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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Milan Vidmar
"The Invincible Iron Man" (game of the day May-08-2008)
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 13, Aug-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Variation (D60)  ·  1-0

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May-08-08
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  al wazir: 19...g6 20. Bxf6 Nxf6 21. Nxf7 Rxf7 22. Bxf7+ Kxf7 23. Qxh7+ Ke8 24. Qxf6+, and white has ♖+3♙ vs. ♗+♘.
May-08-08  TiTi: I don't understand the last few rook moves...it's just en pris. What gives?
May-08-08  Kwesi: 23...Qxd6 24.Qxc7+

24...Qxd7 25.Qxd7 and the rook on f7 is pinned

May-08-08  kellmano: The rook imitates a pawn to wrap up the game.

<TiTi> It's not on prise in the final position, as black's rook is pinned and its defended by the white queen. On move 23 black cannot captured as his own rook on c8 would fall with check.

May-08-08
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  kevin86: A good behind-the-scenes look by Alekhine.

Black was involved in petty doing on the queen side while white placed his pieces deep into the black king side.

May-16-08
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  patzer2: After the weak 19...Qd6?, instead of 19...Rc7 to maximize resistance, White sets up a winning discovered attack and pin with 20. Nxf7! and the forcing moves which follow.

If 21...Nxf6, then either 22. Rxf6! gxf6 23. Qxc8+ or 22. Bxf7+ Kxf7 23. Rxf6+ Bxf6 24. Qxc8+ yield a winning discovered attack with check for White.

Aug-05-08  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 19...Qd6, 19..Rc7 removes the R from the attack of the White Q on the h3-c8 diagonal.
Oct-03-09  promote2pawn: how would 7.Rc1 prevent 7..c5?
Oct-03-09
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  keypusher: <promote2pawn>

7. Rc1 c5 8. dxc5 uncovers a triple attack on the d-pawn. If then 8....h6 9. Bxf6 Nxf6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Be2 Bxc5 12. Nxd5 uncovers an attack by the rook on the bishop.

Oct-09-09  promote2pawn: thanks Key pusher.
But where is the advantage over. 8.. Nxc5
Oct-09-09
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  keypusher: <promote2pawn>

If 8...Nxc5 then either 9. Bxf6 or 9. cxd5 wins a pawn, e.g. 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nxd5 Nxd5 11. Bxe7 Nxe7 12. Qxd8 Rxd8 13. Rxc5.

Oct-12-09  promote2pawn: thanks key pusher
Jan-21-10  KingG: <ughaibu> <This is another game I always felt was modelled on one of Lasker's.> I think the similarity with Stahlberg vs Capablanca, 1935 is even more striking.
Jan-21-10  ughaibu: I see what you mean, and that's a game that Botvinnik would've seen.
Jan-21-10  KingG: Yes, strange that it's not pointed out more often. Maybe if Stahlberg had found the win in that game, it would be in all the textbooks instead of this one.
Aug-19-10  sevenseaman: The last two Rook moves by Botvinnik are the best I've seen.
Sep-17-10  jmactas: Ouch, black just lost a rook for nothing.
Nov-02-11  kostich in time: It was at the Nottingham awards banquet that Dr. Vidmar said of Botvinnik that he wished he could have accomplished what Botvinnik had accomplished in Chess, to which Botvinnik replied that he wished that he could accomplish what Vidmar had accomplished in engineering.
Jul-10-12  freeman8201: 7. Bd3 never kicked off any theory eh? It's called the Botvinnik varaition but when I click on "find similar games" I only see one game where he plays it. On top of that, you don't find too many games either. I imagine people like the Rubeinstein better.
Jul-10-12
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  keypusher: <freeman8201: 7. Bd3 never kicked off any theory eh? It's called the Botvinnik varaition but when I click on "find similar games" I only see one game where he plays it. On top of that, you don't find too many games either. I imagine people like the Rubeinstein better.>

Here are 311. Five by Botvinnik. Of course the move was fashionable for decades before Botvinnik started playing it.

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Sep-22-12  bystander: 16)..♘bd5x. What if black captures with the other knight, e.g. 16)...♘fd5x 17) ♗e7x ♕e7x 18) f4 f6 19) ♘c4 f5 20) ♘e5? At least the advance of the white pawn is stopped.
Feb-24-15  Cactusjuice: Amazing calculating ability
Oct-25-17  Toribio3: Botvinnik is akin to a " Mozart" of Chess. The coordination of his pieces is very precise.
Sep-01-18  1d410: I think Botvinnik is actually even more than a Mozart of chess as he was extremely innovative as well as elegant.
Apr-23-20
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  fredthebear: The reader may wish to compare the QGD Botvinnik Variation 7.Bd3 to the Opening of the Day Rubinstein Attack 7.Qc2.
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