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Sergei Alexandrovich Mudrev vs Mikhail Botvinnik
"Stick In The Mudrev" (game of the day Apr-08-2019)
USSR Championship (1929), Odessa URS, rd 3, Sep-03
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1

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May-29-11  dull2vivid: 2. e3?! is passive (therefore not the best). Blocking in the bishop is only justified after black has declared intentions of queenside play.

7…Ba6 shows the judgment that it is important to neutralize white’s sole good bishop.

9… Qc8 and black has a substitute for his missing bishop.

13…f5 – don’t forget this move to hold white back.

17…kh8 is a GM move – waiting for white to steer the game into blacks hands. Easier plan is …Bc5 …d6… etc.

24. …Rxf4 – I’ve seen this rook for minor piece, pawn, and hell of a lot of control in a few of B’s games. This finishes the situation.

Apr-08-19  OldGeez76: Of Botvinnek's 10 listed notable games, only one is as black. Just an observation...
Apr-08-19  goodevans: White can't play <22.Qxg4> because the threat of mate after <22...Nxe3> would win the B.

What if white had played <21.Rh2>? Now after <21...h5? 22.Qxg4 22...Nxe3?> there's no longer a mate threat so white would win with <23.Qxg6 Rf5 24.Kf2> with the deadly threat of <25.Rah1>.


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But after <21.Rh2> black simply has <21...Nxe3> and the extra pawn is safe.

The conclusion then is that putting the B en prise with <20.Be3?> was unwise. It's not hard to see that either he should have developed it to c2 or he should have traded <20.gxf5> before developing to e3.

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