Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

There is a clue unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
Please see this announcement for some updates.
(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Mikhail Botvinnik vs Miguel Najdorf
Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-A (1954), Amsterdam NED, rd 7, Sep-19
English Opening: Symmetrical. Mecking Variation (A39)  ·  1-0


explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Botvinnik/Najdorf games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
May-21-06  aw1988: b6? spells disaster for Black after g4 according to some of my old analysis. Nh6! is correct.
Jul-19-10  binno: b6 seems to me not a disaster. I look to 36...b5. I think that the more intuitive 36... a5 is better.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Botvinnik mentions in his annotations that both he and Najdorf overlooked 31.Ne8+, followed by 32.Nxd6, but that had he noticed this possibility, he'd have probably rejected it as he believed that after 32....Nxd6 33.Re8+ Rxe8 34.Qxd1 Re4, his win would be more difficult than in the actual game.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: The positional squeeze starts after 14...Nd8. Najdorf never manages to give that knight a future again. Another Botvinnik masterpiece.
Feb-14-12  drukenknight: 38...Rb3+ seems a more natural move for this stage.
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <English Opening: Symmetrical. Mecking Variation>

H.Mecking was born in 1952, and in '54 already had a variation named after him? Talking about Precocious :-)

Feb-10-14  Nerwal: Botvinnik's choice of 31. ♖e3 shows his high-class judgement; black cannot do anything of his queenside majority in this endgame. Still it may not be stronger and easier than 31. ♘e8+ ♔g8 32. ♘xd6 ♘xd6 33. ♖e8+ ♖xe8 34. ♕xd1 ♖e4 after 35. ♕d3 (Δ ♕a6 and countering ♖xf4 by ♕g3). A direct attack on the king with 31. h4 Δ h5 also comes into consideration and seems quite awkward for black to meet. In addition, Ken Neats (and computer) pointed out that his annotation "30... h6 is bad (...) because of 31. ♖e7!" missed the crushing blow 31. gxh6+ (again this tactical pattern). It would seem that in this highly favourable position Botvinnik considered any kind of tactical solution as unwelcomed complications (and the discovered attack on the queen probably as nothing more than a cheap trick).
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <brankat: <English Opening: Symmetrical. Mecking Variation>

H.Mecking was born in 1952, and in '54 already had a variation named after him? Talking about Precocious :-)>

To think Tal and Fischer are known as geniuses.....

May-15-18  Toribio3: Botvinnik is a human being gifted with enormous talent who can think even beyond the depth of the blue sea.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
by genie9
Botvinnik - English.
from The Art of Chess ! by arielbekarov
KORCHNOI Position #4: Top Player Games
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Botvinnik's Best Games 1947-1970
by uglybird
sk.sen's favorite games3
by sk.sen
English Opening: Symmetrical. Mecking Variation
from deniznba's favorite games by deniznba
Game 569
from Max Euwe - From Steinitz to Fischer, Part 2 by Chessdreamer
The powerful rook
from Instructive Endgames by Cushion
Best of Botvinnik
from 1954 Chess Olympiad by chessmoron
Game 100
from Das Schachgenie Botwinnik (Suetin) by Chessdreamer
cm3jss' favorite games
by cm3jss
from Lumer119's Game Collection by Lumer119
by Malacha
Botvinnik !
from One has to have at least two plans .... by arielbekarov
Game 569
from Max Euwe - From Steinitz to Fischer, Part 2 by demirchess
jMisc Games
by jungol
Art of War's favorite games 7
by Art of War

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC