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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Mikhail Tal
Botvinnik - Tal World Championship Match (1960), Moscow URS, rd 10, Apr-05
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation 7…c6 (E88)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-21-05
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  wwall: After 46.Ne4, White is threatening 47.Nf6+, forking King and Rook.

If 46.Nxb7, then 46...Rb5 47.Rd1 a4, then 48...Rxb6.

Perhaps 46...Bg7.

After 47.Nf6, White is threatening mate with 48.Rg8 mate.

Perhaps 47...Rd8.

Perhaps Black should preserve his Bishop and play 49...Bd2 or 49...Bc1.

Feb-23-09
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  plang: Game 10 of the match. Botvinnik clearly had the initiative after having won games 8 and 9 to pull within a point. At the 1958 Portoroz Interzonal Tal, as White, had played 11 h4 against Gligoric but after 11..h5 his attack had stalled. Tal's 11 Nge2 had also been answered by 11..h5 in several previous games with White having responded with 12 g5, 12 h3 and 12 gxh. Botvinnik's pawn sacrifice 12 Bg5 was new. Although apparently the line had been prepared at home Botvinnik had used 47 minutes through the 14th move; twice as much time as Tal. Tal was very critical of 17..a5? because of the weakness it created in his queenside; he recommended 17..Qb6 with the idea of ..Rd8 and ..Qd4. Tal was very impressed by 19 Bf2! offering the exchange of queens though a pawn down feeling that White had a clear advantage at this point. Tal felt that Botvinnik lost his advantage with 23 Nxh5 leaving the e pawn unprotected; he recommended 23 Rb1 instead. 32 Nc4?! allowed Tal to get rid of his backward pawn with 32..f5!. At the end of the first time control Tal was threatening to take the initiative with 40..Bh6 but Botvinnik's 40 Be4! gave him the best chance of maintaining the balance though if Tal had played 41..Rc3! he would have maintained good winning chances. 46 Nxb7..Rb5 47 Ra1 would also have provided good drawing chances but Botvinnik preferred to keep his knight centralized.
Mar-07-11  soothsayer8: Seems to me while looking at these games that Botvinnik was the better endgame player than Tal.
Apr-23-11  bronkenstein: <plang: Game 10 of the match. Botvinnik clearly had the initiative after having won games 8 and 9 to pull within a point. At the 1958 Portoroz Interzonal Tal, as White, had played 11 h4 against Gligoric but after 11..h5 his attack had stalled. Tal's 11 Nge2 had also been answered by 11..h5 in several previous games with White having responded with 12 g5, 12 h3 and 12 gxh. Botvinnik's pawn sacrifice 12 Bg5 was new. Although apparently the line had been prepared at home Botvinnik had used 47 minutes through the 14th move; twice as much time as Tal. Tal was very critical of 17..a5? because of the weakness it created in his queenside; he recommended 17..Qb6 with the idea of ..Rd8 and ..Qd4. Tal was very impressed by 19 Bf2! offering the exchange of queens though a pawn down feeling that White had a clear advantage at this point. Tal felt that Botvinnik lost his advantage with 23 Nxh5 leaving the e pawn unprotected; he recommended 23 Rb1 instead. 32 Nc4?! allowed Tal to get rid of his backward pawn with 32..f5!. At the end of the first time control Tal was threatening to take the initiative with 40..Bh6 but Botvinnik's 40 Be4! gave him the best chance of maintaining the balance though if Tal had played 41..Rc3! he would have maintained good winning chances. 46 Nxb7..Rb5 47 Ra1 would also have provided good drawing chances but Botvinnik preferred to keep his knight centralized.>

Nice .

This game seems to be deeper and more instructive than the number of kibitzers indicates ... though it ended in a draw, therefore it should be dull :)

Another potential positional masterpiece of Botvinnnik , spoiled in time trouble , typical scenario of games in this match ( Tal seemed to agree with this POW in his biography ).

May-22-15  DanielHoseano: But why? Tal had 2 pawns
Dec-20-17  Mazymetric: Black should've avoided the exchange at move 49. As <wwall> have suggested, black should've played 49...Bd2 or 49...Bg7 After 49...Bd2 50.Nxh5 Bc3 51.Rg4 Rd6 52.Rc4 Bd4, white will lose his b-pawn and black is clearly winning.
Dec-20-17  Mazymetric: <wwall: If 46.Nxb7, then 46...Rb5 47.Rd1 a4, then 48...Rxb6.> 48...Rxb6 wouldn't work because 48.Rd7+ Kg8 49.Nc5. If black now plays 49...Rxb6, black would lose his a-pawn and position is about equal. I think, the stronger continuation would be 47...Bf4 48.Ra1 Rxb6 49.Nxa5 Kg6.

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