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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Igor Bondarevsky
11th USSR Championship Semifinal (1938), Leningrad URS, rd 2, May-21
Benoni Defense: Hromadka System (A57)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Oct-21-09  ughaibu: It's difficult to imagine anyone not playing 12.f5, what's wrong with it?
Oct-21-09  nescio: <ughaibu: It's difficult to imagine anyone not playing 12.f5, what's wrong with it?> Probably nothing, but Botvinnik didn't like to hand over important squares to the opponent. Indeed, after 12.f5 Ne5 there is nothing decisive in sight, so Botvinnik may have decided to wait. It didn't work this time.
Oct-21-09
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  Pawn and Two: <ughaibu> Perhaps a similar question could be asked about Black's play. Why did he not play 11...b5? That seems to be the natural move. Maybe that question was on Botvinnik's mind too. He may have wanted to prevent b5, and so he played 12.a4.
Dec-08-16  edubueno: Partida pareja.
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