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Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Moscow (1936), Moscow URS, rd 2, May-15
Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-14-05  paladin at large: Riumin plays the endgame well but is not able to make the extra pawn count. He would have been better off at move 30. by not exchanging queens, but by 30. Qd2 with a subsequent Re3-Rd3 to exert pressure on the black d-pawn, perhaps also with tripling of major white pieces on the d-file. The white bishop is a strong player at this point in the game to support such an operation.
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  Calli: Ryumin - I see it spelled that way more often - said that he erred with 47.Ra7? He gave

"47.f4! exf4 48.Rxf4, followed by Rd4!,Bf3,Rd5,Bd1 and g5!" with "good chances of a win"

May-14-05  paladin at large: <Calli>I see Ryumin more, too, but it did not work on this site. Ryumin is a better transliteration from the Cyrillic for English speakers.

I like the quotes around Ryumin's scheme for the win - I assume they are yours. It looks as though Ryumin consulted with Capablanca. I cannot fathom the finish, and whether or not the rooks would get traded off.

I assume white is better off with the rooks traded off?

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  Calli: Ryumin's notes are in the tournament book. Of course, he did not write in English. In quotes, I gave Jimmy Adams translation from the Caissa edition of Moscow 1936.

I know what you mean by the outline being Capa-like. The plan allows him to advance the G pawn with Bc2 etc. Black will soon come under great pressure from the passed pawn. Whether the rooks are exchanged depends on how Black defends.

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  Mateo: In modern chess, it could have been a draw after 49...Kf6. They reached for the 3rd time the same position.
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