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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vitaly Sergeevich Sherbakov
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 3, Feb-14
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  1-0



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  Mating Net: Fine example of a Boa Constrictor game, squeezing your opponent until he suffocates from the overwhelming pressure.

In this case the f pawn, a frequently gambited pawn, is the star of the game & the main source of pressure. Black has to play ...f5 or ...f6 at some point to slow down the attack. Otherwise, White is more than happy to just push the little fella thus increasing the pressure.

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  keypusher: In the final position, 23....Ne8 loses to the pretty 24. Ne6. If 24...Bxe6, 25. Rf4 and there is no defense to 26. Rh4. If 24....fxe6, then 25. f7+ Rxf7 26. Rxf7+ Kxf7 27. Qxh7+ Ng7 28. Rf1+.
Aug-11-10  LIFE Master AJ:

I annotate this game. (The asterisks indicate alternative lines.)

Dec-17-13  nummerzwei: The final position is Vishy's wildest dreams come true.
Aug-04-14  cdowis: Bronznik suggests
Oct-22-14  devere: On 23...Ne8 24.Nd5! cxd5 25.Rf4 and checkmate cannot be stopped.
Oct-22-14  capafischer1: If on 21....Ne8 first you close the King in by playing F6 then no matter what black does you simply play Rf4 followed by Rh4 and mate next move.
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