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Mamadzhan Mukhitdinov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
URS 4/163 (1967), Jul-26
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Parma Defense (B08)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: Good performance of old Botvinnik with a pretty finish. If 37.Ke2, then 37...Ng3+ and 38...Qc1#.
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  Gypsy: Botvinnik's combinations are pretty unusual. One wonders how far ahead he was preparing it.
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  Gypsy: Perhaps the last great game of Botvinnik, his farewell?
Jul-09-04  ajit: And if 35...♔d1, 36.♖d3+ ♖d2. 37.♗xd4 ♖xd3. 38.exd3 + -
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  Benzol: Chess Stars Mikhail Botvinnik Games II 1951 - 1970 says that this game was played in the 4th Preliminary Round of the USSR Team Championship. The date given is the 26th of July 1967.
Jul-09-04  ajit: Its THE thing! I do sometimes reach positions with similar finishing potential. If only somebody could hint that I got to play and win, it would become so much simpler knowing that end is near. This puzzle was fairly simple, that is, finding the finshing combination, because I am told that its finishable. That is the thing!
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  ray keene: this game was definitely played in 1967 not 1989.<benzol> is totally correct!
Jul-09-04  John Doe: What if 37. Rf4 blocking the bishop? The king is very vulnerable and material is already decisive. But I can't see the mate.
Jul-09-04  ajit: <John Doe> if 37.♖f4 ♗xf4+. 38.♖xf4 (forced) (otherwise if 38.♔e2 ♘g3+ and mate in 1 with 39....♕c1#) 38...♕xf4+ You are right in that the material is decisive. But doesn't that itself suggest a win.
Jul-09-04  John Doe: what about the escape square f2? (on both occasions)
Jul-09-04  ajit: <John Doe: what about the escape square f2? (on both occasions)> Prolonging the agony! White's material keeps falling and falling... after 38...♗g3+, with either a knight check or a the e pawn push etc...
Jul-09-04  Impala03: really Jon really... what were you thinking damnit
Jul-09-04  AlexKearns: I think that after 37 Rxf4, ...Nxf4 is better than ...Bxf4+. Black is now threatening Nxg2+ winning the bishop or Nd3+ winning the queen. There is no way of defending both. 37...Bxf4+ gives the white king f2 to flee to.
Jul-09-04  EyesofBlue: Man, I totally missed this one. I had a nice little streak going before yesterday and today! <ajit: If only somebody could hint that I got to play and win, it would become so much simpler knowing that end is near.> I totally agree... if sometime could just whisper to me "mate-in-6" every time I was actually mate-in-6, I would be a chess "rock star"!!!
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  kevin86: Nice mating combination! I wasn't looking past the forking possibilities. Ironically,the fork was played-but only trivial to the combination. MB played some great chess-and was underrated in the history of the game. I'm just wondering if he could have beaten Alekhine,if the latter's death had not intervened. I think so!
Jul-09-04  Fulkrum: Ajit, I have to agree with you. I can't count how many times I had a superior position and missed the winning move. Maybe I should get rid of Fritz and embrace blissful ignorance. Alas, after much soul-searching (and wondering if I should just give this game up) I suspect it is just a matter of experience and I will keep playing and reading and playing......
Jul-09-04  dac1990: Botvinnik's last game in the database is Botvinnik vs Sargon, 1983
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  notyetagm: <Honza Cervenka: Good performance of old Botvinnik with a pretty finish. If 37.Ke2, then 37...Ng3+ and 38...Qc1#.>

Yes, a beautiful finish by Botvinnik.

Sep-23-11  Xeroxx: exotic game
Aug-03-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Botvinnik's rook's movements along the fourth rank reminds me of a Xiang Qi (Chinese chess) opening where a rook patrols it's side of the river. Can't help but also be reminded of Lasker's meandering rook on the 4th rank in a game vs Tarrasch. That rook was given up as a desperado sacrifice or swindle that won the day. Here, Botvinnik's rook had a lot of purposeful aims ( attacking/ dispacing the queen, etc etc) and after tiring of it's journey, sacrifices itself to effect checkmate!! Brillant tactics but more brillant strategy. This is Botvinnik!!

p.s. Some decades ago, a friend told me of a Tal game where his rook had a lot of consecutive moves and in the end sac'd itself to win. Is there such a game or was it all analyses? Perhaps this was the game and was not Tal's afterall.

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