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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 12, Dec-05
Dutch Defense: Semi-Leningrad Variation (A81)  ·  0-1



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Sep-07-05  Koster: Not often a World Champ loses to a non-GM, and rare to see Botvinnik lose in the endgame. This must have been encouraging to Bronstein.
Sep-07-05  Resignation Trap: Actually, this tournament took place several months after the 1951 match. Botvinnik finished two points behind Keres, but still was a half point ahead of Bronstein: .

For the so-called "25th game of the match" see: Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 .

Sep-07-05  Koster: That was a real fighters tournament. Keres was 9-2 not counting draws and still barely beat Geller and Petrosian. Not many draws, and there would have been even less if Salo Flohr wasn't invited.
May-29-10  jerseybob: An amazing game, and what a charmed life the black queen rook lives.
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  brankat: Quite surprising that one Botvinnik would loose a game this way. But, full credit to his opponent, N.G.Kopilov for his fine play.
Feb-08-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Kopylov won against Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosyan,Keres and Korchnoi among others !!
Feb-08-13  master of defence: Why not 10.Nxa8?
Feb-08-13  Jim Bartle: Maybe 10...Bxf2+, forcing Kd1.
Jun-26-14  jerseybob: Jim Bartle: That's it: it's practically forced mate starting with 11..Qd2+ 12.Kd2,Rd8+
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