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Svetozar Gligoric vs Tigran V Petrosian
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 21, Oct-13
French Defense: Winawer. Classical Variation (C18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-22-13  nescio: A fashionable variation at the time, made notorious by Talj and Botvinnik in their first match game (Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960).

According to Suetin White could have maintained strong pressure with 14.Bf6! and h2-h4 (instead of Gligoric's 14.Bxe7). As far as I know nobody has ever tried this, probably beccause 11...Nbc6 was already mistrusted and 11...Bd7 was preferred, and the fact that the great authority on the Winawer French, Uhlmann, always played 6...Ne7 instead of 6...Qc7. People tended to follow him.

Aug-22-13  csmath: <A fashionable variation at the time, made notorious by Talj and Botvinnik in their first match game (Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960). >

First game in the first match but also 12th game in the second match, and also lost by Botvinnik. Botvinnik played Advance Winaver against Smyslov in the first match twice and also lost one game there.

You gotta give a recognition to Botvinnik for sticking up with opening where he was losing some really important WC games. French and not only Winaver was his pet opening.

French and killing of French was actually made popular by Alekhine who played it mercilessly with both colors and made the most important contributions to theory as in many other openings.

This is arguably the most famous Advance Winaver of all times:

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930

Botvinnik choice of French was probably due to his extensive study of Alekhine as he was seeking improvements in those games. He also proposed that study to young Kasparov though Gazza has never adopted French on the black side.

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