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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Lajos Portisch
"Botvinnik and Paid For" (game of the day Feb-12-2009)
Monte Carlo (1968), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 7, Apr-10
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Reversed Dragon (A22)  ·  1-0


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Mar-16-15  Helios727: In the final position, what happens after 26. ... Kf6 ?
Mar-16-15  shivasuri4: <Helios727>, if 26...Kf6, White follows up with 27.Qf4+ Ke6 28.Qf5+ Kd5 (Ke7 loses to Bg5#) 29.Bf7+ Qxf7 30.Nxf7+ and White has an easy win.
Mar-17-15  Moszkowski012273: Not true <shivasuri4> black gets checkmated via 28.Bf7+...
Mar-18-15  shivasuri4: What do you mean by "not true"? 28.Bf7+ also wins after 28...Ke7 29.Qg5#, but there's nothing wrong with the line I've provided.
Mar-18-15  Moszkowski012273: Why mate in twelve when you can mate in four?
Oct-18-15  maseras: what are u thinking about 12...Bd5?
Should Black play 12...f5?
May-07-16  celsochini: TKS AJ!
Aug-09-16  j4jishnu: b. e. a. u. t. y.
Nov-06-16  Tal1949: And who thought Morphy was dead? At least we knew that he was still alive in 1968.

Black certainly composed a defense like some of Morphy's competitors...

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  Fusilli: What a gem. Simply a masterpiece.
Nov-24-17  Toribio3: 10 moves ahead! Botvinnik is a genius human being. During his prime, no computer program yet available in the market, imagine; how deep his mind in critical thinking!
Aug-29-18  paavoh: Simply explosive!
Nov-11-18  Mayankk: I saw Rxf7 and the exciting King hunt if Kxf7 followed by Qc4+.

Unfortunately I didnít know what to do if the sacrifice is rejected. Just too many lines to consider.

Nov-11-18  Walter Glattke: What is the name? Choked or smothered mate by 18.Rxf7 Kxf7 19.Ng5+ Kg8 19.Qc4+ Kh8 and you know the rest. This time without queen sacrifice. 19.-Kg6 20.Qe4+ Kf6 (Kh6 Nf7+ NxQ) 21.Nxh7+ Kf7 22.Qf5+ Kg8 (Ke7 Bg5+ BxQ) 23.Ng5 g6 24.Qf7+ or 23.-Qf6 24.Qh7#
Nov-11-18  Walter Glattke: Finish: queen lose by 24.-Kxh6 25.Qh4+ Kg7 26.Qh7+ Kf8 QxQ or 24.-Kh8 25.Nf7+ Qxf7 or 25.-Kg8 26.Nxe6+ Kh8 NxQ 24.-Kf6 25.Qf4+ Ke6 more difficulty
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  agb2002: Too well known.
Nov-11-18  sfm: Wow. 15.-,Nb8 as White obviously can't take on c7. 16.Rxc7!!
It only makes sense if you have seen it all.
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  catlover: What a beautiful game. Portisch must have thought, "I can't believe Botvinnik took the poisoned pawn on c7. Now his rook is trapped." And then an irresistible attack seems to come out of nowhere.
Nov-11-18  stacase: Considering the situation and puzzle status, 18.Rxf7 was the only thing to do. That Black didn't accept the sacrifice was a surprise. After snatching 3 Pawns, 26.Bxh6+ was a killer. The mate that must follow isn't obvious, but Black is going to lose a lot more material than just the 3 pawns. And His king is really really naked.
Nov-11-18  mbvklc: How did that rook get there?
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  wtpy: I had seen this very famous game, but did not remember Portisch's defense in declining the sac.
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  Marmot PFL: 18 Rxf7 looks pretty simple as taking the rook is impossible 18...Kxf7 19 Qc4+ and everything loses. But this is an old and well known puzzle, harder if it starts on move 17. After declining the sacrifice black has material equality but such a weakened king side that white's attack almost plays itself.
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  messachess: Good one. Not really difficult.
Nov-11-18  DanielBryant: Too well known for a Sunday puzzle IMO.
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