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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vladislav Silich
USSR Championship (1929), Odessa URS, rd 3, Sep-11
Indian Game: Saemisch-Indian (A50)  ·  1-0



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Jun-24-07  myteacher34: 3..d5 prevents the attack I think
May-29-11  dull2vivid: 8.c5?! … the idea of fixing the c-file-doubled pawns is too slow a counter of white center. It is better for the sake of initiative to play Nd7 with the idea of an eventual …e5, or …f5 to free the game. The played move doesn’t adequately deal with the center, and is therefore too divergent a maneuver.

10. f5 anticipating an e5 push from either side. Nice move.

11.e5 would perhaps have been stronger

15… h4 followed by h3 and Nxc4 and black has enough to call it equal. Instead black plays 15. e5? and white ceases the initiative with a positional understanding that winning the center is more important than losing h2, and then whites rooks queen and bishop dominate the center and black is lost on the whites kingside without any attack.

(To the last comment, 3...d5 leaves white with space advantage after cxd. and prevents nothing.)

May-01-13  wlg: In his book, Botvinnik commented:
"Best of all here is probably 4 ..., P-Q4 to sharpen the struggle. In Black's text continuation White gets a very strong centre."

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