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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Arnold Denker
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 6, Aug-20
Spanish Game: Open. Malkin Variation (C83)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Oct-14-06  Confuse: According to the book "The Immortal Game" by David Shenk there is a game where Denker plays vs Botvinnik, and during a brief break Botvinnik went to get food and Denker to study. At that time his position was advantageous, but Botvinnik found the only move to draw. Shenks source attributes this to the Soviet chess machine and how many grandmasters were analyzing for Botvinnik. Is this that game?
Aug-10-07  MissesManyMoves: This is the game. Shenk's book was released in 2006, but in fact this episode was discussed earlier, in a *terrific* (and pretty long) article by Rene Chun called "Bobby Fischer's Pathetic Endgame" (The Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 2002). It can be read @ (If that link is dead, simply google on that title and author and several copies should come up.)
Aug-11-07  wolfmaster: Nice draw by Denker.
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  Calli: Excerpt from the Atlantic article:
According to Arnold Denker, beating the Soviet chess machine during that era was all but impossible. "In 1946," he says, "I had an adjourned game with Mikhail Botvinnik in which I was ahead. During the break I saw Botvinnik eating dinner and relaxing. I didn't have dinner. I went to my room and studied. When the game resumed, Botvinnik remarkably found the only move to draw the game. I said, 'How is that possible?' Someone told me, 'Listen, young man, all of these people were analyzing for him while he was having his dinner.' I was naive in those days."

The "only" move Denker refers to is 43.Bd8!!

Feb-25-15  Oliveira: Edward Lasker, in his excellent book "The Adventure of Chess" condemns as a "decay of ethics" "the open practice [in communistic countries] of analyzing adjourned positions with others" and deems it "a curious perversion of the most fundamental concept of sportsmanship by introducing the idea of mass-cooperation into a contest between two individuals."

He then relates the following story told by a friend of his (Denker) "who competed in the first great International Master's Tournament organized after the end of the last war, at Groningen, Holland":

<He was playing one of the five Russian masters who participated, and at the end of the first five hours, when the game was adjourned, the position of the Russian was decidedly inferior. My friend asked him with a smile: 'Do you think you can hold this?"-"Well," the other said, "maybe not. But I think after exchanging Bishops I may have a little drawing chance."

When the game was resumed, the Russian did not exchange Bishops. What he did play was evidently a carefully analyzed defense which actually forced a draw. My friend said: "To tell you the truth, I did not even look at the line you played. Weren't you going to exchange Bishops?" The Russian replied: "I intended to. But <we> found that leaving the Bishops on the board offered a better chance to draw." My friend smiled at this frank admission of collaboration with others. Why, the Russian did not even seem to guess.">

Terrible, really. Nevertheless, Garry Kasparov, who has been an outspoken critic of the Soviet regime since youth, dispelled any collusion on the part of the Soviets by pointing out that collaboration between the Soviet players during tournaments was not seem as cheating among them but as genuine team play! And, in fact, Botvinnik's open acknowledgment of others helping him out clearly confirms it.

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  perfidious: One suspects that Lasker would be by no means displeased at the demise of adjournments in modern-day chess.
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