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Savielly Tartakower vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 13, Aug-29
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1



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Oct-16-05  paladin at large: An unsual ending, an interesting feature of which is, for the last 25 moves, the white king cannot move.
Nov-30-05  fred lennox: My favorite Tartakower defeat. I call it the 100th battle. So called because it is game 100 in the 100 Selected. (And to give a sequel to the 50th battle!) The concluding game to this great book. One of two ways Botvinnik shows respect to Tartakower. Too subtle except for himself, I know. I also know Botvinnik does nothing casually. Though the oddity of the pairing is obvious, it is not hard to imagine Botvinnik admiring Tartakower games for more than good play.
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  nasmichael: Beautiful position and mobilization.
Aug-18-08  whiteshark: Botwinnik's <41...h5> was the sealed move.

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  Domdaniel: Both players made small but crucial errors coming up to the time control. Botvinnik would probably have had a more mundane win with 33...Nxd4, getting rid of the potentially troublesome d-pawn. Then Tartakover made a fatal mistake by exchanging rooks - he had drawing chances by keeping them on, and perhaps playing 37.Ne4.

After the rook exchange, Botvinnik's beautiful winning idea is full steam ahead. In several lines black wins by a single tempo - but what a tempo. And what a game.

Mar-02-11  Wyatt Gwyon: A lot of precise calculation needed to pull this one out.
Jul-15-12  Chessdreamer: the tournament book has this game as <7.Bd3 b6 8.cxb6 axb6 9.O-O O-O 10.Nc3 Bg4> and <34.d5 g4 35.Re3 Rf5 36.Nc3 Rf6 37.Re6 Kg7>.
Sep-03-12  botchvinnik: I wonder if 39.a4 could have saved the game (instead of 39.d6) !? I looked at 39...Ke5, 39 ... Nd2 and 39 ...h5 and could not see a win for Black
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  Mrcomputer55: Is on 24. ..... Qxd4 not better for black?
Dec-02-16  andrea volponi: 44 b4 Cd4-b5!! Cxb5- a4 Cc7-a5=

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