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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Nikolay Grigoriev
Leningrad-Moscow (1927), Leningrad URS, rd 1, May-01
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-16  JimmyRockHound: The only good move I could see was Rxe5. I didn't bother calculating further because I'm a total patzer.
Mar-30-16  dfcx: White is already ahead by an exchange. The black queen is overloaded with protecting the rook and back rank.

28.Rxe5 leaves black with awkward choices

A. 28...Qxe5 29.Qxf8+ Ng8 30.Rc2 wins

B. 28...dxe5 29.d6 Qf7/d8/e8 30.dxc7 with threat of Rd8 or Qxf8/c8=Q to follow

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  keypusher: <gofer>

<Hmmm, is this a "won" endgame? <Probably>.>

Of course it is, even though White should have played 34.gxf4, when he is the exchange and a pawn ahead.

<Was it really necessary to walk into the nightmare by accepting the sacrifice?>

It got the game over quicker and gave us a nice puzzle 89 years later.

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  Jimfromprovidence: FWIW... I got the simplifying 28 Rxe5 Qf7 29 Be6 Qg7 30 Qxg7+ Kxg7 31 Re1.

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Mar-30-16  The Kings Domain: Missed this one. Good combo by the teenage Botvinnik.
Mar-30-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this middle-game attacking position, white has R+B for two knights, which could be a tricky material advantage to convert, given that N+Q can be a potent combination if black can seize the attack. The attempt 28.Qxf4? Nfxd5 only allows black to improve his position. Instead, white can exploit the overload of the black queen with

28.Rxe5! leaving no satisfactory reply:

A.28... dxe5 29.d6 Qf7/e8 (Qd8 30.dxc7 Qxc7 31.Qxf8+) 30.dxc7 Ng8 (otherwise c8=Q) 31.Qxf8 Qxf8 32.c8=Q wins.

B.28... Qxe5 29.Qxf8+ Ng8 30.Qf7! Nf6 31.Re2! Qa1+ 32.Kg2

B.1 31... Qxf5? 32.Qf8+ Ng8 33.Qxf5 wins

B.2 31... Qxe2 32.Qxf6+ Kg8 33.Be6+ Nxe6 34.Qxe6+ (dxe6 Qd1+ 35.Kg2 Qd5+ 36.f3 Qd2+ 37.Kh3 also appears to win) Qxe6 35.dxe6 f3 (fxg3 36.hxg3 Kf8 37.f4 Ke7 38.f5 wins) 36.Kf1 Kf8 37.Ke1 Ke7 38.Kd2 Kxe6 39.Ke3 leaves a won K&P ending.

C. 31... Qf7 32.Re1 Ncxd5 (Nfxd5 33.Bxh7!) 33.Bd6 wins

Time for review...

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  kingfu: Thanks gofer, I was thinking the same thing. I would try to survive. Going down in flames is fun to watch!
Mar-30-16  kevin86: White has a nice set of forks...
Mar-30-16  saturn2: Well played for a 16 year old youngster.
Mar-30-16  JohnDMaster: I get no credit for this one, Botvinnik is one of my favorite players and I have seen this game before!
Mar-30-16  Olsonist: Pretty easy for a Thursday. Re5 kind've begs itself and everything is mechanical from there.
Mar-30-16  Albion 1959: Botvinnik was only 16 at the time of playing this game !!
Mar-30-16  stst: The only break-thru is, first NOT to attack the K, but to run against the Q:

28.Rxe5 dxe5 (if Qxe5, 29.Qxf8+ Ng8 etc, White gains material) 29.d6 forks N & Q Qe8 or f7 to protect R
30.dxc7 and onto c8 guarded by B@f5.)
Further loss of material is imminent for Black.

Mar-30-16  stst: Botvinik was hailed as 'God of Soviet Chess' at a time, by noted analyst Chernev. But, he was almost dethroned by Bronstein, as Jon Speelman recently analyzed on Chessbase.

I will stick to the Five Immortals: Capa, Alek, Fish, Tal, and the long forgotten Morphy!!

Mar-30-16  PJs Studio: And before playing a much more reserved yet winning Rc1, Botvinnik needed to see the entire combination. What a beast!
Mar-30-16  Jacob Arnold: <Olsonist: Pretty easy for a Thursday.> But it's Wednesday today! :O
Apr-01-16  patzer2: Going over puzzles I didn't get a chance to look at earlier this week, I found this week's Wednesday puzzle solution 28. Rxe5 dxe5 29. d6 Qd8 30. dxc7 Qxd2 31. Qxf8+ easy only because I was prompted it was a Chess problem.

After 31...g8 I debated with myself as to whether 32. c8=Q or 32. Qxg8+ Kxg8 33. c8=Q+ was better. The computers like 32. c8=Q best, but 32. Qxg8+ Kxg8 33. c8=Q+ also wins easy.

Black's decisive error appears to be 22...f5? allowing 23. exf5 (+1.69 @ 25 depth, Komodo 8). Instead, 22...a5 (+ 0.35 @ 28 depth, Komodo 9.1) keeps hope alive for Black.

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  catlover: <patzer2> Just curious—how can somebody access previous POTD or GOTD?
Apr-02-16  Howard: No problem----just Google "Game of the Day" and "Chessgames".

For Position of the Day, it's the same idea---Google "Position of the Day" and "Chessgames".

Mar-11-18  Sourav: Isn't 8...d5 better?
Mar-11-18  Sourav: Isn't 9...Be4 or 9...Ne4 better?
Jun-30-18  Sourav: I think Black plays 5...Bb4+ in order to catch up on development. Am I correct?
Apr-01-20  ronaldpatzer: I'm too much of a patzer to understand games like this, I guess.

14. b3 ... why? 15... Rd8 is suppose to say for white that if he opens the file, then the black rook will be opened up too? I also don't see what 19. d5 does... I mean, if white plays 19. d5, can't black just play c5 and now white can't open the position to enjoy his space advantage?

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  beatgiant: <ronaldpatzer> I'm no Botvinnik either, but I'll try.

<14. b3 ... why?> It's not strictly necessary at this exact moment, but it's useful because otherwise, in some case Black's knight may come to e5 attacking the c-pawn with gain of tempo.

<15... Rd8>
White was threatening 16. dxe5 Nxe5 17. Qxd6 winning a pawn, because the c-pawn is now protected. This illustrates the usefulness of 14. b3.

<if white plays 19. d5, can't black just play c5>

Yes, but then 19. d5 c5 20. a4 a5, and Black's pieces have no scope, and White has a completely free hand to arrange his pieces in an ideal setup, for example, shift the king to the queenside, double the rooks behind the lines etc. before the eventual kingside pawn breaks with f4, h4-h5, etc.

May-09-20  ronaldpatzer: <beatgiant> Thanks!
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