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nexus IQP position
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Botvinnik prepared by studying structures which arise from multiple openings. The main structure which Botvinnik studied was the Panov. I don't know if this exact position was one that he studied, but it seems to be a transpositional nexus for many openings which result in IQP positions.


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The (1 e4) Caro-Kann Panov is the most common route to this tabiya. However, this tabiya is classified within the (1 d4) Semi-Tarrasch. There are myriad move orders to reach the position, including lines of the following openings: Sicilian Alapin, English Symmetrical, Slav Exchange, Scandinavian. Some examples of players who have followed the main line continuation from the nexus IQP position most frequently on the White side are Judit Polgar and Jovan Petronic. On the Black side we see the Caro-Kann adherents Anatoly Karpov, Allan Stig Rasmussen, and especially Eduard Meduna. These games all reach the same position after seven complete moves.

Botvinnik himself! and pg 259 of Pawn Structure Chess by Soltis
Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1947 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

Sicilian, Smith-Morra Declined
V Cibulka vs M Bobotsov, 1966 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 35 moves, 0-1

Panov Caro-Kann
Lasker / Wolf vs Allies, 1934 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 44 moves, 0-1

Accelerated Panov
Z von Balla vs Szabo, 1940
(B10) Caro-Kann, 49 moves, 1-0

Semi-Tarrasch
Najdorf vs J Salas Romo, 1945
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 52 moves, 1-0

Symmetrical English order reaches nexus
R W L Moberly vs R Johannes, 1970
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

A30
Kavalek vs Sax, 1975
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Accelerated Panov
A Sokolov vs L Christiansen, 1986 
(B01) Scandinavian, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

heading says Scandinavian Panov transfer
A Sokolov vs A V Kharitonov, 1990 
(B01) Scandinavian, 28 moves, 1-0

Symmetrical English
Balashov vs Lputian, 1991
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 76 moves, 1-0

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