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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Andrey Batuev
Leningrad Championship (1930/31), Leningrad URS
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Variation (D60)  ·  1-0



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Dec-29-05  like a GM: I suppose Botvinnik hadn't seen till the end whaen he played 18♘xf7 so it was a positional sac. And then there is 25♕xe7! which is a tactical sac. Both kinds of sacs at one game!
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  HeMateMe: nice positional sac. After 17 moves this could be a game between GMs or any duffers playing blitz on line. Very instructive, this should be a puzzle game for tactics here.
May-29-11  dull2vivid: 17… Bc5 or a like move and black has equality! and gone to support the ideas that white’s tempo loss of 7.Bd3 8.Bxd4 as only good for equality.

After Nxf7 white is tactically won. ...Rc8 was a pity.

Jan-06-23  Gaito:

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In this position Black made a typical mistake by playing 20...Rxc1? This allowed White to seize control of the open file. More stubborn was 20...Rd8, for example 21.Nxf6+ gxf6 22.d5 Nxd5 23.Bxd5 Bxd5, etc.

Jan-06-23  Gaito:

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Botvinnik played the shiny 25.Qxe7!? which is suffcient to win, but it was totally unnecessary. Black resigned in view of 25...Nxe7 26.Rxe7 Bd5 27.Rxf7 Bxf7 28.Kf2, and the ensuing pawn ending is easily won by White.

From the diagrammed position, the simplest win is 25.Bxd5 Nxd5 26.Qc8+ Kg7 (26...Qf8 27.Re8) 27. Qxa8, winning a piece with an overwhelming position

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