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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Andre Lilienthal
Moscow (1936), Moscow URS, rd 3, May-16
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0


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  keypusher: This won the best game prize at Moscow 1936, but is scorned by the kibitzeteriat.
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  shalgo: I imagine that it was because of games like this that the double fianchetto remained unfashionable for so long. Lilienthal has no counterplay at all in this game.
Oct-25-11  LIFE Master AJ: My idea of a "Brilliancy" is a tough, slashing attack.

This game is definietly "top drawer," but I would not necessarily describe it as brilliant.

Jun-01-12  bobbylee: I think I can safely say that no one's really interested in your idea of a "brilliancy" lmAJ. That's like asking a blind man to describe the Mona Lisa.
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  Zhbugnoimt: A Very nice positional game by Botvinnik. He makes Lilienthal look like an absolute beginner with the Mighty Maroczy bind! He deprives Lilienthal of all counterplay and truly squashes him
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  sycophante: 25.Rdc1! looks like a brillant move to me.
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  Mateo: A first class game. Positional play at the highest level.
Apr-08-19  cunctatorg: This masterpiece is vastly overshadowed -for many, either obvious or profound, reasons- by the terrible, awe inspiring, Botvinnik-Capablanca game at the same tournament...
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