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Yuri Balashov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Training Game (1970), ?, Mar-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Fianchetto Defense (B14)  ·  0-1
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Jun-30-06
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  WannaBe: Shredder says 13. Qa3 was better than 13. Bxa4. By 13. Bxa4 Nxa4 14. Nxa4 white can't bring the c3 knight to e2 to block the check.
Sep-24-07  hahaha123: if 13. Qa3, doesn't ...re8+ followed by ...bf8 trap the queen?
Sep-24-07  Shams: <hahaha123> nope, 13...Re8+ 14.Bxe8 Qxe8+ and with the queen off the d-file white can meet ...Bf8 with d5-d6.
Dec-26-07
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  hesyrett: After 13 ♕a3 Black has 13...♖a5 Δ 14...♖xb5 15 ♘xb5 ♕e8+ netting two pieces for the Rook.  If White takes on a4 the combo in the game still works.  If White tries 13 ♕b4 then 13...a3! 14 bxa3 ♘xd5 15 ♘xd5 ♕xd5 Δ 16...♖d8 followed by 17...♗f8.  This last line may be the best White can do on move 13, but Black still has an edge based on his initiative, the two Bishops and the weakness of White's QP.
Aug-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Balashov vs Botvinnik, 1970.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF BOTVINNIK.
Your score: 25 (par = 16)

LTJ

Aug-27-12  MarkFinan: LTJ, I just played this game on GTM.
I kind of cheated as I half remember It because I played through this game about 4 month ago, but I still couldn't beat your score of 25!

Did you actually get the a5-a4 moves correct??
And what If white had played 13.Nxa4, blacks 14..Qe8+ doesn't win a piece, so I missed that too..

I scored 21, my previous score was 16..

Aug-27-12  hms123: <LTJ> <MarkFinan>

If <13.Nxa4> then <13....Nxa4 14.Bxa4 Qa5+>


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Aug-27-12  MarkFinan: Ahhh, of course <hms123>! I would have seen that from whites perspective, I have really bad disorientation playing with the black pieces In 2D, especially lately.. Thanks for pointing that out because I wouldn't have seen that.. I didn't see what black was getting at when he played a5 though! :)
Mar-12-14  yureesystem: Even IMs make blunders, Balashov had a bad day, thank God it was only a training game and not tournament game.
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