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Early Botvinnik masterpieces
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In his youth, Botvinnik cultivated a rather sharp style. In the present collection, I will feature some games that are to be found in Botvinnik's own book ('100 selected games') as well as in Hans Mueller's book on Botvinnik. A remarkable and strange circumstance is that Mueller leaves out both games against Vidmar from the later edition of his book, as well as the 1933 game against Rauzer, although all of those three games rank among Botvinnik's most famous efforts.

Botvinnik's earliest victory over an international master
Botvinnik vs Stoltz, 1926 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs N Grigoriev, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

24. Bc1!
Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1927 
(C16) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik's first REAL masterpiece
I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1927 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 42 moves, 0-1

Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Botvinnik, 1927 
(C00) French Defense, 66 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs V Silich, 1929 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs S B Gotthilf, 1930 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Kan, 1930 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Kan, 1930 
(A84) Dutch, 31 moves, 1-0

Merciless punishment
Botvinnik vs A Batuev, 1930 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Chekhover vs Botvinnik, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Alatortsev, 1931 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Purely positional
Botvinnik vs Alatortsev, 1932 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 46 moves, 1-0

Superb endgame technique - and a study-like finish
Botvinnik vs N Sorokin, 1931 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

The iron grip - and zugzwang in the ending!
Botvinnik vs Kan, 1931 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

Chekhover vs Botvinnik, 1932 
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 34 moves, 0-1

Super-sharp counterattack
Rauzer vs Botvinnik, 1931 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 0-1

Lisitsin vs Botvinnik, 1932 
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Goglidze, 1931 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

Rauzer vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 29 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs G Miasoedov, 1932 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 27 moves, 1-0

Devastation
Botvinnik vs M Yudovich Sr., 1933 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs S Belavenets, 1934 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 25 moves, 1-0

Positional rook sac on d4
S Belavenets vs Botvinnik, 1934 
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1933 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 33 moves, 1-0

Positional Queen sac
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 30 moves, 0-1

Total devastation
Botvinnik vs Alatortsev, 1934 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

Humoresque
Botvinnik vs Spielmann, 1935 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

Precision - but also a brilliancy prize!
Riumin vs Botvinnik, 1935 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

Cat and mouse
Goglidze vs Botvinnik, 1935 
(D90) Grunfeld, 29 moves, 0-1

1st brilliancy prize - but in fact merciless precision
Botvinnik vs Lilienthal, 1936 
(A15) English, 44 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1936 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 57 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tartakower, 1936  
(A15) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

The famous and wild draw against Alekhine!
Alekhine vs Botvinnik, 1936  
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

The game of his life
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(A25) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Sokolsky vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(D94) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Levenfish, 1940 
(A28) English, 27 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Lilienthal, 1941 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1941 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 65 moves, 1-0

Bondarevsky vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 0-1

Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 37 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1944 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 0-1

Tolush vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Denker, 1945 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Stoltz vs Botvinnik, 1946 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1946 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

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