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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Lothar Schmid
EUR-chT (Men) 3rd (1965), Hamburg FRG, rd 6, Jun-11
Old Indian Defense: Two Knights Variation (A54)  ·  0-1


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Oct-12-07  Turbo.Abraham: After 16...Ne5, the box of knights is aesthetically pleasing
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This game is a good find for a few reasons, starting with the fact that it's a pretty big upset. For me, the most curious moment is 22...Qxe6, where Schmid says, please please please take the Exchange, and Botvinnik replies that he would rather sacrifice the pawn. Black will probably gain a second pawn, the one on c4, and it appears that White felt a bit nervous about the Black Knights working together. Overall, pretty good game.
Oct-13-07  parisattack: <An Englishman:> A tip of the hat and a yard of Ale to you, Englishman! If taking the exchange is no good then everything starting with 20. Ne6 or even 18. b4 must be off.

The formations with pawns e4, f4 & e5, f5 are complex - but Botvinnik should know them from his variation of the English and all the Closed Sicilians with Smyslov.

(I'm guessing the Chessbase article is what sent everyone scurrying to these games.)

Dec-12-09  ToTheDeath: Actually if 23.Bxa8? Nxg3+! 24.hxg3 Qh3+ 25.Kg1 Ng4 gives Black a crushing attack.

Really nice game by Lothar.

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  whiteshark: The game is vid-annotated by IM Andrew Martin, here:
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