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Henrique Mecking vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Hastings (1966/67), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Jan-04
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Warsaw Variation (A88)  ·  0-1


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Apr-17-02  bishop: Botvinnik manouvered his knights smartly,forcing Mecking to give up his kings' bishop for one of them, play In the semi-open position that followed favored the bishops.The vulnerability of the d5 pawn contributed to Whites' downfall.
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  Benzol: This game is a joy to observe, Botvinnik just takes control.
Dec-06-04  drukenknight: the Dutch, it's not dead. It's, it's sleeping. Yeah, that's it. It's sleeping.
Apr-24-07  Helios727: Didn't Botvinnik retire after losing the crown in 1963?
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  Benzol: Botvinnik still played in tournaments until he retired in 1970 but he didn't participate in further events for the World Crown although he was automatically seeded into the 1965 candidates as ex-champion as the return match clause had been abolished.
Jul-06-09  Sir Geoffrey: If you're playing as Black and badly needed to win, then play 3...f5 as the former world chess champion did. Of course Black could also play 3...Nf6 which could transpose into a Gruenfeld defence. Both moves of which put pressure on e4.
Dec-29-10  jerseybob: Sir Geoffrey: 3..Nf6 would transpose to a King's Indian. It would only become a Grunfeld if black added a further d5.
Sep-01-11  druknight: I think Mecking messes this up around move 40. It's not in the chesslab database so dont have a computer handy, but the problem seems to be Rook vs King. white can build a fort but blacks B makes this problematical, but in any event white doesnt need the g pawn and must dispose it.

For blacks K it is more a question of corresponding squares vs white Rook. One of space...

It's odd, a fortress, a disposable pawn, space....

what if Mecking goes 40 Rf8 Bf3 41 g4...

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  keypusher: <druknight>

<40.Rf8 Bf3 41.g4> then 41...h4, right?

Sep-02-11  tonsillolith: Why not <36...Bf3 37. Rf7#>?
Sep-03-11  druknight: keypush: I guess then 42 g5 is kinda forced...? [disclaimer: no computers were used in the making of this move]
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  Calli: 22.Qa3? seems to be the culprit. He could have continued as he did later with 22.Qxa7 Bxb2 23.Rxd5 Bxd5 and Black does not have Ra4 etc.
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  keypusher: <druknight: keypush: I guess then 42 g5 is kinda forced...? [disclaimer: no computers were used in the making of this move]>


Sep-03-11  druknight: How I get myself involved in Meckings problems? Now I have to set this up...
Sep-04-11  druknight: ok yeah there seems no way to saeve him at that pt.

Look at move 34 he needs to add pressure to white's K as he is slight material disadvantage. Although Ra1 looks natural it is not the most direct. What if:

34 Rd4 Bf5
35 Nb4

in order to put N on d5 to hit K and pawn and keep the K at bay. Does that work?

Oct-04-11  screwdriver: druknight, no that does not work. If white plays 33 Rd4, black simply responds with 33...Rb1+ 34.Kh2 Bf3, defending the e4 square and threatening mate with 35.Rh1#.
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  HeMateMe: Wow, Hastings 1066! I knew Botvinnik was a grisled veteran, but I had no idea!
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