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Yuri Averbakh vs Mikhail Botvinnik
23rd Ch Moscow (1944), Moscow (URS)
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-18-11  wordfunph: Quote of the Game:

"I wrote his name on my scoresheet and had to pinch myself: I was playing Botvinnik one-on-one!"

- GM Yuri Averbakh (on playing against Botvinnik for the first time)

Aug-19-11  polarmis: Not actually a quote - as ChessBase think it's fine to paraphrase people and change what they say while representing that as a direct quote (not to mention also using other people's work without attribution...). The exchange in the interview was:

<And when did you first meet Botvinnik at the board?

That was at the Moscow Championship in 1943. When I wrote my opponent’s surname on the scoresheet I had to quietly pinch myself: was I really playing “one on one” against Botvinnik himself?!>

Jun-06-15  zydeco: Averbakh annotates this game in his selected games. He says "a draw was the limit of my dreams" and played extremely cautiously, "completely conceding the initiative to black." "To my surprise, I achieved a draw without particular difficulty," he continues.

Averbakh says he should have considered 14.Bh3 and then transferring the bishop to g2.

39.b4 sets a trap. If 39....Rb5 40.Rb2 d4 41.Kd3 Kd5 42.f4, the natural 42....Rb8 runs into 43.b5 Kxc5 44.bxc6 Rxb2 45.c7. Botvinnik could have continued playing for a win with 39.....Rb5, but, "sending danger," says Averbakh, he decided against it.

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