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Eleazar Jimenez Zerquera vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Palma de Mallorca (1967), Palma ESP, rd 13, Dec-12
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  0-1

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Sep-20-05
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  keypusher: Nice game by Botvinnik with a funny conclusion (though I am sure Jimenez wasn't laughing). Botvinnik did great things with the Pirc/Robatsch.
Apr-30-07  PizzatheHut: Very pretty conclusion.
May-05-07  notyetagm: <keypusher: Nice game by Botvinnik with a funny conclusion (though I am sure Jimenez wasn't laughing). Botvinnik did great things with the Pirc/Robatsch.>

Great things indeed. In this database Botvinnik has a god-like record of <+15 =5 -0> in 20 games playing the Black side of the Pirc Defense! Yes, that is not a typo: Botvinnik scored <87.5%(!)> (17.5/20) as Black using the Pirc Defense.

Is this the greatest record with Black in an opening in this database? It is difficult to imagine someone doing better by scoring 90% with Black in a particular opening.

May-05-07  notyetagm: <PizzatheHut: Very pretty conclusion.>

Absolutely!

Position after 35 ♕f2-d2? ♗e7-c5!!:


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The obvious threats are 36 ... ♕d3x♕d2, exploiting the <ABSOLUTE PIN> of the White e3-bishop to the White g1-king along the g1-a7 diagonal by the Black c5-bishop, and also simply capturing twice on e3 with 36 ... ♗c5x♗e3+ 37 ♕d2x♗e3 ♕d3x♕e3.

What is not so obvious is that 35 ... ♗e7-c5!! wins at least a whole piece! Why? Because after 36 ♕d2x♕d3 c4xd3, Black cannot simultaneously meet the threat to the <HANGING> White e3-bishop -and- stop the passed Black d3-pawn (<POWERFUL PASSED PAWN>)from promoting.

(VAR) Position after 36 ♕d2x♕d3 c4xd3:


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White's best attempts to meet both of these threats is 37 ♔g1-f2 d3-d2! <pin> ♔f2-e2 ♗c5x♗e3 <overworked>, losing a whole piece.

(VAR) Position after 37 ♔g1-f2 d3-d2! ♔f2-e2 ♗c5x♗e3:


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May-05-07  notyetagm: 35 ... ♗e7-c5!! <REMOVE THE GUARD> is a tremendous tactical shot by Botvinnik.
Feb-16-12  LawrenceBernstein: <REMOVE THE GUARD> yes, nice one.
Dec-25-13  clement41: Must be extremely rewarding to play such a destroying yet simple move! Beautiful
Dec-26-13
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  perfidious: Black's last move probably spelt one of the most psychologically deflating moments of Jimenez' career, as the apparent honourable draw with the former champion vanished into thin air.
Jun-01-20  SpiritedReposte: <35. ...Bc5!> A decoy that also uses pinning and promotion motifs.

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