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Mikhail Botvinnik vs David Bronstein
Botvinnik - Bronstein World Championship Match (1951), Moscow URS, rd 19, Apr-27
Neo-GrĂ¼nfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D74)  ·  1-0



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Sep-18-06  Calli: 45...h5?? The natural 45...Nxf3 46.Kxf3 Kf6 stops g5 and draws easy. Unbelievable.
Sep-21-06  Resignation Trap: April 28-29, 1951

"Work and work!

Have I really become weaker?

Let's go! Shame!"

So wrote Botvinnik right before this game.

Sep-21-06  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik had very little to say after this win, although he was now leading 10-9:

"Played badly, but he lost his sense of danger."

Mar-23-08  Knight13: <Calli: 45...h5?? The natural 45...Nxf3 46.Kxf3 Kf6 stops g5 and draws easy. Unbelievable.> More like the g6 pawn was the problem, not about black stopping g5.
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  Honza Cervenka: 45...h5 was not such a big problem as after 46...Nxf3 47.Kxf3 Kf7 black should not lose as well, for example 48.Bb6 Nb5 49.Ke4 Bxb6 50.axb6 Ke7 51.Kd5 Kd7 52.Nc5+ Kc8 53.Ke5 Nc3 54.Kf6 h4 etc. But 46...Nc4 and following play of black is hard to understand.
Dec-13-13  Rhialto: It seems like Black could have made the draw very easy by 42...Nxa4 43.Bb5 Ne5 44.Bxe5 (44.Kh3 Nxg4 - you can only take one knight at a time) 44...Bxe5 45.Bxa4 h5 (46.g5?! Bf4) Surely White cannot pose any real problems for Black with his extra piece.
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  plang: Bronstein played 10..Nb4?! to avoid theory but it led to him falling behind in development.

Bronstein on 13..Bg4?!:
"If I were given this position to play now, I would not have exchanged my white-squared bishop for no reason at all, but in those distant times I still believed in the triumph of the black-squared strategy, and I thought that by eliminating the knight at f3 Black would gain complete control of the d4 square."

21 Ba2 was an interesting, far from obvious, move discouraging the advance of Black's f-pawn. 25 f4?! allowed simplification useful to Black; Botvinnik recommended 25 Nc3..f4 26 f3 followed by Rfd1 with a solid edge. Bronstein's play in this endgame was not strong; he had several opportunities to achieve useful simplification which he chose to ignore. 53 Bb6 would have shortened the game a bit.

Nov-30-17  andrea volponi: 46...Nb5(! bronstein,kasparov) -Bb6 Nc4 -Nc7 Nxb6 (!kasparov = ) -Ne6+ 1-0

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