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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Nikolai Riumin
USSR Championship (1931), Moscow URS, rd 15, Nov-09
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: A good one for fans of symmetry (check out the position after move 10) and a good example of why Black usually must break the pattern first.
May-05-13  whiteshark: <17...Re5> looks like a remarkable improvement.

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The idea is to concentrate forces and play against white's weak kingside (pawns) e.g. <18.Bg4 Qf6 19.Kg2 h5 20.Bh3 Qg6+ 21.Kh1 Qf6>

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  saffuna: Move 10: "Come on, we don't all have to be on the d-file."
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  OhioChessFan: <whiteshark> yes, the weak f Pawn is an obvious target, and pushing the g Pawn deprived Black of f6 for his Queen.
Nov-03-16  capafischer1: Botvinnik had an incredible 18 wins vs only 2 losses on the white side of Slav.
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  nizmo11: Very tense game, played on round 15/17 when Riumin was leading the tournament ahead of Botvinnik.
Perhaps there exist an alternate history, where on move 22

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Riumin plays 22...Bd6! when Black not worse, then draws the game and retains his lead to the end.

Jun-05-22  tbontb: A tense encounter. In a symmetrical opening, Botvinnik as White gains a small advantage of an extra pawn in exchange for a broken K-side pawn structure. After the inaccuracy 21.Rac1 (probably d6 was better, edge for White) Black Riumin misses his chance with 22....Qd6 (better ....Bd6, 23.f4 Rxa2, edge for Black) whereupon the advanced d-pawn costs a piece and the game.

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