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Svetozar Gligoric vs Mikhail Botvinnik
EUR-chT (Men) 3rd (1965), Hamburg FRG, rd 8, Jun-14
Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-18-02  Sylvester: Gligoric's sealed move forced the former World Champion to resign. 41…bxc6 42. B6 Qb7 43. Ra2. He says this opening is the Caro-Kann Modern Defense.
Dec-18-02  PVS: Will you abandon this book if you get a new one on Christmas?
Dec-18-02  Sylvester: Well, I planned to study one player at a time, but this game was the last of the 1. e4 openings. There are over 100 games left. That's a lot of games to play through. My sister suggested I just study the games where Gligoric is black since I never play 1. d4, but I still have to play black against it. Plus I will get a new book for Christmas like you said.
Dec-18-02  PVS: Have you posted comments on all the King's Pawn Opening games in the book?
Dec-19-02  Sylvester: No, this is game 27, but not all 27 games were in the files. The ones in the files I put up after I played through them by myself. Then I read the kabitizs by everyone else. On weekends my Pop played through the games with me that were not here.
Dec-19-02  PVS: This sounds like a good way to proceed.
Mar-04-06  Maynard5: The opening play is very unusual here. Botvinnik's attempt to create an unbalanced position by 12. ... g5 clearly gives White the advantage. After move 17, Black has weak pawns on d5 and f5. Gligoric is able to post his bishop actively on d4, protecting the e-pawn and preparing the subsequent advance on the queenside. Meanwhile, 30. Rf1f2 and later 37. Rbf2 parry all of Black's threats on the g-file. 41. c6 is decisive, creating a passed pawn on the b-file. For instance, after 41. ... bxc6, 42. b6 Qb7 43. Ra2 Rxa2 44. Qxa2 c5 45. Bxc5, Black must lost at least the exchange.
Mar-04-06  RookFile: See how a top GM knows how to exploit his advantage. Look at the position after 28... Qe6. A lot of amatuers would be scheming about king side attacks, or schemes to win the f pawns. But that's not where white's advantage really lies. Gligoric realizes he needs just enough kingside play to keep black honest over there... meantime, he gets his queenside pawns rolling.

There isn't a whole lot black can do about this.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Botvinnik said in his memoirs that Gligorić “played superbly” in this game. Botvinnik respected Gligorić as a genuine “researcher”, high praise from Botvinnik.
Oct-14-10  ughaibu: I think that Gligoric was just taking the piss. His play was even more ostentatiously Botvinniky than Botvinnik's ever was. Embodied nostalgia.
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  TheFocus: From the European Team Championship, Hamburg 1965.
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