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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Laszlo Szabo
EUR-chT (Men) 3rd (1965), Hamburg FRG, rd 9, Jun-15
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Yates Defense (E83)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Long and hard battle. From the opening Botvinnik had better position as his Queenside attack was more dangerous than Szabo's attempts on the Kingside. But for some reason which I don't know Botvinnik broke the realization of his plan on the Queenside and started some operations on the Kingside. What's wrong with 23.b5 instead of 23.g4?

39.Rxh5 was a mistake. 39.Ne2 would have been better. Botvinnik probably overlooked pretty shot of black in the 40th move. Of course, 41.Qxd3 is not possible for 41...Rxg1+ with mate.

Dec-10-09  ILoveCrazyhouse: 30..h5 looks ridiculous
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  beatgiant: <Honza>
<What's wrong with 23.b5> On 23. b5 <Nf4!?> anyway, breaking open White's kingside. What did you find against that?
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  perfidious: <Honza Cervenka> White's probably okay after 23.b5, though I've a feeling he was worried about 23....Nf4 in reply.

In this line, 24.gxf4 gxf4 25.bxa6 bxa6 26.Ng3 looks worth a try.

Botvinnik might have considered 23.cxd6, but I don't believe he has any advantage after 23....Rxf1+ 24.Qxf1 cxd6 or simply 23....cxd6.

Mar-19-12  cunctatorg: Perhaps this game has by all means a Game of the Day potential!!...
Sep-23-22  jerseybob: <Honza Cervenka: ....39.Rxh5 was a mistake. 39.Ne2 would have been better.> If 39.Ne2,h4 looks strong, keeping white pieces out of g3, and gaining time for possibly Qg5!? with Rxe4 looming. That may be why Botvinnik chose to eliminate the h-pawn.

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