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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Mikhail Tal
Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Return Match (1961), Moscow URS, rd 5, Mar-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack Classical Defense (E48)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Gypsy: What a hell happened? Why did Botvinnik eschew the win (73.Kh1??); does anyone know the story?
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  acirce: Black played 71..Nxe3, not ..Ne5. This makes more sense and is given by most sources, such as which also gives 73..Rg3 instead of ..Rg6
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  Gypsy: <   acirce: Black played 71..Nxe3, not ..Ne5. ...> Thanks, that does make sense; R+N does not defeat R at this level.
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  keypusher: I was baffled at first by 51.Kg3; why not just play Re7 at once? I'll bet you can figure out why not.

Seems like Botvinnik should have won this ending. Has anyone seen it annotated? Like most of their games in this match, it was a quite a battle.

May-30-15  poorthylacine: Why not 51. Kg3 and once, keypusher? Because if then...51..Ne5+! 52.Kg3 Nxc6!, White would be in big danger, my friend!!
May-30-15  poorthylacine: Let's notice that 54...Nxf2 would be bad after 55.Rb7 Nd1 56.Rxb6 Ra2 57.Rb8+ Kf7 58.Rd8! Cxe3 59. Rd7+ Ke6 60. Re7+ winning the black knight...
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