chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Emanuel Lasker vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 9, Aug-20
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation. Petrosian System (D91)  ·  1/2-1/2

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Annotations by Alexander Alekhine.      [77 more games annotated by Alekhine]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Lasker/Botvinnik games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To see the raw PGN for this game, click on the PGN: view link above.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-01-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  James Demery: A draw between 2 chess giants.
Jan-01-06  Jim Bartle: So Lasker played at least three games against Botvinnik. And there are still a number of active players, such as Korchnoi, Speelman and Larsen, who played against Botvinnik. So with just one intermediate step there's a connection back into the 19th century.
Jan-02-06  Caissanist: Larsen has a direct connection, since he played Ossip Bernstein.
Jan-18-06  erimiro1: After the sealed move was given by Lasker, when the 2 sides where analizing the position, he offerd Botvinik a draw. Botvinik answered, that it's O.K. only if Lasker wrote down a certain move. Lasker answered that he played another move, and he's certain about the draw. But suddenly the sealed move was no longer a secret!. So Botvinik offered Lasker his pocket chess set in order to prevent himself from continue analyzing the position. Lasker refused and said that he completely trust Botvinik. In the end Lasker was right and the game was drawn. Few years later, in Moscow 1941, it was Botvinik who offered a draw to Smyslov, who made the same problematic move (agreed under condition). Again, the sealed move was not the one that Smyslov thought about, but the game was also drawn.
Feb-17-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Botwinnik describes it roughly this way:

The game was adjourned after <36...Bxf8> for the lunch-break.


click for larger view

He (Botvinnik) realised than that black doesn't have any good prospects after a certain move (he couldn't remember which exactly it was. So 20 minutes before resumption of the game he went to Lasker and (he!) offered a draw if that certain move had been sealed.

<Lasker> was a bit embarrassed and <answered that he played another move, and he's certain about the draw. But suddenly the sealed move was no longer a secret!. So Botvinik offered Lasker his pocket chess set in order to prevent himself from continue analyzing the position....>

Apr-22-14  GumboGambit: A game between two WCs, playing a line named after a third, and being annotated by a fourth.
Dec-29-14  bachbartok: In his notes, Alekhine isn't too complimentary, although he concedes that the game is "well played". Botvinnik, on the other hand, is very complimentary of Lasker's play. See his notes in game 17 of The Gruenfeld Defense, which Botvinnik co-authored with Yakov Estrin.
Jul-11-17  RookFile: Lasker's play made sense. Black was able to trade knight for g5 bishop. Therefore Lasker made sure he put his pawns on the dark squares, to improve the prospects of his remaining light squared bishop and to fight for the dark squares too.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
BOTVINNIK"S BEST GAMES VOL 1: 1925-1941
by Malacha
Across the generations
by Minor Piece Activity
All Hail Emanuel
by iron maiden
Round 9
from Nottingham 1936 by Hesam7
On the shoulders of giants
by ughaibu
a draw between two giants
from fav Botvinnik & Alekhine games by guoduke
Selected Lasker
by LaBourdonnaisdeux
GRUENFIELD
from ANIL RAJ.R'S QUEEN PAWN GAMES by ANIL RAJ.R
Noted-Games of The Patriarch-n-The Tiger
by saveyougod
204
from Middlegame Strategy by jakaiden
5.Bg5 Petrosian System
from mapearson1990's Gruenfeld games by mapearson1990
brainiac9129's favorite games
by brainiac9129
Grunfeld 5th collection
by Justs99171
Round 9
from Nottingham 1936 by JoseTigranTalFischer
Seven Grunfelds
by Pawn N Hand
204
from Middlegame Strategy by Del ToRo
0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 1
by 0ZeR0
204
from Middlegame Strategy by Patca63
check dembo chapter 10 bg5 systems p. 127
from Save2010's favorite games by Save2010
BOTVINNIK"S BEST GAMES VOL 1: 1925-1941
by Okavango
plus 4 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC