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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Botvinnik - Petrosian World Championship Match (1963), Moscow URS, rd 8, Apr-08
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D27)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-04-08  Knight13: 13...Bxa3 was needed if Black is to grab the guy on e5, but caused him problems on the dark squares and had to give the pawn back. One of those clever Botvinnik ideas, huh. :-)
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  GrahamClayton: Botvinnik varies from Game 6 (Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963), sacrificing a pawn with 11. e5.

Botvinnik had obviously prepared this sacrifice, but Petrosian defended well.

After Petrosian accepted the sacrifice with 14...♘xe5, Botvinnik spent 45 minutes before playing 15. b3, probably realising that his sacrifice did not give him the attack he thought it would.

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  zydeco: "A game which was typical of my play against Petrosian," writes Botvinnik. "Lots of interesting ideas but badly executed."

Botvinnik had prepared 15.b3 but decided over the board that it wasn't particularly strong. After the game he found 15.Rd1 Qg4 16.Qc2 Nxc4 (if ....Qxc4 17.Rc3) 17.Rg3 Qh5 18.Rg5 Qh4 19.Rxg7 with the threat of Bg5.

16.Bb2 is stronger than 17.Ra2.

On move 21, white is threatening Qb6-c7, and 21...Rh6 is answered by 22.Rd5 Bxd5 23.Qc5, so black gives back a pawn to improve the position of his king.

Botvinnik was very proud of 45.Rb3! -- instead of the more obvious 45.h5.

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  zydeco: This is the game where Botvinnik offered a draw and Petrosian pretended not to hear him.......which seems to have rattled Botvinnik
Mar-13-14  Petrosianic: He might not have been pretending. Petrosian had severe hearing problems, and often kept his hearing aid turned off during play.
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