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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Alexander Buslaev
9th Soviet Team-ch qual group 1 (1963), Moscow URS, rd 2, Aug-08
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0

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May-12-16
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  keypusher: Where would you put your rook if you were White?


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Botvinnik put it on b5.

May-12-16
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  keypusher: Some moves later, after the inevitable exchange sacrifice, Botvinnik goes all in:


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29.g4 hxg4 30.h5 bxc5 31.dxc5, and here Black gave the exchange back and resigned a few moves later.

There were some pretty variations if he took the h-pawn: 31.....gxh5 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33.Qh6+ Ke7 34.Rxe6+. But if he'd played 31.....Bd3 I'm not sure how it would have gone. Has anyone seen notes to this game?

May-13-16
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  keypusher: <34.Rxe6+> A move quicker is 34.Nf5+.
Jul-20-19
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  keypusher: Botvinnik's pawn blitz seems to have been sound overall. But after 30....bxc5 best seems to be 31. h6 f5 32. h7+ Kxh7 33. Kf2 g3+ 34. Kxg3 Be2 35. dxc5 Bh5 36. Qxe6 (+1.17, 53 ply). After 31.dxc5 as in the game, 31....Bd3 32.h6 f6 33.Qxe6+ Kh7 seems close to equal.

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