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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



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

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  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  whiteshark: Botwinnik describes it roughly this way:

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

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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.
May-29-23  Mathematicar: From which book are these notes from Alekhine?
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  beatgiant: <Mathematicar> The tournament book. See Nottingham (1936) for the citation.

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