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Mikhail Botvinnik vs B Laurentiev
Leningrad Ch (1926), Leningrad URS
Semi-Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-25-04  Dick Brain: Black with limited material comes up with a counter attack that saves a hopeless game.

55 ... Rb8+ and if White tries to block the rook pawn with 56. Ka2, then Black has ... Rb2+ 57. Ka1 Bd4 and he is even threatening mate in three. White would have to perpetually attack the Black bishop to save a draw.

So White playing for a win had to allow the Black pawn to queen (which didn't work either).

Jul-31-10  Xeroxx: Very entertaining draw.
Jul-31-10  ILoveFruits: indeed...
Jul-31-10  ounos: I think 56. Ka2 would win. The idea is, if 56. ...Rh8, then Rh3, and *only* then try to proceed as in the game (that would fix the problem that white had at move 58, that his rook had no access to the a file). If 56. ...Rb2+ 57. Ka1 Bd4 doesn't look that dangerous, just a couple of spite checks.
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  simaginbg4: 56 Ka2 Rb2+ 57 Ka1 Bd4 is in fact threatening mate by 58... Re2+ 59 Kb1 60 a2+ and a1Q. White can try 58 Rh4 with the idea 58...Bxe5 59 h8Q; but instead Black will play 58...Bc3. It remains complicated, but I don't think White is winning. 

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