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Alexander Kotov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 12, Jun-07
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  0-1
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Aug-04-03  ughaibu: Botvinnik's Kf8 in this game is quite remarkable, he makes it part of a smoothly flowing strategy.
Nov-12-16  Retireborn: Of interest is the variation 15...Ne4 (instead of 15...c4); then 16.Nxe4 Bxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Qh4+ 18.Kg1 Rh6. Black wins, surely? No, because White has the bizarre interference move 19.Bh5!! Rxh5 20.f4, creating an escape square for his king.

20...h5! is a fine dynamic move, typical of Botvinnik's active style. He went on to win this USSR ch with 12.5/16, two points ahead of Smyslov.

Oct-20-17
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  keypusher: This game between moves 18-27 is discussed in https://chess-teacher.com/mikhail-b...


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Note that if 24....Ne4 then 25.Ng6+ wins on the spot. Strategic mastery isn't enough; you've got to spot those cheap tactical tricks too.

Oct-22-17
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  keypusher: Incidentally, White was better throughout the opening, mostly because Black has a hard time getting his rook into play if the game opens up. For example 19.e4 dxe4?! 20.Nxe4 Nxe4 21.Bxe4 Bxe4 22.Qxe4 with a sizable advantage. But Kotov dithered, and by move 21 Botvinnik had a firm grip on the position.
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