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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Samuel Reshevsky
"AVRO Cadaver" (game of the day Oct-21-2020)
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 3, Nov-10
English Opening: King's English. Taimanov Variation (A25)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-07  M.D. Wilson: Yes indeed, technical draw; Botvinnik was somewhat of a Mr Spock, even in the '30s. The finish is clever, but as soon as Reshevsky loses the 7th rank with Rd7+, the game is virtually finished.
May-09-09  xombie: Lord love a Bot! Can anyone illuminate the move 25. Nxd6? I can see two things, but it seems to me that the obvious cxd6 c7 Bxa8 Qxc7 may not be strong enough.

For one thing, this will win quietly in the long run because of the two bishops and queen shepherding the b-pawn. But one can't fail to consider Nxd6 as a pure sac either because white can then play b5. Say, if play had continued 25 ... cxd6 26. b5 Rb8 and now white has to fear Qb6 it seems and the exchanging of the black squared bishop to its long diagonal counterpart. Also, b6 cannot be played directly. So white has to prepare it with Bd4.

Am I missing something?

May-09-09  AnalyzeThis: This game was a powerful display by Botvinnik.
Oct-22-11  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 10...Ne5 is 10...Nc6-d4
Jul-25-18  Inocencio: The power of two bishops plus a dangerous passed pawn is enough for Botvinnik to deliver the final blow for a knockout punch!
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  Phony Benoni: A little magic from Botvinnik.
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  HeMateMe: this must have appeared in Botvinnik's <100 selected games>?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Both 13...Nc5 and 22...Bd7 puzzle me—they seem to say “Please, I encourage you to play very strong pawn moves and drive my pieces back.” What did I miss this time?
Oct-21-20  ndg2: Illustrates drastically the problem of staying passive in chess. Reshevsky didn't play badly, quite the opposite. He didn't commit any obvious blunders. But he couldn't develop any initiative of his own and simply gets slowly suffocated.
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  Messiah: Extremely terrible pun for an extremely good game.
Oct-21-20  schnarre: Botvinnik displaying his prowess in fine fashion!
Oct-21-20  morfishine: Wow, what a game, looks almost scripted
Oct-21-20  Ironmanth: Tremendous execution here; thanks chessgames! Y'all stay safe out there.
Oct-21-20  paavoh: Great pun on "magic" too. Reshevsky became a cadaver here although not in the tournament with 7/14.
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  keypusher: <HeMateMe: this must have appeared in Botvinnik's <100 selected games>?>

Yes, along with his other two wins from the tournament, Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 and Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938. But this one might be my favorite.

Oct-21-20  RookFile: Reshevsky wasted too much time with his knights. An example a move he omitted was ...Re8, either before or after Botvinnik got his Re1 in. You don't just give the guy the powerful central file for free.
Oct-21-20  W Westerlund: Great game. What is Mr. Spock about it? Botvinnik's moves 21 to 26 all deserve a !. After that, Black was lost.
Oct-21-20  RoseMei: Is the pun for this game supposed to sound like "abracadabra"? The word said by magicians? If not, then I don't understand the pun.
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  OhioChessFan: <Rose>, yes. It's a nice pun, more clever than good. I'm sure I'm not the only person to think of Tal.
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  Check It Out: <RookFile> Thanks for pointing that out. Not challenging the e-file with a rook made the powerful exchange sac 26.Rxe6 possible.
Oct-21-20  Axel1940: I agree with RookFile: Sammy -- too much horsing around.
Oct-21-20  SChesshevsky: Looks like Reshevsky goes for something similar to a reversed Closed Sicilian Chameleon line. A line used by Fischer as white in his 1992 match.

A variation tricky enough as white. Playing it a tempo down and then losing another one or two through inaccuracies probably has to be too tough.

Nov-11-20  morfishine: <RoseMei: Is the pun for this game supposed to sound like "abracadabra"? The word said by magicians?> Yes, you are correct
Mar-16-21  Gaito: A wonderful game, with the perfection of a scientist. Some of Botvinnik's games are breathtaking positional masterpieces.
Mar-16-21  Gaito: Every chess student aspiring to improve their understanding and skill in the art of positional chess should study Botvinnik's finest games.
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