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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Alexandar Tsvetkov
Moscow (1947), Moscow URS, rd 7, Dec-06
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0



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Jun-03-11  Kinghunt: Very powerful game by Botvinik. Rxc6 threats were on the board for much of the game, and Tsvetkov couldn't handle both them and all the central pressure.
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  plang: 8..Nb6 was a new move; 8..c5 had been played previously. Black's decision to omit ..c5 is hard to understand - his play is painfully passive. Still, Botvinnik's ability to create threats against such a position is impressive. 25..Qh5 was played to answer 26 e5 with 26..fxe 27 dxe..Bc5.
May-19-21  Radmankaruf: I came across to this game in Bent Larsen's "Find the plan" puzzles (Puzzle #40 to be exact), position given after 22...Rf7.

It was still early days for Catalan. Modern 7...a6 move was only to be played by Gligoric in a game he won against Smyslov.

Against very poor coordination of Black pieces, Botvinnik grabs bishop pair, prevents any counterplay (Qb6), creates tactical threats (Rxc6 and d5) and finally opens up the position after which Black's position collapses quickly.

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