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David Bronstein vs Ratmir Kholmov
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 11, Nov-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-12-05  Pawsome: A little early to call a cessation to hostilities isn't it ? Especially with lines like, say, 22. f3 h5 23. Ra2 Qc2 24. Qh4 Qd2 25. Bb5 Qd4+ 26. Be3 Qd8 27. Nf6+ Kh8 28, Bg5 in the offing.
Jan-12-05  lronTigran: I don't think so, nearly all of white's attacking chances have been exhausted. Not to mention the fact that this was the USSR Championships, a very intense tournament where a lose is devastating.

Another reason for the draw may also to get rest, it's hard to play top level chess for 6 hours a day.

Jan-12-05  akiba82: <IronTigran> Yes, that's right. That's the reason Petrosian, Keres and Geller prearranged draws with one another at the Curacao 1962 Candidates tournament. With so many extra rest days compared with the rest of the field, it is not surprising that the opportunistic triumvirate finished at the top of the cross table. The fighters, like Fischer and Korchnoi, were left in the dust.
Jul-25-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik seems to agree more with <Pawsome> and <akiba82> than with <IronTigran>. In his notebook, Botvinnik entered: "Caro-Kann with 3. c4 and 7. a3 (!) Drifted even more than I did against Flohr in Groningen. Drifted, drifted, finally gained the better chances and... offered a draw on the 21st move! What is this - self-restraint or Lilienthal?"

See the game: Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1946 and also Andre Lilienthal .

Jun-11-11  Everett: I have a sense Botvinnik writes "drifted" and "schemed" whenever he doesn't understand Bronstein's moves. All his study and notes did not seem to help him plumb the depths of Bronstein's play, nor prepare him for Bronstein's improvisation OTB. Three years staying dry in his tower probably didn't help his ability to adapt at the board.

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