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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Grigory Levenfish
Moscow (1935), Moscow URS, rd 5, Feb-21
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Mannheim Variation (D23)  ·  1-0
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Apr-11-05  WorldChampeen: School of Soviet Chess calls this a Catalan I believe, I've looked to see if it occurred in any other games, it always impressed me in this game, that Botvinnik when faced with his gambit pawn being taken with 2. ...dxc4 sent the Queen out, 4. Qa4+ to reclaim it, one of the lesser popular manners of doing so, almost making it the Scaredy Cat gambit...
Apr-11-05  maoam: <WorldChampeen>

The Catalan was invented by Tartakower, it's characterised by 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3. This is just a QGA.

Apr-11-05  WorldChampeen: The Soviet School book does NOT call it a Catalan, I did not mean to mislead anyone on that, it is in that book. I will study it up.
Apr-11-05  weirdoid: I don't know which one is the bigger mistake by black, making the sequence of moves which allow 14. d5 or allowing e4-e5 and d5-d6 afterward. What happened afterward only tells how much torture the black player was willing to endure IMVHO.
Nov-04-09  Plato: 29...bxa3? made White's job much easier. After 29...a5 it's still not easy to break through because all the key points on the a-file could be controlled (after...Bb6). Still, the position was highly unpleasant for Levenfish right out of the opening.

A convincing positional crush by Botvinnik, who shows how powerful an extra central pawn can be.

Oct-24-17  Toribio3: Powerful pawn chain was created by Botvinnik, excellent game!
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