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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Andre Lilienthal
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 12, Apr-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  0-1



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  plang: I was not familiar with Lilienthal until a few years ago. I am really impressed with his positional style. His games are very easy to follow; quite logical.
Jul-20-06  Maynard5: This game features tremendous positional play by Lilienthal, as he systematically exploits White's weaknesses on the queenside, while simultaneously holding back the thematic center advance. What is surprising here is that Botvinnik delays the thematic breakthrough with e4 until it is too late. White makes any number of small mistakes, for instance 13. Rd1 instead of posting the rook on e1 to support the advance of the e-pawn, and then 19. Nf4 where the knight is misplaced. White would do better with 19. Nec3, again preparing for an eventual break with e4.

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