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Mikhail Botvinnik vs William James Lombardy
13th olm final A (1958), Munich FRG, rd 1, Oct-11
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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May-01-08  RookFile: I have a fondness for these types of systems where black is willing to trade queens, yet give up the right to castle. It's tough to win these with white.
May-01-08  JuliusCaesar: A fantastic game. Lombardy plays extremely well to earn the draw.
Jan-09-12  Lobster: A very instructive game. Lombardy's only mistake, as he himself has written, was 33 ... axb6. 33...Kb7 would have won a piece for some worthless pawns.
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  paulalbert: GM Lombardy discusses this game extensively in his new book "Understanding Chess". He wanted to play on, definitely thinking he had advantage, but because of situation versus Soviet team ( draw meant match draw for U.S. )team captain Spann insisted he offer draw which Botvinnik immediately accepted as he was pondering what move to seal for adjournment.
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  Penguincw: Botvinnik's king was safe in this game, since it never received any checks.
Oct-22-17  Albanius: After 31..Kb7!
32 Bb5! cxd4 (or ..Re7 33 Nb3 saving the piece)

33 Bxe8 dxe3
34 Bxf7 Nxf7
W ends up with a R+P for two pieces

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