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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Paul Keres
"Lecture Bot" (game of the day Nov-16-2016)
USSR Championship (1952), Moscow URS, rd 8, Dec-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Jun-06-09  WhiteRook48: always take advantage of pins
Nov-29-10  jmboutiere: - Playing the Queen's Gambit • A Grandmaster Guide • by Lars Schandorff 2009 p 13
Apr-20-15  Ulhumbrus: We can say that the developing move 29 Rc3 is a way of preparing the sacrifice 30 Nf5! On 30...gxf5 31 Rg3+ develops further the rook to the g file and on 31...Ng7 32 Qf6 Black has no way to defend the knight
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  Honza Cervenka: This is Botvinnik at his best.
Nov-16-16  morfishine: Relentless pressure
Nov-16-16  gars: Gentlemen: how can I see the last November 9th page of Thanks a lot.
Nov-16-16  moodini: Is this a FICS reference?
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  Annie K.: Yep :)
Nov-16-16  kevin86: F-file decides this one!
Nov-16-16  jith1207: <gars>: not sure about the previous days' pages links in this site, but you could probably Google search in their caches, if you search by date. But if you wanna follow previous days' POTD or GOTD games, you could come find some game collections in this site, being updated daily by some nice gentlemen here. Hope that helps.
Nov-16-16  Steven87: 26. Bxh7 followed by Qh4 and Rf3. Is there a way out for the Black King?
Nov-16-16  Boomie: <Steven87: 26. Bxh7 followed by Qh4 and Rf3. Is there a way out for the Black King?>

The first line that comes to mind is 26. Bxh7+ Kxh7 27. Qh4+ Kg8 28. Rf3 Ndf4, covering h3 and aiming for Ng6.

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Komodo prefers 26. Qh4 closely followed by 26. Nf5. That Botvinnik played this is a tribute to how formidable a player he was.

Komodo rates 26. Bxh7+ a blunder. But not exactly the line I saw at first blush.

26. Bxh7+ Kxh7 27. Qh4+ Kg8 28. Nf5

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The game is even instead of white winning.

Nov-20-16  Steven87: Thanks for the thorough analysis <Boomie>! Nf4 was the refutation I missed. This is why Botvinnik was Botvinnik, and I am studying.
Jul-17-17  Toribio3: The occupation of the king bishop file by Botvinnik is overwhelming. Despite the stubborn defense of Keres, he was not able to withstand the devastating attack!
Nov-14-17  tigreton: I like 29. Rc3, the rook couldn't be on a better square than that, in the open -and undisputed- file, and ready to attack from f3, g3 and h3.
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  al wazir: 35. Nh6+ also wins: 35...Rxf6 (35...Ke8 36. Qf8#) 36. Rxf6+ Ke7 37. Rf7+ Ke8 (37...Ke6 38. R1f6#) 38. Rf8+ Ke7 39. Ng8+ Ke6 40. R1f6#.

A queen sac gets extra points for elegance.

Sep-22-23  Mayankk: I saw these two lines.

30 Nf5 gxf5 31 Rh3 f6 32 gxf6 Rf7 33 Rxf5 with White up by 2 pawns and a menacing attack

30 Nf5 Ree8 31 Qf6 Ng7 32 Nh6+ Kh8 33 Nxf7+ Kg8 34 Rcf3 where White seems to have breached Black fortress and is also up a pawn.

I didn't consider that Black will allow the exchange sac 31 Nxe7 where White has all the momentum plus an exchange up. Should have looked into it.

Sep-22-23  EasilyConfused: The right response to 30 . . gxf5 is 31 Qf6 forcing mate
Sep-22-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: I suspect that I already see this game before, then my points if any, are questionable.

The King (me, of course) would play the natural: 30. Rh3 f5?! 31. exf6 Ree8 32. f7+ Rxf7 33. Nxf7 Qxf7 34. Rxf7 Kxf7 35. Qxh7+ Kf8 36. Rf3+... Also if 31... Rxf6 32. Qxf6 Qxd6 33. Re3 and W will earn more material.

30... h5 31. Qg5 Kg7 32. Rxh5, then:
A) Rh8?? 33. Qf6+ Kg8 34. Rxh8#
B) f5 33. Qh6+ Kg8 34. Qh8#

However, I believe that Botvinnik played to win with: 30. Nf5 gxf5 31. Rg3+ Ng7 32. Qf6... For 30... Ree8 31. Nh6+ Kg7 32. Qf6+ Kxh6 33. Rh3#.

Sep-22-23  agb2002: White can take the knight closer to the black king with 30.Nf5:

A) 30... gxf5 31.Rg3+ Ng7 (31... Kh8 32.Qf6+ Ng7 33.Qxg7#) 32.Qf6 and mate next.

B) 30... Ree8 31.Nh6+ Kh8 (31... Kg7 32.Qf6+ Kxh6 33.Rh3#) 32.Nxf7+ Rxf7 (32... Kg8 33.Nh6+ Kh8 34.Qxf8+ Rxf8 35.Rxf8#) 33.Qxf7 wins decisive material.

Sep-22-23  mel gibson: I chose a different ply 30. Rf6 to block the f7 pawn from moving and then bring the Rook on c3 into the attack on the h file.

Stockfish 16 says:

30. Nf5

(30. Nf5 (Nd6-f5 Re7-e8 Nf5-h6+ Kg8-h8 Qh4-f6+ Ne6-g7 Nh6xf7+ Qd7xf7 Qf6xf7 Rf8xf7 Rf1xf7 Ng7-e6 Rf7xb7 a7-a6 h2-h3 h7-h5 Rb7-d7 Ne6xd4 Rd7xd5 Nd4-e6 Rd5-d6 Kh8-h7 ) +6.29/43 197)

score for White +6.29 depth 43.

If I force SF to follow my idea it's not as strong:

30. Rf6

(30. Rf6 Qa4 (Qd7-a4 Rf6-f1 Qa4-a6 Rc3-f3 Re7-c7 Qh4-g4 Ne6-g7 Rf3-f6 Ng7-h5 Rf6-f2 Nh5-g7 b2-b4 Qa6-c6 b4-b5 Qc6-d7 Qg4-g3 Qd7-d8 a2-a4 b7-b6 h2-h3 Rc7-d7 Kh1-h2 Rd7-c7 ) -2.10/45 200)

score for Black -2.10 depth 45.

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  raymondhow: I found the first move, then wanted to play 31.Rh3 which the engine says is good as 31.Nh6+.
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  Honza Cervenka: A bit too famous for a puzzle. 30.Nf5 is also quite obvious, as 30...gxf5?? 31.Rg3+ Ng7 32.Qf6 leads to mate on g7, and after other moves white can win a lot of material or he can continue in the attack in many ways. But Botvinnik's solution and especially his play leading to that position make still deep impression on me.
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  chrisowen: Lawn its fuzz v quail o great c Nf5 its ho adh its nah its efface v fad give ache much its ho gaff fob Nf5 beauty ):
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  HeMateMe: I sort of got the first move but couldn't find the continuation.
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