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Laszlo Szabo vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Budapest (1952), Budapest HUN, rd 5, Mar-10
Dutch Defense: Classical. Stonewall Variation (A94)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-14-05  who: I'm not sure why, but my computer (fritz) feels 28...Qxc5 was a very weak move.
Jan-14-05  aw1988: Objectively it is quite weak, since white gets quite a good endgame due to his complete seizure of the center. I like 28...Rc8, although this is not computer-checked, so let me know.
Mar-17-14  LIFE Master AJ: A magnificent draw, # 94 in the Soltis book.
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  joyme: I was surprised, that Black did not mind to exchange black-squared bishops, but after I accepted this, I was enjoying the wing balanced manovers 11...b6 followed by 15....a5 followed by 18...Rae8.

I found 21...Nxg3 22.fg3 Qxg3+ 23.Bg2 Ba6! which might also draw.

interesting, how late in the game 22...c5! when everything was prepared for it.

Jan-13-16  ColdSong: The position after 53...Bg4 is a tablebase draw.
May-27-18  Nerwal: Botvinnik's games and comments are always very interesting but sometimes questionable. Here he criticized the strong but risky 31... ♖c2 in favour of 31... ♖b6 32. ♖a4 ♖b5. Of course, such passive defence can hardly be the right way of dealing with the position. It's the subsequent play in a sharp position which should be criticized, and Botvinnik correctly pointed out that h5 and ♖g2 at move 35 was necessary. In this case Black retains most of the winning chances.
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