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Salomon Flohr vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 2, Nov-14
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation. Symmetrical Line (D14)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-17-05  who: What a boring game!!
Sep-27-05  waddayaplay: Maybe they didn't want to go home.
Sep-27-05  Poulsen: Boring?! Not at all! I see two combattants with the fighting spirit that is so sadly missing with most of todays topplayers.

I'll admit they could draw much earlier, but both - certainly Botvinnik - seeked to exploit any weaknesses in his opponents position in a game, where the smallest positional mistake could lead to a loss.

Sep-27-05  who: Say what! If you play the slav exchange this way - there will be no weaknesses to speak of. Botvinnik played the ambitious 8.Bb5 but with 8.Bd3 I can draw against Fritz on full strength with black. And I suck. The position is absolutely equal not dynamically.
Sep-27-05  euripides: I think Botvinnik was the only one playing for a win. Around move 30 one expects ...f5 and ...g4, but it never comes; one defensive idea for White might then be Nf4 protecting h3 and g2.
Sep-27-05  SnoopDogg: <Sure enough, he did play this system, refuted the refutation, and hardly sat down at the board as he routed me without mercy. >

I doubt that. Just because the position is a draw, doesn't mean you can draw the position. Remember chess from the very start is a draw (theoretically) as is this position. and even though its nearly symmetrical and is very drawish, doesn't mean you can play on a 2800 and draw Fritz.

Sep-27-05  who: I assume the post you're responding to got deleted.
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