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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Isaac Boleslavsky
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 9, Jun-02
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  1-0



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  plang: 3..Nc6 is not played that often though it is not consdered to have ever been refuted. 6..f6 has not been played much since this game. Botvinnik does not suggest alternatives for black in the opening so, apparently, he is not impressed with the variation. Perhaps 9..Bxf6 could tried. I also wonder if 14..Nb4 with the idea of ..c5 is playable particularly given the strength of the bishop on d3. 19..cxd would have been bad because of 20 Rxe6..Bxe6 21 Qxe6 winning a second pawn but after 19..Qxd6 Botvinnik had control of the c5 square. Botvinnik felt that 27..Nd7 was an error recommending 27..Na4. 29..Na4?! allowed the pawn break 31 c4! Botvinnik was not that critical of 34..Qf8?! but it seemed to make his job a lot easier.
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  Richard Taylor: After 9. .. Bxf6 Keene and Taulbut give 10. 0-0 with a small + fr White.

If 14. ... Nb4 15. Bxh7+ !? may be playable.

I think the var is o.k. for Black as taking back with the g pawn strengthens Black's centre - the problem is it weakens his K-side a bit.

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  Richard Taylor: 14. ... Nb4 actually looks good 15. Bxh7 is too optimistic!) but Fritz gives

14. .. Nb4 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Qd2 Nxd3 17. Qxd3 c5 18. dxc5 Nxc5 19. Nxc5 Qxc5 and it appears ~ =

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  Richard Taylor: Great game by Botvinnik!

I've encountered this Guimard Def a few times, but not this specific line.

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  Honza Cervenka: Well, so much for Botvinnik and sterile boring chess...:-)
Jan-01-13  vinidivici: If 36...Exe5
37.Re7+ Kh8
38.Bg6 Be6
39.Rh7+ Kg8
40.Qc2! whatever black would do just end up losing.

eg. 40...Nc4
41.Bxf5 Bxf5

40...Bf7 41.qxf5 1-0

40...Qg7 41,Rxg7+ 1-0

40...Re2 41.Qe2 Re7 42.Qh5 1-0

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