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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Nikolai Riumin
USSR Championship (1929), Odessa URS, rd 4, Sep-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Variation (D60)  ·  1-0



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Aug-30-07  Maynard5: This largely unknown Botvinnik game showcases his skill. After 12. ... Nxc3, White gains an early positional advantage, and eventually wins a pawn, establishing a passer on the c-file. From this point onward, it is essentially a matter of technique.
Aug-30-07  paladin at large: <Maynard5> Thanks for pointing this one out. Riumin was tough, too.
May-29-11  dull2vivid: I like 7…c6 because after the white B is on g5, this justifies black expansion on the queenside – as opposed to c5 lines. It is my opinion that black, adopting this line, blows it when he doesn’t play 11.b5, the logical follow up to his plan. Once black switches plans, he slays himself. After 11…b5, followed by ...c5 black is dynamically equal.

Black, instead, simplifying, (by that bad nd5 and nxc3 as the comments mention above) makes white’s domination of the queenside easier, and the win flows naturally, if you can play accurately like B did.

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