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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Sergey Vsevolodovich Belavenets
"Bot and Paid For" (game of the day Apr-05-2013)
Russia (1934), Match, Leningrad
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Sozin Variation I (D49)  ·  1-0



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Apr-18-04  Lawrence: Analyzed at Jon Edwards's
Apr-18-04  Lawrence: Black was fine until 19...♕d5?(♕b8)

At move 25 the "best" he can do is 25...♕xg2+ 26.♕xg2 ♗xg2 27.♗b5+ eval +7.20 (Junior 8)

Feb-21-12  backrank: The prophylactic 15. f4 (protecting e5 before it is attacked by the Ra5 after b5-b4, and at the same time protecting g2 before there comes a mating threat with Bb7) is an especially fine move here. The temporary sac of the pawn e5 leaves Black with a difficult task to solve. It is very surprising how quickly White's attack succeeds after 19. ... Qd5 (which looks good optically but proves very weak). After 20. Qg3! White's threat is NOT Qxg7 (which would be met by Rg8 and the white Queen is lost due to the mating threat on g2), but Qc7 (therefore the answer Ra7) and, yes, Rxf6!! (to prevent Rg8 after Qg7) what happened in the game. The situation after 23. Bxb4 is tragicomic for Black, even more so after 24. ... Bd7 25. Qxf6 or 24. ... Qb7 25. Rxc8! Qxc8 26. Bb5+. Unfortunately for Black, there is not even a mating threat after 24. ... Bb7, so that 25. Rc5 puts an end to his agony (26. Bb5+).
Feb-21-12  RookFile: Yes, you're right, this is amazing stuff.
Apr-05-13  vinidivici: Its clear that Belavenets was no match for the Bot.
Apr-05-13  Abdel Irada: Unfortunate that Belavenets was killed in World War II. We will never find out what his potential might have been had he lived on into a more prosperous post-war era when Russia could afford to concentrate resources on chess.

Judging from what information is available on this site, he seems to have been a fairly formidable player in his time, this game notwithstanding.

Apr-05-13  Abdel Irada: Impressive win by Botvinnik in any case.

Black had pinned so many hopes on that centralized queen on d5: She would stop checks with Bxb5; she would facilitate the development of the bishop on b7 by creating a potential mate threat on g2 that might have seemed to keep White's queen tied to that square's defense; in the event of an endgame, she would restrain White's queenside pawns.

And then Botvinnik blew away all these dreams with two simple rook moves, and suddenly Her Majesty finds herself in full costume for a cancelled masque.

The mate threats leave little choice: If Black plays on, he must try 25. ...Qxg2, but after 26. Qxg2, Bxg2, White needn't oblige with the undemanding 27. Kxg2, but instead plays 27. Rc8, Kd7 28. Rxf8, when finds he can't save his other rook thanks to 28. ...Re8? 29. Bb5, winning at least another piece.


White could also have won with 25. Bxe7, Kxe7 (25. ...Qxg2 26. Qxg2, Bxg2 27. Bxf8) 26. Rc7, Kd8/d6 27. Rxb7!, but it would have been more difficult and less pretty.

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  kevin86: A good game 4 Botvinnik-future champion.
Apr-05-13  Everett: Botvinnik took Alekhine's work in the opening and refined it into something even more effective, almost modern-level analysis and ideas. His Queen's pawn opening ideas and prescriptions are still some of the most promising lines.

Fischer's and Kasparov's intense preparational approach are quite similar, even if their stylistic preferences in the middlegame were different. Botvinnik had this same intensity and work-ethic.

Apr-05-13  FairyPromotion: There's a win by Botvinnk, with the same (well, almost) pun: Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968

And there's even a loss, too:
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963

Anyone care to explain the pun? It must be something really simple, since no one asked about this in game pages, but I don't don't exactly get it.

Apr-05-13  Everett: "Bought and paid for" has an odious connotation of bribery. At least that is my understanding. If someone or something is "bought and paid for" it's nature is corrupted by money.

Not sure how that meaning relates to the game, however. Botvinnik was never involved in any bribery scandals, only political machinations.

Jul-31-13  TheFocus: This was the Leningrad - Moscow Trade Union Team Match.
Dec-15-15  MasterCrabDreams: The Bot sees everything.
Dec-15-15  MasterCrabDreams: The Bot toots when threatened.
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