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Andre Lilienthal vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 2, May-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  0-1

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Mar-06-12
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  wordfunph: "Since my youth, Mikhail Botvinnik has been my idol and practically the first game that I studied seriously was his brilliant victory over Lilienthal from the 1944 USSR championship. I was so delighted by that game that, for the first time in my life, instead of going to school I went to the park, and there on the bench I played through the game for perhaps the seventieth time on my chess board. From that time on I lived under the influence of Botvinnik's style. I had a book of his selected games that I kept under my pillow and I have always followed his advice, even after also becoming a grandmaster..."

- GM Lev Polugaevsky

Apr-07-12  Dr. Siggy: I wonder which game Polugaevsky was thinking about when he wrote the lines quoted above by <wordfunph>. A closer examination of this game reveals that, from the very start, Botvinnik was completely outplayed by Lilienthal. What is more, after 39. Rc3 Botvinnik's position was as good as lost. The only reason why Lilienthal answered 39... e4 with the lamentable 40. fxe4 (instead of the good enough 40. f4 or the even stronger 40. h4) and thus threw away a well deserved win, was, I assume, time trouble.
Apr-07-12  Dr. Siggy: A closer examination of this game reveals that, from the very start, Botvinnik was completely outplayed by Lilienthal. What is more, after 39. Rc3 Botvinnik's position was as good as lost. The only reason why Lilienthal answered 39... e4 with the lamentable 40. fxe4 (instead of the good enough 40. f4 or the even stronger 40. h4) and thus threw away a well deserved win, was, I assume, time trouble.
May-21-16
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  keypusher: <Dr Siggy>

A reasonable guess is this game:
Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1945

The misidentification might be a translator's fault rather than Polugaevsky's; the Soviet GM might have written "14th USSR Championship" and the translator got the year wrong.

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