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Herman Steiner vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 4, Aug-16
Dutch Defense: Nimzo-Dutch. Alekhine Variation (A90)  ·  0-1


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Nov-18-04  Lowintermediate: Real basic comments--please correct!

9 Bf4, grabbing a nice diagonal and gaining control of Black's hole at e5

10 ... Qh5 Black begins kingside attack characteristic of Dutch Stonewall

11 Rae1 White announces intention to push e4, but Black's attack is quicker due to the lengthty buildup White needs to play e4 favorably

14 ... Nxe5, Black frees his cramped position and eliminates a main threat to his weak black squares, including h8, to which his king will retreat. The pawn recapture gives white firm control of d6 and f6, but it also shields Black's backward e-pawn and closes the a1-h8 long diagonal, giving Black's king more protection.

15 ... f4, Black prepares to open lines for his rooks

17 ... Kh8, Black moves his king to further safety while opening up g8 for a rook

23 Qxf4?? would lose the Q to Ng3+

23... Rfg7, Black trades a pawn for a tempo. Note how by Black's next move, White's pieces are in basically the same positions while Black has moved a rook from f7 to g4--essentially 2 moves for one, gained by offering the gambit pawn

24 ... Nxf3, Black eliminates the main defender of the White's h-pawn. Mate is threatened on the h file (and has been for a while).

25 ... Bg5, White must lose the queen or be mated after ... Bf4

Note how White's queen was kept out of the defence, while only Black's white-square Bishop was not in the attack.

Nov-18-04  kostich in time: sorry chessgames, the only "g Stiener "associated with chess is GEORGE Stiener, the critic, polymath and occasional charlatan who wrote that strange book about the Spassky-Fischer match, Fields of Force. The Stiener who played at Groningen was our old pal, HERMAN "Hollywood" Stiener
Nov-18-04  Resignation Trap: This game is the same as H Steiner vs Botvinnik, 1946 , but the latter game is from a tournament that is erroneously called a "junior" event.

This ("G Steiner") is an excellent example of what is called a "transliteration morph". When the roman alphabet letter "H" (as in English) gets transliterated into a cyrillic alphabet language (Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, etc.) it normally appears as the equivalent of the letter "G". When an uninformed translator takes text with the "G" equivalent, and transliterates it back into roman alphabet, it remains a "G".

For example, a translator who finds a game played by Vlastimil Hort in a Russian book, may not be familiar with that famous Grandmaster, and it might appear as "Gort" in his translation.

Ken Neat translated "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", but he is not immune from such errors. On page 66 of that book, there is a reference to the Italian master "Sabadosh". Neat was not familiar with Eugenio Szabados, and so his name appears as "Sabadosh", which is how it would sound to a speaker of English. This is an Italian player, though his surname is of Hungarian origin.

Aug-11-07  wolfmaster: Good Dutch play from Botvinnik.
Aug-13-10  Ulhumbrus: Tarrasch at a higher level. A miserable N on g7 becomes by means of the manoeuvre ....Ng7-f5-h4 a useful N on h4
Aug-13-10  AnalyzeThis: Once Botvinnik get f4 in, white was in trouble.
Aug-13-10  Lil Swine: some people just can't under-steinitz a great game
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  plang: 12 Nd2? highlighted the unfortunate position of the bishop on f4; 12 Bc1 was an alternative. 16..gxf? was a second error opening the g-file; 16 Qd3 maybe!?. After that White had no play and was slowly squashed. 27 Bxf3..Qxh2+ would have mated immediately.
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  Chessdreamer: The tournament book (Euwe & Kmoch) has this game in the move order of 6.Nc3 O-O 7.Qc2 d5 8.Nf3 c6 9.O-O Qe8 10.Bf4 Qh5.
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