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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Veniamin Sozin
Krechevitsa-Novgorod (1929), rd 1, Jul-21
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Open Defence: This is an interesting end game position, any ideas as to what either Botvinnik or Sozin could have done for a win?
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  Benzol: Botvinnik's analysis runs 58.Kd7 Kf5; 59.Ke8 Kg6; 60.Ke7 as winning a tempo for white. Hence black cannot stop the white king getting to f8 and then force a pawn through. See 'One Hundred Selected Games' game seven by Botvinnik.
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  Open Defence: yeah the triangulation technique to "skip a move" hmmmm seems a fairly standard end game technique but does it work ?

"Take nothing on trust, you must seek the truth yourself" - Mikhail Botvinnik

Incidentally does Bots say why he drew?

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  Benzol: <Open Defence> I'm sorry it was game 8 in the book not game 7. Botvinnik writes "White provokes Black to transfer his bishop to the diagonal R2-Kt8, hoping for an even easier win; but it transpires that the resulting position is inadequate".

After 63.Ke7 he writes "Only now did White see that 63.K-K5, B-Q6; 64.P-B5 ch, BxP; 65.P-R7, KxP; 66.KxB leads to a draw, as the BK will succeed in getting to R1. So after a few more moves the opponents agreed to a draw. A game interesting in all it's stages".

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  Open Defence: Really interesting!!! So it is a draw ater all? My endgame technique is the pits (as if I am an expert in other areas of the game hahahahhaha) I want to analyse this one and if I can refer to Bots notes then it will make it easier Thanks Benzol :-)
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  Benzol: <Open Defence> It's a win for White if he plays correctly according to Botvinnik. It's probably best if you can get one of his books with this game in it.
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  Open Defence: Yes, that's why I was surpised that Bots agreed for a draw, though the winning technique is not so simple (it should be with 3 pawns on the k side but black's a pawn might come into play), may be i should analyse it and you guys could correct me?
Jul-31-13  TheFocus: From the Krechevitsa - Novgorod Team Match.

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