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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vera Menchik
Hastings (1934/35), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-31
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0

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Oct-19-04  AdrianP: Nice combination from Botvinnik from a dry position, winning the exchange.
Mar-29-07  echever7: The position dont seem to me dry. There a lot of subtleties here. White stood better before the chance of combination came.
Jun-19-08  apexin: nice game by botvinnik.
Aug-07-09  Knight13: <7. Bxc4> Seriously, most people would've played Bg3 without thinking, and the bishop is good here. Why did Botvinnik exchange it?

After a few moves, you'll realize that White can place a strong knight on e5 due to the pawn on f4, and at the same time gain more control in the center.

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Feb-17-11  KingG: <Knight13> The virtues of such positions with doubled f-pawns was well known from the games of Rubinstein(eg Rubinstein vs Mieses, 1909, Rubinstein vs K Treybal, 1912, Rubinstein vs E Canal, 1929) and Alekhine(eg Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1923), as well as some other Botvinnik games(eg Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1930). If one is familiar with these games, then 7.Bxc4 is no longer so surprising.

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