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Samuel Reshevsky vs Mikhail Botvinnik
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED, rd 9, Mar-23
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation. Blackburne Attack (A91)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-07-05  Helios727: What does white do to maintain the draw?
Sep-07-05  aw1988: Note Bd4 fails to, well, dropping a rook.
Sep-07-05  RookFile: 26. Rbe1 and white has a clear advantage.
Sep-17-05  Helios727: Why would it end in a draw if white has a big advantage?
Sep-17-05  agressivechess: 26.Rbe1 fails because a great player like Botvinnik would have surely calculated that 26....-Rd1 27.Qb8 Be7 and now it would have to be Reshvesky to find the right alternative.I hope i'm right becuz iain't using no chess supporting software or anything like that.
Sep-17-05  psmith: <RookFile>: 26. Rbe1 Rd7 27. Qb8+ Rd8 28. Qc7 (28. Qb7 Bd4) Rd7 =
Sep-17-05  psmith: <aggressivechess> After 26. Rbe1 Rd1 27. Kg2 what does Black do? (and although I sometimes do, today I'm not using software either, other than that installed in my wetware.)

<Helios727> I think 26. Rbe1 Rd7 is the drawing line as above.

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  beatgiant: <psmith>
Very interesting final position!

What about something like 26. Rbe1 Rd7 <27. Qc8+> preventing 27...Rd8 28. Qxg4, or 27...Kf7 28. Bxh7, while on 27...Bd8 Black loses the ...Bd4 pin threat so again White looks to be on top. What did you find?

Sep-18-05  psmith: <beatgiant> Oh yeah. Duh. This is what I get for trying to analyze without a board and pieces. I forgot that after 26...Rd7, c8 would now longer be covered by the Black B.

Well, now it looks like white's winning after all. So, can some historian tell us why the draw?

<agressivechess> Note that after 26. Rbe1 Rd1 27. Bd5+! seems to win quickly. (For that I credit the online analyzer at

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  plang: The moves are in Golombeks book on the 48 championship
Jul-22-13  zydeco: 9.Nf4 leaves black in a kind of strategic zugzwang. 9....c6 looks like the right response but ends up leaving d6 weak. 9....Nc6 might be an alternative.

23....Rxd6! -- and Botvinnik probably calculated straight through to the perpetual check at the end......otherwise the sacrifice doesn't make any sense.

Jul-22-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<zydeco>

23...Rxd6 gets a fat question mark in Golombek's book of the tournament. (Botvinnik had 10 minutes left for his 18 moves, btw.)

23...Bf5 was a suggested improvement, whilst in the game 28. Qb3 avoids the Draw.

Jul-23-13  zydeco: <SimonWebbsTiger> Interesting. Thanks. 23.....Bf5 24.Rbe1 Bxe4 25.Rxe4 Qg6 26.Rxe6 Rxe6 27.Qxg6 Rxe1+ 28.Kf2 hxg6 29.Kxe1 Bxb2 has to be a draw while 26.....Qxd3 27.Rxe8+ Kf7 gives black a material deficit but good winning chances: 28.c5 and 28.....Qf3

24.Be5 might be an improvement, though, with 24....Bxe4 25.Rxe4 Bxe5 26.Rbe1 and if 26....Qf5 the rooks are better than the queen after 27.fxe5 Rxe5 28.Rxe5 Qxd3 28.Rxe8+ Kf7 29.R8e7+

28.Qb3 looks killer as opposed to 28.Kf2. If 28.....Re8 29.Kh1, black has 29.....Bxe3 30.Rxe3 Bf3+ but 29.Kg2 and black's stuck because 29.....Bxe3 30.Rxe3 and 30......Qd4 runs into 31.Bd5+.

Jul-23-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<zydeco>

Golombek took the other bishop after 23...Bf5 24. Be5, i.e. 24...Bxe5. The jist of the variations being mass liquidation occurs leading to either a white queen versus 2 rooks or a bishop v. bishop endgame, both favourable for Black.

Jul-24-13  zydeco: <SimonWebbsTiger> Oh ok. 25.Bxf5 (after 24.....Bxe5) runs into 25....Rd6 and .....Bd4. Thanks.
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