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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vitaly Chekhover
11th USSR Championship Semifinal (1938), Leningrad URS, rd 4, May-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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Oct-04-03  rochade18: Botwinnik creates a doubled pawn in order to get the d-line and he doesn't give it up. Amazing.
Dec-22-05  fred lennox: 25.Qxe5 is a remarkable move. After the queen exchange Botvinnik sees a winning endgame. 27.Be4 this quiet move ensures this game, for me, as one of the finest of the decade. 27.Rxa7 is tempting and natural, but could lead to a draw by giving black a powerful passed c pawn. rxa7...nd6 28.Bd3...c4 29.bf1...nb5 30.ra6...rc8 31.rxb6...nxc3. In the game black gets his passed c pawn with the difference that white controls the d and e file.
Apr-27-06  acirce: The gamescore is wrong. Botvinnik says in "One Hundred Selected Games" (transcription into algebraic notation by me) < mistake this game was originally published with the move 12.Rfe1, which is without sense, for White must aim at opening the f-file. It is interesting to note that not one commentator (and there were quite a few commentators on this game) drew attention to White's "obvious blunder" of 12.Rfe1, which was, fortunately, a blunder on the part of the reporter who transcribed the game.>

12.Rae1, 17.Rd1, 19.Rfd1 were the real moves and from there it's the correct position here.

And, yes, good game.

Sep-22-10  timothee3331: There is a funny little variation with 15...Re7 ? 16.Qxb7! Rxb7 17.Bxb7! and White has a clear advantage. Of course this variation makes no sense at all but could well serve as an independent exercise !
Nov-11-10  goldenbear: Botvinnik won more games with an invulnerable rook on d5...
Jul-31-11  PSC: Ivan Sokolov analysed this game, I've posted his annotations here:
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  GrahamClayton: 16. dxc5! - While 16. d5 keeps the White pawns together, the blocked position favours Black knight. After the exchange, White's bishop controls the long diagonal, and specifically the d5 square.
Nov-12-13  Paraconti: This are not the original moves. The game was only published and annotated by Botvinnik AFTER Chekhover's death, leading to rumors that the brilliancy at the end did not occur over the board but Chekhover had resigned earlier.
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  beatgiant: <Paraconti>
You probably mean this one? Botvinnik vs Chekhover, 1935
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  keypusher: <Paraconti: This are not the original moves. The game was only published and annotated by Botvinnik AFTER Chekhover's death, leading to rumors that the brilliancy at the end did not occur over the board but Chekhover had resigned earlier.>

Wrong game, as <beatgiant> pointed out. Why did you repost the nonsense that had been so patiently debunked on the game page anyway?

Aug-14-17  Toribio3: Very beautiful game executed by Botvinnik!
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  morfishine: <Toribio3> I agree with you, very good example of the depth of Botvinnik's thinking and calculation, which may from time-to-time be overlooked as being without "beauty" but in this, much beauty is evident, even if Botvinnik didn't intend that


Dec-22-17  vasja: The game score is incomplete, only till move 16. With Olga's help I added the rest:17. Rd1 Rad8 18. Rd5 b6 19. Rfd1 Na5 20. h3 Rxd5 21. Rxd5 Qe7 22. Bg4 Qb7 23. Bf5 Qb8 24. Rd7 Rd8 25. Qxe5 Nxc4 26. Qxb8 Rxb8 27. Be4 Na3 28. Bd5 Rf8 29. e4 a5 30. c4 b5 31. cxb5 Nxb5 32. e5 a4 33. f4 Nd4 34. Kf2 g5 35. g3 gxf4 36. gxf4 Ne6 37. Ke3 c4 38. f5 Nc5 39. Rc7 Nd3 40. e6 fxe6 41. fxe6

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