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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Samuel Reshevsky
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED, rd 4, Mar-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Line (E40)  ·  1-0


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Jan-22-05  MidnightDuffer: Black's move #28 should have been ...Ng5 and he has the advantage!

Sammy ran into time trouble in this game; too bad, 29. ... Bxd4 30. fxe6 Bxf2+ 31. Rxf2 Nxf2 32. Kxf2 Rxe6 and Reshevsky has a slight material lead.

Officially, it is a forfeit, he must have run out of time. As it is, Reshevsky has a slight material advantage at the end of this game.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I don't see any material advantage for black. He two pawns for a knight.
Jan-22-05  MidnightDuffer: You know more about than me <Gregor Samsa> Sorry if I misled anyone!
May-17-08  Albertan: Reshevsky could have also played 28...Ra5 with an advantage due to the double attack against Botvinnik's Knight, and after 29.gxf5 Qxd5 30.Rxe4 Qxf5 Reshevsky would have remained a pawn up.

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  wwall: After 29.gxf5, instead of 29...Qxf5, perhaps 29...Bxd4 30.fxe6 Bxf2+ 31.Rxf2 Nxf2

Instead of 30...Qxh3, perhaps 30...Qxe4 31.Rxe4 Nxa3 32.Ne7+ Bxe7 33.Rxe7 Nb5

If 30.Qxc4?? instead of 30.Qxe4, then 30...Bxf2+ and 31...Rxc4

31...Rcc6?? is the losing move. Perhaps 31...Rac6 or 31...b5, or 31...Qh5.

After White played 32.Nf4, 32...Qc8 fails to 33.Qxc4 with check. If 32...Qg3+, then 33.Kh1 Qg5 34.Qxc4.

If Reshevsky had won this game, he would have taken 2nd place with 11.5 (Botvinnik would have still won the world championship with 13 instead of 14 points). A draw would have given him 11 points and a tie for 2nd-3rd with Smyslov.

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  chancho: +3 -1 =1 in favor of Botvinnik.
He was clearly the better player in 1948.
Jul-11-13  zydeco: 28.....Ng5 would have been beautiful -- and if 29.Qd3 Nxf3+ 30.Qxf3 fxg4 when black's ahead.

I'm surprised by 10....Bd6. It seems like black should play ....a5 immediately and if b5, .....c5.

Both sides get stuck at about move 24. 24.Ra2 is interesting. 26.Nd5 feels incorrect....and would have been after 28.....Ng5!

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  perfidious: <MidnightDuffer: Black's move #28 should have been ...Ng5 and he has the advantage!>

This was mentioned in Botvinnik's Best Games, 1947-70, by the annotator of that game-may have been Keres.

<.....Officially, it is a forfeit, he must have run out of time.....>

Reshevsky indeed lost on time.

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  WCC Editing Project: <perifidious>

<Reshevsky indeed lost on time.>

Quite right:

<"As expected, both players ran short of time and after twenty-seven moves, their respective times were 2:17 [Botvinnik] and 2:26 [Reshevsky]. On this occasion <<<The U.S. speed whiz>>> faltered, blundered badly and then-- incredibly-- lost the game on time!">

D.A. Yanofsky and H.J. Slavekoorde, "Battle Royal... A Round by Round Account of the Thrilling Contest for the World's Chess Title."

"Chess Life and Review" (April 1948), pp. 13-14

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  keypusher: Not really incredible that Reshevsky lost on time, once he saw he was losing anyway. He let his flag fall against Bronstein in 1953 rather than resign. Probably did the same here.

Reshevsky vs Bronstein, 1953

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  WCC Editing Project:

<"Botvinnik take some sort of <<<pills>>> during the game. Can they be vitamins?">

D.A. Yanofsky and H.J. Slavekoorde, "Battle Royal... A Round by Round Account of the Thrilling Contest for the World's Chess Title."

"Chess Life and Review" (April 1948), p.16

Apr-10-15  A.T PhoneHome: Considering the amount and nature of theories formed regarding this 1948 Botvinnik triumph it doesn't come as a surprise, for it is definitely with a hint of deja-vu that "Botvinnik takes pills" argument was also made.
Apr-11-15  RookFile: White's g4 thrust is pretty brazen and shows the fighting qualities of Botvinnik. It's the sort of move that also shows up in Petrosian's games.
Apr-11-15  A.T PhoneHome: Botvinnik was a fighter for sure! And he really liked his pawn pushes.
Jul-17-17  Toribio3: Actually, the mighty king of Botvinnik was exposed in the end. Nevertheless, he is a master of defense; the attack of Reshevsky failed miserably!
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