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Mikhail Botvinnik vs David Bronstein
Botvinnik - Bronstein World Championship Match (1951), Moscow URS, rd 13, Apr-13
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Fischer Variation (E44)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-21-06  Resignation Trap: April 13-14, 1951

Before the game, Botvinnik's self-assuring comments in his journal:

"Repeat everything - although everything will be significantly more difficult, since he will play more cautiously, impudently and better.

Make a move when everything is clear! Let's go!"

Sep-21-06  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik kept his one-point lead in the match with this draw, but he was still displeased with his efforts.

Here's what he had to say:

"Played terribly - intended Bd2, then got frightened of the calculations and spoiled everything! And then bungled it."

Aug-12-07  talisman: botvinnik sacrificing 2 pawns inside of 16 moves.don't see that often.keres and tolush... both stop their annotation after move 21.30.Re1 loses.<Resignation Trap> how did you like the comment "malice and composure"? from botvinnik
Aug-12-07  talisman: ok this is not game 11.please apply all comments to game 11. thanks.
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  plang: The line chosen by Bronstein 5..Bb7 and 6..Bxc3+!? seems odd giving up the two bishops while receiving little in return; 6..Be7 is played more often. Later on in the match in game 17 (this was game 13) Bronstein chose Fischers system 5..Ba6. According to Sveshnikov Bronstein spent over an hour on 11..exd apparently realizing that he had been outplayed in the opening. 13 b3 looks reasonable but later analysis showed that 13 b4! was much stronger; one pretty variation is 13 b4..Ne5 14 Bb2..Nxc4 15 Nxf6..gxf 16 Qg4+..Kh8 17 Qxc4..cxb 18 Qf4..Kg7 19 Qg5+ winning or more prosaically 13 b4..cxb 14 axb..Nxd5 15 Bb2..Ne7 16 Bxb7..Qxb7 17 Qd6 with advantage to White. Missing this opportunity allowed Bronstein to neutralize Whites initiative and achieve the draw.
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  perfidious: Bronstein's fifth move has long since fallen out of favour after the more common response 6.a3 Be7 7.d5, which gives a spatial advantage for free. An alternative which scores no worse than the main line in this DB is the bizarre-looking 6....Bd6.

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