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Alexander Kotov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Moscow (1947), Moscow URS, rd 4, Dec-01
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-23-06  meloncio: Botvinnik wrote in Best Games vol. II that 39... bxc5 was a blunder (being 39... dxc5 the correct move), because black king is "tied" to defend d6 pawn. A very interesting bishops endgame.
Apr-23-06  Hesam7: <meloncio> Does he give a line? After 39... dxc5 both 40. Be5 and 40. a4 look good.
Apr-25-06  meloncio: <Hesam7> No, he only wrote that it would be a difficult fight but black will win.
Apr-27-06  Hesam7: I think Botvinnik was right. For example after:

39... dxc5 40. a4?! h3 41. Be5 [forced] 41... a6 42. Kd3 b5 43. axb5 axb5


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Black wins because he has two distant passed pawns and White's king and bishop are severely restricted. It looks like it does not matter what White plays on move 40 but I have no proof. One should note if White avoids 40. a4 Black can play b5 without a6.

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