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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Leonid Stein
Moscow (1965)
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Bayreuth Variation (C77)  ·  0-1
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Dec-01-05  tayer: Good win by Stein with an ending with 4 sets of doubled Ps
Feb-14-07
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  perfidious: Wonder whether Tim Krabbe has this one in his record book; I don't believe I've ever seen four sets of doubled pawns before!
Aug-28-12
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  Capacorn: Amazing how Stein was able to turn the tide after being outplayed positionally. Botvinnik “didn’t see the obvious reply” (the ex-world champion’s own words) with 32...gxf3. Who could've guessed at this stage what the resulting endgame was to look like? After 36...Bd7!, “It is remarkable to observe the way in which the defects of black’s position have been transformed into strengths.” (Keene) Indeed.
Aug-28-12  achieve: Indeed an amazing game!

What's interesting is that Timman and Najdorf play a similar opening, 17 years later in 1982 Mar del Plata, where Timman opts for a different (and IMO more elegant and efficient) handling of the transition to-, and direction of,- the middle game. Really a gem, and can be found here:

Timman vs Najdorf, 1982

Feb-11-17  Olavi: Botvinnik's fourth loss in a row; the three last games at the European team ch went before.
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