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Mark Taimanov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship Playoff (1953), Moscow URS, rd 3, Jan-28
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-10-15  zydeco: Wow! Great game! I would go insane in the position around move 35, with four pieces en prise, and a fast-moving passed pawn, and mating attacks to calculate.

Botvinnik makes an odd strategic decision with 21....b4. He probably figured that he wanted a closed, stable position in order to play with knights against bishops, but black cuts off his own queenside play and white gets a long-lasting initiative.

White seems to have an overwhelming position around move 31, but Botvinnik finds creative counter play.

36.g3 Qxh5 37.Kxe1 Kxg7 38.dxc7 Rxc7 seems like an interesting alternative.

I have a feeling that white can win with 43.Qd5.

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