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A Zhivtsov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
23rd Ch Moscow (1943), Moscow (URS)
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Szabo Variation (D44)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 b5 <The Botvinnik System is one of the sharpest lines around> 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 <A temporary piece sacrifice which wins a Pawn> hxg5 <9 ... Nd5?! 10. Nxf7 or 10. Nf3 Opening Explorer > 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. Qf3 <11. exf6 Bb7 12. g3 c5 13. d5 Qb6 Van Wely vs Shirov, 2005 ; 11. g3 is the most successful approach Opening Explorer > Bb7 <[last book move]<>> <11 ... Qb6 12. Bxf6 Nxf6 13. exf6 Bb7 D Wheatley vs Kamsky, 1989 > 12. exf6 Qb6 13. Qe3 0-0-0 <Black's King is safe since Black owns that quarter of the board> 14. 0-0-0 Qa5 15. Kb1 Nb6 16. h4 <[16. Be2 b4 17. Ne4 Nd5 ]<>> b4 17. Ne4 <[17. Ne2 c5 ]<>> c5 18. f3 c3 <The Queenside Pawn wedge opens lines against White's King> 19. Be2 Bd5 20. a3 Na4 <Black's Queenside pieces all contribute to the attack> 21. dxc5 Bxc5 22. Nxc5 Nxc5 <Black trades the inactive Bf8 for the centralized Ne4> 23. bxc3? <[23. g4 =]<>> bxc3 24. Rd3 <Black threatened 24 ... Qb6+ & 25 ... Qb2#> <[24. Ba6+ Nxa6 25. Qc1 Bc4 ]<>> Qb6+ 25. Kc1 Qb2+ 26. Kd1 Nxd3 <[26 ... Qb1+ 27. Qc1 Bb3+ 28. Ke1 Nxd3+ 29. Bxd3 Qxd3 30. Kf2 ]<>> 27. Bxd3 Bb3+ 0-1 <Black wins a piece after 28. Ke1 Qd2+ 29. Qxd2 cxd2+ 30. Bxd2 Rxd3, or 30. Kxd2 Bc4>

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