq bishop is bad for a while, this wouldn't disturb Botvinnik, being a master of the French. What's more, a bold f pawn move is more typical of him than most of his rivals, even though it happens latter on in other openings. To sum, the stone-dutch was out of favor to most of Botvinnik's rivals, he found it consistent to his style.
Sep-05-05  vampiero: the continuation of course would be
48. QxR g2
49. e7 g1=Q+
50. Bf1 Qde3+
51. Kd1 QxB+
52. Kd2 Qfd1#
or
48. QxR g2
49. Qc8+ Kg7
50. Qd7+ QxQ
51. exQ G1=Q+
52. Bf1 Qe3+
53. Kd1 Qd4+ and there goes the pawn
if white tries to continuasly check with..
50. Qc7+ Kh6 gets white away, and there lies a mate in 4 if white tries Bd3, another mate in 4 lies if White tries to ignore the rook sac with Qb1
Mar-12-08  Tactic101: It is startling to note how many chances white had to save the game near the end. After 44... Rg7?, Rc8+!, Bxc8, Qxc8+, Kh7, Qh3+ with a perpetual. Of course, this is courtsey of Fritz. It's much harder to see this sort of thing on the board.

White also played too passively. He should have been preparing an Alekhine's Gun on the c-file, not waiting around, biding his time for black to prepare the g4 break on the kingside. Until then, white was certainly better thanks to his extra pawn.

Nov-27-12
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  Naniwazu: In his excellent book 'Dynamic Pawn Play in Chess' (Gambit, 2001) Marovic gives the variation 19. exf5 Nxe5 20. dxe5 Bxe5 21. f4 gxf4 22. gxf4 Bd6 as being bad for White. I would question this since White has the move 23. Ne4! when Black can't play 23...dxe4 since his bishop hangs on d6. Black can try 23...Be5 but then 24. fxe5 dxe4 25. Qc3! leads to a won game for White after 25...Qg4 (not 25...exf5 26. e6+ Rg7 27. Rd8+ Qe8 28. Rxe8#) 26. Bh3 Qh4 27. f6 .
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