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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Genrikh Kasparian
11th USSR Championship Semifinal (1938), Leningrad URS, rd 6, May-26
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: I didn't understand this combination so I plugged it into my computer. This is what it thought the critical line was:

14. Nxe6!! fxe6 15. Bxe6 (threatening Rxc8) Nc5 16. Nxc5 Bxc5 17. Bxc8 Rxc8 18. b4 and White regains the piece, with two pawns to boot. Nice!

Jan-15-05  KKW: nice combo!
Feb-13-06  soberknight: Nxe6! is an outstanding finish to a strange miniature. I couldn't quite figure out why it worked until I saw Sneaky's note, and understood the role of the rook on c1.

I assume that Kasparian considered 8...Nc6 to forestall 9 d4. I don't see how White would continue after 9 Bxf7+. Any ideas?

Jun-01-06  ChessDude33: This opening gives a serious lead in development for white, the only problem i can see is the exposed king and backwards d-pawn. 8...Nc6 definately looks a lot better.

<Sneaky> thanks for the continuation.

Jun-01-06  ChessDude33: lol, i just realized Sneaky posted that 4 years ago...
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  GrahamClayton: Kasparian probably had no idea of the bolt from the blue that Botvinnik unleashed with 14.♘e6!. He probably thought that he had exchanged to a relatively even middlegame, which posed no immediate threats. This game shows that even innocous looking positions have hidden traps.
Nov-13-11  bronkenstein: Patriarch miniaturising great composer , who , in return, shows some class by resigning immediately after killer <Nxe6!>.

PS <13...b5!?>.

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  naisortep: Botvinnik was following the game Takacs Rubinstein as he mentions in his collection of games.

S Takacs vs Rubinstein, 1929

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