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Mikhail Botvinnik vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1945), Moscow URS, rd 9, Jun-14
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-25-09  Everett: 32..Bh6 threatens 33..Nxe4 34.fxe4 f3
Dec-04-09
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  plang: Botvinnik played 9 d5 instantaneously perhaps with the intention of punishing the young Bronstein. Although he succeeded in winning the a-pawn Bronstein had active counterplay and Bronstein never seemed in real danger of losing. In fact, Botvinnik never played 9 d5 again.
Jan-24-13  Everett: One of only four draws given up by Botvinnik in this tournament. The other fourteen games were all victories for the "Patriarch." A complete beast of a performance.
Jan-24-13
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  HeMateMe: Does that mean +12 in tournament speak? That must be the all time record for an elite tournament. And, he had the goods to beat Tal in a WC match, 16 years later.
Jan-25-13  Everett: < HeMateMe: Does that mean +12 in tournament speak?>

I think it means +7, but I'm not sure. If the mean score of all 18 games played for any person is 9, and Botvinnik scored 16 points, that is 7 points above the mean.

Or it might be a lot simpler: +14. When Karpov won Linares in 1994, he was +9 =4 for a score of 11/13. I've only seen this written as +9.

BTW, thank you <keypusher> for bringing my attention to this remarkable result.

Jan-25-13
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  andrewjsacks: <HeMateMe> He had the goods to beat an ill Tal...
Jan-25-13  Shams: <HeMateMe> Botvinnik finished +13, actually. <Everett>'s statement of fourteen wins is correct, but as the tournament page explains Botvinnik's win against Flohr was scrubbed when the latter exited early from the tournament.
Jan-26-13
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  Phony Benoni: <+> is simply points won minus points lost. You can compute it as Wins minus Losses (14 wins, no losses is +14), or as Points Scored minus Points Lost (11/13 means 11 points scored, 2 points (13-11) lost, for +9).
Oct-10-15  Brown: >Everett: 32..Bh6 threatens 33..Nxe4 34.fxe4 f3>

This sequence could have been effective even after the R moves from c1, now that Bronstein put more pressure on the f-file with ..Qf7. For instance, If <34.Nxa5 then ..Nxe4 35.fxe4 f3 36.Qh3 Rxe4> sees Black with a lot of activity and two pawns for the N.

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