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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Alekhine Memorial (1956), Moscow URS, rd 14, Oct-31
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  ray keene: this is another fine example of nimzowitschian overprotection and demonstration of the energy the overprotecting forces can develop!
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  IMlday: 11..Ba6? was really weak, but the improvement 11..a5 didn't score very well either, for example: Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 Related exploration: Benko vs Bisguier, 1962 Eventually the Blacks avoided ..Nf6 in favour of ..Ne7. That is why Qe2 replaced Nbd2 as a preferred move order.
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  ray keene: yes -they went back via nimzo to tchigorin!!
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  ray keene: ps -thanks for newspaper clippings!
Mar-19-06  notyetagm: Another powerful knight sacrifice on f6, 29 ♘f6+!.
Mar-23-06  micartouse: This game is an inspiring KIA. I usually only play KIA when I'm goofing around, but once I get to the position after 10 moves or so with the knights over on the kingside, I think, "Now how do I attack?"

Botvinnik's game and the games IM Day links above provide a tactical roadmap for how to fearlessly approach Black's castled position.

Jul-05-06  sixfeetunder: In my opinion its better for Black to castle queenside against the 2.d3 French, its no so dangerous.
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  whiteshark: What is the winning continuation after <31...Qxf6> ?

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  keypusher: <whiteshark> 32. Qg4+ Kh8 (32....Ng6 33. Qxd7) 33. Bf4 threatens Be5. I don't see a defense after that, which doesn't mean there isn't one.
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  whiteshark: <keypusher>: What about <32.Qg4+ <Qg7>>?

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e.g. <33.Qxg7+ Kxg7 34.Bh6+ Kg8 35.Bxf8 Kxf8 36.Rxh7>, about equal.

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  keypusher: <whiteshark> Right you are. I only considered ...Qg6.
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  keypusher: <Whiteshark> I weakly turned Shredder on the problem. Its favorite line is 31. Rg5+ Ng6 32. Qh5 and the h7 pawn falls, but Black is still very much alive after 32....Re6 33. Qxh7+ Kf8.
Aug-15-08  ughaibu: Does that mean you put Shredder on the setting "weak"?
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  keypusher: <ughaibu: Does that mean you put Shredder on the setting "weak"?>

Yeah, but then it told me, "I'm still better than you'll ever be, punk."

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  perfidious: <keypusher: <ughaibu: Does that mean you put Shredder on the setting "weak"?>

Yeah, but then it told me, "I'm still better than you'll ever be, punk.">


Jul-24-14  jerseybob: IMlday: Explain if you would why Qe2 is better than Nbd2 if black plays Ne7. I know Smyslov occasionally played Qe2 vs. the K.I.R. and the Tchigorin line against the QGD, but there sometimes seemed to be a little Russian boosterism tied in with that.
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