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Igor Bondarevsky vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 19, Apr-27
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  0-1

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Aug-22-07  Maynard5: Botvinnik's seemingly quiet 20. ... Ng6 is a surprisingly powerful move. Black is threatening to open the center with dxc4, and then fork the rook and queen with ... Ne5. White overlooks the threat, and has to give up a pawn, in order to avoid losing the exchange.
Jan-24-08  M.D. Wilson: Great game. Nd5 is indeed best.
Jun-06-08  Jesspatrick: This game was annotated by Peter Romanovsky and published in "Middlegame Planning".

According to Romanovsky, White had a losing position by the time he played 21.Be1.

Moreover, Romanovsky felt that White's handling of the opening was poor, and that the Nc3 and Bd3 were misplaced. I agree. As it was, it was necessary to bring the B back to e2, conceding easy equality to Black.

Nov-10-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: A clever finishing blow by Botvinnik from the last but one round of this most successful return to the top of Soviet chess after his relative failure in the 1940 event.

Nice candidate for a POTD.

Oct-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Botvinnik plagiarizes himself.


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M Stolberg vs Botvinnik, 1940

Oct-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <keypusher: Botvinnik plagiarizes himself.>

The slacker.

First saw the killing combination used against Stolberg in Reinfeld's work <Botvinnik The Invincible>. Good collection and, one would imagine, long out of print.

Oct-20-17  john barleycorn: < perfidious: <keypusher: Botvinnik plagiarizes himself.>

The slacker. ...>

Yes, he got almost more similar positions than other players, imo. Compare Botvinnik - Batuev, 1934 vs. Botvinnik - Vidmar 1936.

Then, of course, a book title like <Botvinnik the Invincible> is just hilarious.

Oct-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <johnbarleycorn

Then, of course, a book title like <Botvinnik the Invincible> is just hilarious.>

In 1946 no one would have laughed.

https://books.google.com/books/abou...

USSR Championship (1945)

Well, not until August, anyway.

Groningen (1946)

<< perfidious: <keypusher: Botvinnik plagiarizes himself.> The slacker. ...>

Yes, he got almost more similar positions than other players, imo. Compare Botvinnik - Batuev, 1934 vs. Botvinnik - Vidmar 1936.>

Pretty standard IQP stuff, you'd find analogous games for many players. Better examples here, together with a <totally convincing> explanation by yours truly.

USSR Championship (1945)

Oct-20-17  john barleycorn: thanks <keypusher>, nice collection. Let's change from <Botvinnik the invincible> to <Botvinnik the prototype robot> besides his (imo) totally overrated game against Capablanca (AVRO 1938) there is not much left. Smyslov (imho) was better than Botvinnik.
Oct-20-17
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  keypusher: <john barleycorn: thanks <keypusher>, nice collection. Let's change from <Botvinnik the invincible> to <Botvinnik the prototype robot> besides his (imo) totally overrated game against Capablanca (AVRO 1938)>

Everyone says it's overrated, which proves that it isn't.

<there is not much left.>

Now that's just silly.

<Smyslov (imho) was better than Botvinnik.>

Perfectly respectable opinion. Nicer, certainly.

Oct-20-17  ughaibu: <Everyone says it's overrated, which proves that it isn't.>

Only if accusations of overrating constitute underrating. Or is there another way to derive your conclusion?

Oct-20-17  john barleycorn: <keypusher: ...

Everyone says it's overrated, which proves that it isn't.

<there is not much left.>

Now that's just silly. ...>

<Everyone says it's overrated, which proves that it isn't.>

No, it doesn't. Ask <Everyone>.

<Now that's just silly. > I did not claim it was intelligent. Just true.

Oct-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: < john barleycorn: <keypusher: ... Everyone says it's overrated, which proves that it isn't.

<there is not much left.>

Now that's just silly. ...>

<Everyone says it's overrated, which proves that it isn't.>

No, it doesn't. Ask <Everyone>.

<Now that's just silly. > I did not claim it was intelligent. Just true.>

No, it's teeth-achingly wrong. As dumb as the <Carlsen is the weakest GM in history> collections put together by a couple of the more excitable Wesley fans.

Oct-20-17  john barleycorn: <keypusher: ...

No, it's teeth-achingly wrong ...>

Get a better toothpaste made to meet your issues. or some vulcanizing.

Feb-27-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: From above:

<.....Reinfeld's work <Botvinnik The Invincible>. Good collection and, one would imagine, long out of print.>

Managed to snaffle a copy from a random online site and relive some of my youth.

Jun-10-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: This game is discussed in a nice new video (in Russian) on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbz...

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