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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Hans Ree
Hoogovens (1969), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-15
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22)  ·  1-0


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Mar-13-07  ChessDude33: What!? Why on earth has no one kibitzed on this game?? The way Botvinnik performs his queenside attack is remarkable and he even manages to find a nice exchange sac to help finish it off. Not all games need a Kingside attack to be exicting i guess=).
Jul-15-09  Rubenchik: Good queenside attack
Aug-05-09  percyblakeney: Ree writes about Botvinnik in NIC 4/2009 and mentions this game in an interesting if not entirely uncritical article that contains some anecdotes. When Botvinnik and Polugaevsky played a consultation game against Keres and Prins, Botvinnik remarked that the game was unfair since they were playing four hands against one, with Keres having to use one arm to keep Prins away from the board.
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  wordfunph: "Botvinnik had methodically piling up against a pawn weakness that spread gloom and doom over my whole position. The popular annotation 'the rest is a matter of technique' could have been inserted around move 15."

- GM Hans Ree (in NIC Magazine 2009 #4)

Feb-16-13  BUNA: Nice final position.
Ree resigned because of 41.Qc4 Kf8 (otherwise Rxd7) 42.Bxg7+
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  keypusher: <BUNA: Nice final position.
Ree resigned because of 41.Qc4 Kf8 (otherwise Rxd7) 42.Bxg7+>

If 41....Rd8, White can just push the a-pawn. Fine game by the old Soviet supervillain.

Sep-30-15  cunctatorg: 41. Qc4 Be8 42. d7
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  keypusher: Position after 25.bxa5:

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Ree played 25....Bc5, allowing Botvinnik's exchange sacrifice. But if 25.Bxa5 26.Bxa5 Rxa5 27.Rxc7 Bxa4, then 28.Rc8! wins.

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  keypusher: Another nice variation: after 27.Qxc5, if 27....Bxa4, then 28.Qc4! Be8 29.d6+ Rf7 30.dxc7! Qxd2 31.Bxb7 and Black, temporarily a rook ahead, is helpless.
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