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Iosif Pogrebissky vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1939), Leningrad URS, rd 13, May-06
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  0-1



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Jul-19-07  bettermove: Un tres bon partie pour noire
-tres simple n'est pas!
White has nowhere to run and has been well beaten, je pense! I will definitely study Botvinniks black Winawer games as he seems to know how to play this!Probably worhwhile studying how he played it as White (did he ever?)
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  keypusher: <bettermove>

According to opening explorer, three times, all in 1927.

Repertoire Explorer: Mikhail Botvinnik (white)

Jul-21-07  bettermove: Thanks <keypusher>
He didn't face it much then as White with only three games in the database here (2 wins and a loss). I think it a little strange he played the Winawer so much more as Black than as White, but no matter! He must have played a lot more other French variations as white. I will look at the opening explorer to investigate.
Jan-12-11  Ulhumbrus: 32...e5!! opens suddenly the diagonal h3-c8 for Black's Queen's Bishop to perform the manoeuvre Bd7-f5-e4
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  perfidious: <bettermove> It's hardly strange at all-Botvinnik's repertoire as White, especially as a mature GM, was chiefly queenside openings, and the French was one of the foundation stones of his Black play through the 1950s.
Jan-25-16  MekkiAlgeria: 37.Rg2 Rh1+ 38. Rg1 Qh7
Jun-02-19  Inocencio: Anti-positional. Some great players like Fischer consider French Defense as anti-positional. I do not think so. French Defense is a solid defense which sometimes very hard to penetrate to an attacking player who wanted flying pieces in the board.

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