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Mark Taimanov vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 1, Oct-17
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D48)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-31-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik in his notebook about Bronstein: "'Br' happily went in for the Meran Variation. Taimanov was afraid of a preparation, and played a la Grunfeld, and badly. 'Br' maneuvered with great mastery and apparently had a won game. He evidently miscalculated, but even in the final position he could have played on without any risk. He himself offered a draw! He doesn't like difficult positions after the 30th move!"
Aug-20-06  Hesam7: <Resignation Trap: Botvinnik in his notebook about Bronstein>

How did you get that notebook? Is it published?

Bronstein had a winning position after 24. Qh3. Black should continue with: 24... Ne4! 25. f3 [this is the only defense against ...f6] 25... Nd6 26. Nxd6 Bxb3 27. Nxc8 Rxc8 28. Rf1 [28. Re1 f6 29. Nd3 Qc4 and Black wins. Note that 29. f4 does not work this time because Black has 29...Qxa5] 28... f6 29. f4 Bd5 30. Nd3 Qxa5

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White has a hard time defending his weak pawns.

Aug-21-06  Resignation Trap: <Hesam7> Botvinnik's personal notes from his notebook appear toward the end of this book: . I hope this helps you!

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