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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Michael Basman
Hastings (1966/67), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Jan-05
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Benzol: This game must have given Botvinnik a suprise.
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  ray keene: it is a masterpiece of strategy by basman and he was unlucky not to win
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  ray keene: botvinniks 12 be3 was weak but he probably didnt like to play bg5 which is blatantly equal and very drawish. by trying to complicate botvinnik gave basman his chance.
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  Benzol: Botvinnik said that Basman was among the most gifted of British players and that his play reminded him of Vladimir Simagin.
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  offramp: Simagin might have played 36...Nf4!
May-27-09  Albertan: Wow only GM Keene has commented on this amazing game! How come no other members know about it?
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  Benzol: <Albertan> <Wow only GM Keene has commented on this amazing game! How come no other members know about it?> Not quite. <offramp> has posted here too.
May-27-09  Poisonpawns: Incredible, My first impression...It looks like a great escape by Botvinnik.
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  GrahamClayton: Basman has said that he had to make a decision on move 58, either 58...♘a5 or 58...♘d4. He took on a5 as it gave him a passed a-pawn, but 58...♘d4 would have centralised the Knight's position, eg 58...♘d4 59.♖h8 ♘e2+

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