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Dragutin Sahovic vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Belgrade (1969), Belgrade YUG, rd 14, Dec-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Gurgenidze System (B15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-16-04  Ziggurat: Does anybody know which master it was that allegedly kibitzed during this game, causing Sahovic to notice a trap that Botvinnik had set at move 22? When Sahovic dodged the trap at move 23, the game was drawn.

Botvinnik writes: "In this game, I lost not only a valuable half-point, but also something even more valuable - a friend. I had always admired his talent for chess and felt the deepest sympathy for him. I couldn't for my life understand why he would do this. (...)"

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  Gypsy: Don't know the answer, but still interested in the trap itself. I guess the primary bait was 23.Nxf7 Nxf7? 24.Bg6. The change-up is 23.-Rxd3, with the punchline of 24.Rxd3?(cxd3?) Nxf7. And after 23.Nxf7? Rxd3(!) 24.Nxe5 Rxe3, Black has a reasonable edge into an endgame. Is that the line?
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  Benzol: <Ziggurat> I've wondered the same thing myself. Anyone know which other Russian grandmasters played in the same tournament? Geller might have been one I think.
Apr-17-04  Ziggurat: <Gypsy>, Botvinnik was hoping for 23. Nxf7? Nxf7 24. Bg6, after which 24. - Ng3! wins a piece. 25. Bxf7 runs into 25. - Ne2+ with mate, and 25. Rxd8+ is answered by 25. - Nxd8, saving the piece.
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  Gypsy: Thanks <Ziggurat>. This brings me to an interesting point I thus far failed to mention on these pages for a fear that I would be laughed off the forum. I think people fail to give Botvinnik his due as a tactician!

Although Botvinnik combinations never came easy to him, the ones he did pull off are ammong the most sublime of all!

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  Gypsy: Regarding the kibitzing. I doubt a Russian would so transgress. I'd suspect one of the Yugo's.
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  tamar: Geller had trouble concealing his emotions
at the chessboard, and it may have been him who (inadvertently, I am guessing) gestured or exclaimed as he stood watching. Spraggett notes that Geller had trouble being poker faced, and many players noticed it, including Fischer. It didn't help that Geller beat Botvinnik like a drum in their meeting,Botvinnik vs Geller, 1969 and Botvinnik ended up with a poor tournament showing.
Jul-03-04  ForeverYoung: I think I read in Chess Life that Polugaevsky said "aren't you the sly one". Then Sahovic noticed the trap.

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