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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Coenraad Zuidema
Amsterdam IBM (1966), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, Jul-11
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D75)  ·  1-0



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  Benzol: Wonderful positional play by Botvinnik to win this ending.
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  Benzol: 57...♔moves 58.♖c7 and Black loses his pawn.

"Here Black resigned, as he loses his pawn, but within half an hour excitement broke out in the tournament hall. Somebody expressed the opinion that the ending with a pawn at g6 is drawn. I merely replied that I had once seen Smyslov win such an ending against Simagin. After a short time the atmosphere calmed down. A sure way to win was found in a book on the endgame". - Mikhail Botvinnik.

I wonder if this was the game Botvinnik was referring to Smyslov vs Simagin, 1952

Oct-29-04  tayer: Smyslov vs Simagin, 1952 has a diferent endgame than this one. White should win with something like: 57. ... ♔f8 58. ♖c7 c1=♕ 59. ♖xc1 ♔g7 60. ♖c7+ ♔f8 61. ♖f7+ ♔g8 62. ♖d7 ♗a1 63. g7 ♔h7 (the threat is 64. ♔g6 winning ) 64. ♖d1 ♗b2 65. ♖g1 ♗xg7 66. ♖h1+ ♔g8 67. ♔g6 ♔f8 68. ♖f1+ ♔g8 69. ♖c1 ...
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  Benzol: Thanks for the analysis <tayer>. :)
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  Benzol: <eyeQ> posed a question at my forum asking if the move 40...g5 would have drawn and did Botvinnik comment about this move.

OK, his comment in "Half a Century of Chess" after 40...♗f6 (the move Black played) is :

"Black misses the only chance of saving the game by 40...g5, and after 41.f5 Bf6 White would have found it much more difficult (if at all possible) to breach the opponent's defences."

So it appears that 40...g5 will draw, but please don't ask me how.


Apr-13-09  eyeQ: Thank you very much Paul! So my analysis gets confirmed.
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