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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Isaac Boleslavsky
USSR Championship (1945), Moscow URS, rd 11, Jun-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0


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Aug-13-05  DWINS: Botvinnik deftly avoids a nice trap that Boleslavsky sets for him. At first glance, 39.Ne5 looks killing as it threatens 40.Qxg6+ Kh8 41.Nxf7+ as well as 40.Rxf7+.

However, this would have been met by 39...Nf6! 40.Rxf7+ Qxf7 41.Nxf7 Ra1+ 42.Kh2 Ng4+ 43.Kh3 Nxf2+ 44.Kh2 Rh1#

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  offramp: An almost incredible resource. That was well-spotted by Botvinnik just before the time control.
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  plang: Bovinnik felt that 12 Kh1 would have been a better way of responding to the threatened 12..Nxd4 maintaining the pressure on the queenside. Still, White had the initiative due mostly to his control of the d-file. Botvinnik recommended 21..b5 as a better defence though White would still be better. 36 Ne5 would have won at once as 36..Qxe4 is answered by 37 Qf6..Qf5 38 Nd7+. 46..Rh8 could have been answered by 47 Qxh8+!
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