|Nov-27-05|| ||KingG: Nice to see a Botvinnik variation. I don't like 11...Bb7 though. I think after 11.g3, you should play either 11...Qa5 or 1...Rg8.|
The decisive mistake seems to have been 26...Nxc1?. Probably 26.Qxe4 was better, although Black was worse anyway.
|Nov-27-05|| ||alicefujimori: I suggest 26...Qxe4. For example, 26...Qxe4 27.Nxe4 Nxc1 28.Rxd7 Ne2+ 29.Kf1 c3! 30.Kxe2 c2 31.Rd1! cxd1=Q+ 32.Kxd1 and we have a rook+3pawns VS a knight and 5 pawns. However, whether Black could stop those White knigside pawns is a question.|
|Nov-27-05|| ||acirce: 15.dxc5 is an interesting deviation from the usual lines with 15.d5. In his <The Botvinnik Semi-Slav> Steffen Pedersen recommends 16..Bxg2 and then:|
17.Kxg2 Bxh6! 18.h4 <18.Bxh6 Rxh6 19.a4 (19.Qf3!?) 19..b4 20.Ne4 Nxe4 21.Qxe4 Qb7 22.Qxb7+ Kxb7 23.Rac1 Rd4 24.Rfd1 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Kc6 leads to an unclear ending according to Tal. This is one of those endings where, despite being a pawn up, White must take great care owing to Black's queenside pawns.>
18..Bxg5 19.hxg5 Qc6+ 20.f3 Rh5! <A precise move; after, for example, 20..Rdg8, Black would be in trouble in view of 21.Rh1!>
21.a4 b4 22.Nb5 <This occurred in Timman vs Tal, 1988 .> I give the rest of the analysis on that page.
|Nov-27-05|| ||Ezzy: <acirce - 20..Rh5!A precise move; after, for example, 20..Rdg8, Black would be in trouble in view of 21.Rh1!> Unless I have missed something, I do not see why black is in trouble after 21 Rh1. Eg 21 Rh1 Rxh1 22 Rxh1 Rxg5 23 Rh8+ Kb7 24 Rh7 Kc7 and I don't see any trouble whatsoever for black.|
|Nov-29-05|| ||Gypsy: <29...c3 30.Nd8! c2 31.f7 c1Q+ 32.Kg2 Qc5 33.f8Q! Qxf8 34.Nxc6 Qc5 35.Rxa7+ Qxa7 36.Nxa7 Kxa7 37.h4 ... > is the main variation, I reckon. And <32...Rc8 33.f8Q Qc3> (must prevent Qf3+) <34.Qf7 Qa3> (must prevent Qf3+ and Rxa7+) <35.Nc6 ... >, also fails to save the game. But I wish White did not threw his towel in so early: For aesthetic and/or educational reasons he could have played on a few moves more. Now I am left realy curious if this conclusion is what Bareev actually had in mind.|
Btw, could someone run a sanity check on these variations -- for accuracy and/or crisper solution?