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Ratmir Kholmov vs Rashid Nezhmetdinov
USSR Championship (1954), Kiev URS, rd 1, Jan-08
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  1-0

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Aug-28-09  KASTILOWSKY: rxf6 ! bring the temathic them back rank mate .
Jul-06-12  Everett: The Botvinnik System strikes again.
Aug-25-12  Everett: There are some instructive moments for those considering these formations.

With 8.0-0 Kholmov doesnt care about his LSB being swapped with ...Bh3 because this bishop isn't doing much at the moment. Nehz feels it is better to exchange his LSB for a N, considering the closed position, and so his 10th and 11th make sense.

The problem with playing a KID vs the Botvinnik System is the placement of black's Nf6. White's f-pawn push comes much faster, and black has no time to meet 14.gxf4 with ...f5. The result is control of the f-file and even the dark squares, despite the presence of DSBs.

A note of warning for White players here is that the issue of the a7-g1 diagonal must always be considered when pushing f4. In this game it was Black's only source of counterplay, and not quite enough, but it can cause problems. One way to block this counterplay is to exchange on d4 in such a way as to leave a black pawn there.

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