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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Svetozar Gligoric
Tel Aviv ol (Men) fin-A (1964), Tel Aviv ISR, rd 7, Nov-17
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack. Grünfeld Gambit Botvinnik Variation (D83)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: Great fight. But I would like to know what black was planning to play after 11.cxd5 (see diagram).

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The best can be to sacrifice a piece after 11...exf4 12.dxc6 Qe7 13.fxg4 Qxe3+ 14.Be2 Nxg4 15.Nh3 Rad8 16.Qc2 (see diagram)

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which was played in Khalifman vs S Shipov, 2003, but it seems to be that black has not full compensation there and that white is better.

Sep-21-06  euripides: <Honza> Levy's book on Gligoric(which clearly benefited from a lot of input from Gligoric himself) says that Gligoric was planning the piece sacrifice and describes the position after <14 Be2> as 'unclear' and the line as 'critical'. Gligoric's cool nerves in top-flight games benefited him here as in his win over Petrosian in 1970, where he also sacrificed a piece.

Apparently White's 67th (better g5), 70th (better Re4+) and 72nd (better Rxh6) are mistakes; Botvinnik suddenly decided to play for a win. Gligoric made some mistakes earlier. Nonetheless a great game.

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  Benzol: After 11.♗g3 "It is clear that 11.fxg4 exf4 12.cxd5 ♘xd5 suits Black, and I just didn't know what could be achieved with 11.cxd5 exf4 ( now 11...♘xd5 12.♕xd5 ♗d7 doesn't work because of 13.♘xf7! ♖xf7 14.♗c4 and Black is lost ) 12.dxc6 ♕e7 with a strong attack for the sacrificed piece." - Gligoric in 'I Play Against Pieces'.
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