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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Otto Benkner
"Otto Be More Careful" (game of the day Dec-04-2010)
Moscow Olympiad qual-1 (1956), Moscow URS, rd 3, Sep-03
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0



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Jul-12-03  fred lennox: 290 Bh3! This little known jewel is an example of Botvinnik exploiting the diagonal of the bishop with decisive effect. His strategy was not as a rule clear-cut and end game orientated like Capablanca. Such strategy favors exploiting open files. Open diagonals is more complex and can be risky by giving chances to opponent if not careful. This is more akin to Botvinnik's nature.
Nov-10-06  GufeldStudent: This really is an impressive game. Rogozenko has some interesting comments on this game in his lecture, which is at playchess, on the long diagonal.
Dec-04-10  rilkefan: Is black already lost after 21.Qg3? I guess ...Nf6 drops f5 without compensation, but - hmm, no, e4 isn't tolerable. Maybe 11...h6 is already bad. Or playing Be6 before f5 if 11...h6 is needed for some reason?
Dec-04-10  4tmac: 21. ..g6? was not a good move. 22. e4! best by test. :)
Dec-04-10  WhiteRook48: white will be three pieces up
Dec-04-10  David2009: Rewind to move 22 with White to play

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M Botvinnik vs O Benkner 1956 22? I have fed the above position into Crafty End Game Trainer for it to defend as Black against all human comers. Link:

The EGT follows the game defence until move 26 when it finds the significant improvement 26...Qc2! to leave

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  kevin86: Instead of exchanging queens,white goes for the throat!
Dec-04-10  Owerbart: nice birthday gift from chessgames.

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