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Bogdan Sliwa vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Alekhine Memorial (1956), Moscow URS, rd 10, Oct-24
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1



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Oct-23-06  Resignation Trap: Sliwa makes a bid for a brilliancy with 17.Qh6.

On 17...Qxc2? 18.Re7+! Kxe7 19.Qg7+ Ke6 20.Re1+ when Black has to interpose with his Queen with 20...Qe5, whereupon White has 21.Rxe5+ dxe5 22.Qxc7 and the Queen is boss.

If Black tries (after 17...Qxc2 18.Re7+ Kxe7 19.Qg7+ Ke6 20.Re1+) Kf5, he gets mated quickly after 21.Re5+!

Oct-23-06  Resignation Trap: After White played his 41st move, they adjourned in this position:

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It seems as though White has more than enough Pawns for the Knight. Indeed, if 41...Qxc2 42.g4+ hxg3 43.Qxc2 Nxc2 44.d5! Kh4 45.d6 Kxh3 46.d7 is a draw.

Botvinnik found a remarkable win for Black in his adjournment analysis.

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  keypusher: 46. gxh3 47. Qc6+ 48. Kh2 Qf3! and White has no answer to ...Nf1+. Remarkable indeed.
Aug-04-10  trog: why doesn't white exchange queens on move 17? followed by Bxc7? am i missing something?
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  perfidious: <trog> In Botvinnik's annotations to this game, he commended his opponent's judgment in avoiding the position which would have arisen after 17.♕xf5 gxf5 18.♗xc7 ♘c4, as he felt Black should hold the ending, and considered that the continuation Sliwa chose was far more dangerous to Black.
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  zydeco: Sliwa would always play well and never win. He seems to be a clear pawn ahead at the start of the endgame on move 28, but the bishop is more vulnerable than it appears. Chasing the pawn on a7 turns out to be a bad idea.
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