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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Karl Robatsch
"Knight Fever" (game of the day May-22-12)
Amsterdam (1966)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0
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Apr-13-09  notyetagm: 24 ... ♕d6-d5?

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25 ♖f7xg7! <remove the guard: f6>

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25 ... ♘e6x♖g7?? 26 ♘e4-f6+ <knight fork>

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Apr-13-09  notyetagm: Game Collection: Centralized knights kill

24 ♘c3xe4

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Oct-27-09  gurugulab123: rook on seventh rank serves two purposes....positions the queen out of defence and simultaeneously attacks along with the knights and queen...brilliant combo!!
May-22-12  sevenseaman: 'Knight Fever'! Resignation indeed is in order! The K hobbles to its doom in a few moves;

26. Qg3+ Kf8 27. Qf3+ Kg7 28. Qf7+ Kh8 29. Qxe8+ Kg7 30. Qf7+ Kh6 31. Ng4#

May-22-12  DanielBryant: Sometimes a move only catches your attention because it's needed as a desperado. That doesn't make it any less cool.
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  al wazir: Is the obvious win of as ♙, 15. Nxe5, bad for white? After 15...Bf5 16. f3, with 17. Qb3 to follow, what does black have?
May-22-12  sofouuk: <al wazir>the point is that black is 'threatening' Ba6 winning the exchange, hence Qa4 to keep the bishop off the diagonal. but white could have played 15 Qxe4!? Qxe4 16 Ncxe4! (not the other one) Ba6 17 Nd6! Red8 18 N6c4 (rybka) winning a pawn

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not winning yet but black's compensation is dubious

May-22-12  Paraconti: Timely title for 'Game Of The Day'. RIP Robin!
May-22-12  Casseb: "<AdrianP>: 26 ... Kh8 27. Nf7++ 26 ... Kg8 27. Nf6+ (picking up the Q)
26 ... Kf8 27. Rf1+ Ke7 28. Qh4+ (and mate's coming up) 26 ... Kh6 27. Nf7+ Kh5 28. Nf6++"


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  kevin86: donna summer and Robin Gibb-is there a third to come?

Maybe he/she will die of a "night fever".

May-22-12  JohnBoy: <sofouuk: ... white could have played 15 Qxe4!?> Why does black play 15...Qxe4 here? Why not 15...Ba6 directly?
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  HeMateMe: "Hey Misha! You gonna dance, tonight?"
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  parisattack: As every Russian schoolboy knows - Mikhail Botvinnik played some of his finest games after he lost the title to Petrosian.
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  ray keene: <Paris Attack> absolutely correct including wins v smyslov, petrosian himself, keres, spassky, portisch, larsen, taimanov, stein, polugaievsky, matulovic, benko, matanovic, lombardy..and a missed win v geller after a magnificent strategic masterpiece.
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  parisattack: <Ray Keene> I am not familiar with the Geller loss (cite, please?) but I do remember the heartbreaking loss to Petrosian with the English in 1964; blundered on last move of a won ending.
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  Benzol: <parisattack> This might be the game in question. Botvinnik vs Geller, 1966

IMHO Botvinnik certainly had the better of it.

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  parisattack: <Benzol> Wow, thanks. Don't think I've seen it before (or don't recall - also a possibility at my age :)).
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  ray keene: botvinnik defeated petrosian in a staggering strategic masterpiece in 1964-it was in 1966 that he threw away the win and then lost by a tactical blunder. both great fighting games-interestingly both these botvinnik games v petrosian were English type flank openings-if botvinnik had used those as white in the 1963 match v petrosian, instead of beating his head against a brick wall with the wueens gambit, botvinnik might have retained his title.
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  ray keene: sorry typo in last post -queens gambit not wueens gambit !!
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  parisattack: Yes, you are correct - the loss was a 1966 Team game. There is a YouTube of someone who was there discussing the game tho I cannot latch onto it at the moment.
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  ray keene: i think the utube report was taken down
May-25-12  sofouuk: <JohnBoy: <sofouuk: ... white could have played 15 Qxe4!?> Why does black play 15...Qxe4 here? Why not 15...Ba6 directly?>15 Qxe4!? Ba6!? 16 Qxc6 Rac8 17 Qa4 Bxf1 18 Rxf1

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two central pawns for the exchange, and difficult to open files for the rooks. rybka has it at about +0.5, again a bit better than what white played in the game

Aug-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Botvinnik vs Robatsch, 1966.
Your score: 43 (par = 33)


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  yiotta: It's odd that Botvinnik is almost never mentioned on player's lists of favorites.
Aug-10-14  Retireborn: <yiotta> Depends which players; both Botvinnik and Smyslov had a strong influence on the generation of players born in the 50s eg Jan Timman (and Ray Keene, as his comments on this game show.)
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