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Alexander Kotov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
"In Soviet Russia..." (game of the day Jul-31-2010)
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 6, Feb-19
Semi-Slav Defense: Romih Variation (D46)  ·  0-1
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Jul-31-10
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  Garech: Very nice endgame from Botvinnik. I have to say I find Kotov's play a bit uninspired though, even a bit simple-minded! I know he's a famous old school GM and all - but 15. f4? and 39. bxa4? really stand out as appaling patzer-like moves.
Jul-31-10  jussu: I wonder why didn't white claim draw after 37. Qf2...
Jul-31-10  ILoveFruits: in soviet russia...
fruits love...
you...
Jul-31-10
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  Once: <jussu> I don't see a draw that can be claimed after 37. Qf2. There is no perpetual check and there hasn't been a threefold repetition of the position. White might offer a draw by shuttling his queen between e2 and f2, but black almost certainly would not have taken it.
Jul-31-10  SuperPatzer77: <Once: Truly beautiful. After 61. exd4 we get to this position>

<Once>: Yes, indeed! Beautiful endgame combination by Mikhail Botvinnik!!!

We've gotta tip our hats off to Mikhail Botvinnik!

SuperPatzer77

Jul-31-10
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  kevin86: The passed pawn overcame the bishops of opposite colors. In the end,since black denied white access to the queening square as well as most of the g-file,the pawn WILL queen.
Jul-31-10
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  thegoodanarchist: Can anyone explain any pun in the title? Is this a line from a movie or something.

Please spare the obvious "explanation" that these two players were Soviets!

Jul-31-10  goodevans: <Once: <jussu> I don't see a draw that can be claimed after 37. Qf2. There is no perpetual check and there hasn't been a threefold repetition of the position...>

Actually there had. Check the position after white's 33rd, 35th and 37th moves.

Jul-31-10  hms123: <thegoodanarchist> Try this: http://everything2.com/title/In+Sov...
Jul-31-10  felixd: In Soviet Russia...

Law breaks you!

http://www.meh.ro/original/2010_03/...

Jul-31-10  scormus: <33, 35, 37th> Good Heavens, so there was a 3-rep. I missed it too.

Once B's WSB got onto e4, B had a clear edge. Great play from the former World Champ initiative to take the initiative.

I much prefer to play through a game like this than have it as a puzzle.

Jul-31-10
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  Once: <goodevans> <thegoodanarchist> You are of course both right! Humble apologies.
Jul-31-10
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  chrisowen: In Soviet Russia...

me se11 House Catfish in tank...

Both Open it door domain...

often traded Guns Ammo...

Aug-01-10  SuperPatzer77: After 65...Bd5+, White resigns in lieu of 66. Kf2 Kf4, 67. Bc1+ Ke4, 68. Kg2 Be6 (Black's bishop has to protect Black's h-pawn), 69. Bb2 Kd3!, 70. d5 h3+, 71. Kg3 Bd7 (blocking the advancing White d-pawn), 72. Be5 Kc2, 73. Kf3 b2, 74. Bxb2 (forced) Kxb2 (now White will eventually lose his own d-pawn and the game) 0-1

SuperPatzer77

Feb-03-12  Riverbeast: How to win these opposite color B endgames?

This is what Every Russian Schoolboy Knows!

Jul-26-12  vinidivici: <DarthStapler: I didn't get it> If u know the theory it's quite really simple.
Dvoretsky put this game in one of his book with full explanations.

59...g5!!
The point to make sure white bishop CAN'T protect the h4 pawn. So when white 60.fxg5, the king will move to g3 and claim the h4 pawn BUT NOT YET.

After 60.fxg5
60...d4+ The point is to protect b3 pawn with bishop After that white will claim the h4 pawn. Here we goes, black got 2 passed pawns the h5 and b3 pawns.

White also has 2 passed pawns but his king obliged to guard black b3 pawn and white bishop guarding the SINGLE g8-h2 DIAGONAL so white passed pawns have no power to make promotion.

Thats a common tactics what Botvinnik had done. I myself need to 10 minutes to solve it until move 61 for black only to fall to 61...Kg4 trap. It would be a draw in view 62.d5 Bxd5 63.Bf2

Sep-01-14  Xeroxx: Monday Puzzle after 59.c5.

Black To Move and Win.

Dec-03-14  pjanda: 61. ... Kg3 (61. ... Kg4? 62. d5 Bd5 63. Bf2= )
Nov-08-15
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  zydeco: 41.Qg3 would have been a significant improvement on what Kotov played. If 41....Kf7 then 42.Qh4.
Nov-09-15  Everett: <-26-12 vinidivici: <DarthStapler: I didn't get it> If u know the theory it's quite really simple. Dvoretsky put this game in one of his book with full explanations.>

Oh, I see, it is simple once you have a famous teacher explain it to you in a book. Got it.

May-13-16  tigreton: A beautiful example of how far separated passed pawns are much stronger than other factors -even the own bishop- in this kind of endgames.
May-13-16  Petrosianic: The simple explanation is just "Cut the King off", after which point it becomes a simple Overloaded Piece scenario.
Jun-05-16  Timi Timov: User: Xeroxx that isn't for sure a Monday Puzzle
Jun-05-16  Timi Timov: I guess, the move after 59. Bc5 would be a nice Saturday Puzzle
Jul-17-17
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  offramp: One of Botvinnik's best games, and an endgame classic.
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