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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Joseph Rabinovich
North West Region Championship (1926), Leningrad URS, rd 2, Sep-17
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Old Variation (D48)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-25-04  Dick Brain: Careful with those obvious recaptures. Shredder sez: 23. Rxf6! gxf6 24. exf6 with Ne4 and Nd6 coming (game is over).
Nov-11-17  hemy: This is a game of Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich, not a "Joseph" against Botvinnik.

This game, starting from the 24th move of Botvinnik was published in the book "шахматы избранные партии и обзор за 1926 г." ("chess Selected games and review for 1926".)
by A. Alekhine, publishing house "Bulletin of Physical Culture", Kharkov - 1927, pp. 18-19

The game was played in the final group (6 players) of the "regional tournament" in Leningrad.

The game wasn't finished after the move 50. Rh1. It included 51. Kg2 Rh4 52. Kg3 Rh1 1/2-1/2

Ilya Rabinovich became "J Rabinovich" by mistake. All the games of "J Rabinovich" should by return to Ilya.

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  Retireborn: <hemy> My commercial Botvinnik database (Chess Assistant) calls it the North West region championship. Presumably they mean NW of Russia, not NW of Leningrad!

It doesn't have the extra moves, but they do get Rabinovich's name right.

According to them Rabinovich won the preliminary group with 11 out of 11 (Fischer-like!) but they don't have his win against Botvinnik, sadly.

Nov-11-17  hemy: <Retireborn> Yes, It was the regional (North West region of Soviet Union) tournament in Leningrad. I guess my description ("regional tournament in Leningrad") was confusing.

On the 1st step 24 players were divided
to 2 groups of 12.

From the 1st group to final 6 players 2 rounds tournament advanced Model (9/11), Iljin-Zhenevski (8.5/11) and Kagan (8/11).

From the 2nd group - Rabinovich (11/11), Botvinnik and Golubev (9/11).

The final tournament won Ilya Rabinovich (8/10). 2nd was Iljin-Zhenevski (7.5/10), 3rd - Botvinnik - (6.5/10).

I placed the ".djvu" file of this book in public folder of me Dropbox, so you can download it.

I also mentioned that all the games of "J Rabinovich" should by return to Ilya. It was about the games played in 1926-1927, not the game from 2010.

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  Retireborn: <hemy> Many thanks for that - have downloaded the book.

The commercial database agrees with your list of six finalists. They also have a game against Baryshev which is clearly from the preliminary group.

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  Retireborn: Just looking through the book now....I do find the Russian text very challenging, but some names, such as Tartakower, are still easily recognisable, of course :)
Nov-12-17  hemy: <Retireborn> 3 books about Botvinnik in English in this folder:

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  Retireborn: <hemy> That's very generous of you, many thanks....I have owned all three of those books, though I have yet to work through the Tal one.
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