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Sergey von Freymann vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1933), Leningrad URS, rd 17, Sep-06
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  0-1



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Oct-31-10  Knight13: Look at the position after move 22. Then move 24, and you realize that White's life line is getting shorter.

Typical Botvinnik, who sees that White's Queen is misplaced on the queenside and quickly takes advantage of it.

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  PawnSac: < 11.Ne2?! > i.e., not labeling it a blunder, but a questionable/doubtful move

Consider white’s knight moves…
11.Ne2 , 15.Nf4 , 16.Nd3 , 19.Ne5
He used 4 moves to relocate the N to e5.
It could have been done in 2 moves (Nf3-Ne5) saving two tempi.

Also examine the position after blacks 10th.

a) the doubled f pawn should be pushed (a basic stratagem)

b) the Nd7 goes to f6 then e4 or g4

c) the Q is on the d8-h4 diagonal.

d) the Bc8 eyes the white K side from home base, and can strike at g4 or h3 after f6-f5-f4

This is the most natural of king-side attacks. Therefore..

<the white knight belongs on f3 to guard h2 and keep the Q out of h4, hence 11.Nf3 was correct.>

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