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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Arthur Bisguier
Hastings (1961/62), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Jan-04
Reti Opening: Anglo-Slav. Bogoljubow Variation Stonewall Line (A12)  ·  1-0



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Dec-05-08  Travis Bickle: A GM ending. BLK cant save the d4 pawn plus WHT is up the exchange.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I think I first saw this game in Keene's Flank Openings, and the pawn sacrifice made quite an impression. It seems that all Botvinnik gets is an easily blockaded c-pawn, but in reality, he's after control of the a5 square. We don't normally attack much importance to that square, but after 24.Na5, Black is close to suffocation.
Apr-03-09  Rubenchik: 17 ... a5 seems better
Jul-07-12  Resignation Trap: Photo of this game in progress:
Aug-30-14  laskereshevsky: Looks like the photo was taken during Bot's time to move. after 13...c5;
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  perfidious: If one were to cover Bisguier's face in that photo, the stocky, hunched figure would be familiar anywhere: same person I first met a dozen years later in Vermont, then in several tournament encounters a decade and more afterwards.
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Position after 27.Qc3.

Suppose Black had just stayed in a shell with ...Ne7, maybe ...Nb8 and ...Be8 after the White knight goes to b4.

How does White win?

May-31-16  RookFile: It would have to be something involving white arranging his rooks and setting up g4 and f5 and taking advantage of dark squares around the white king. The white bishop probably goes to h3 too, though I suppose white could also first have it go to f1 and then d3. There would probably be some prolonged maneuvering before this would become a reality - just the sort of game Bisquier hated. Your patient course does seem better than what Bisguier actually did.
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  diceman: <Resignation Trap: Photo of this game in progress:>

Sure does seem like a small table.

Oct-27-17  jerseybob: diceman: <Sure does seem like a small table like a small table.> Absolutely! Biguier's right elbow is hanging in space.
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  keypusher: <jerseybob: diceman: <Sure does seem like a small table like a small table.> Absolutely! Biguier's right elbow is hanging in space.>

It's resting on the arm of his chair.

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As laskereshevsky noted years ago, in the picture Botvinnik is about to play his star move, 14.b4.

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