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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
13th olm final A (1958), Munich FRG, rd 8, Oct-19
Modern Defense: Averbakh System. Kotov Variation (A42)  ·  1-0


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Dec-28-04  Whitehat1963: Sitting champion employs the opening of the day to beat the player of the day. One of Botvinnik's better games, surprised no one has kibitzed about this one.
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  beatgiant: <Whitehat1963>:
<surprised no one has kibitzed about this one.> A very smooth positional win by Botvinnik. It's hard to see exactly how to improve for Black to save this after the opening. For example, 13...c5 14. dxc6(e.p.) Bxc6 15. 0-0-0 Ne8 16. Rdf1 also looks uncomfortable for Black.

We need someone who knows this opening to kibitz here.

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  beatgiant: A possible slight improvement for Black is 16...Nxe4 17. fxe4 a5 18. c6 Bc8. This continuation would close the d3-h7 diagonal and so avoid the attack Botvinnik used in the game.

White would still have a big space advantage and would probably eventually try to take advantage of the weakness of Black's queenside.

After 16...a5? as actually played, I don't see any real hope for Black to save the game.

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  beatgiant: Someone who knows this opening may correct me, but at first glance the last chance for Black to get a decent position is 11...gxf5. By keeping the pawn structure more fluid, Black has some chances of activating his pieces. For example, 11...gxf5 12. g3 c5 13. dxc6(e.p.) bxc6 14. 0-0-0 Ne8. Black's pawn structure is weak, but at least it is not frozen as in the game.
Mar-23-07  benba57: I agree with beatgiant: three years later. It seems that even good players today don't have anything to say about the basics of the modern.
Dec-13-08  Rubenchik: Instructive game
Nov-13-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Botvinnik vs C H Alexander, 1958
Your score: 69 (par = 63)


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