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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Cenek Kottnauer
Moscow (1947), Moscow URS, rd 2, Nov-27
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D13)  ·  1-0



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May-02-07  M.D. Wilson: With a quick glance, Bf1 will threaten Bxb5. Even after an exchange on d7, White should win.
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  manselton: From 43.Kd2 this ending is in Shereshevsky's "Endgame Strategy", Chapter 5 "Do Not Hurry". It makes no material difference but Shereshevsky has the initial position of the White King erroneously on e2 rather than e3.
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  manselton: 43.Kd2

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Black has a bad Bishop and his b-pawn is weak - but so is White's b-pawn. It is not clear that this can be won. The classic plan is to create a second weakness on the K-side with h3-h4-h5. After this the b-pawn or h-pawn should be winnable. The best square for Black's Knight is c4 according to Shereshevsky but Black decides it is better on f5. It does seem more active there, pressurising d4 and h4.

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  manselton: From the position above after 43.Kd2 if Black places his pieces Kg7, Be8, Nc4 it is difficult to see a win for White. I think Kg5 can be met by ...h6+.

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