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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship Playoff (1953), Moscow URS, rd 4, Jan-31
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Taimanov Variation (E40)  ·  1-0



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Jun-23-08  Marmot PFL: Couldn't Taimanov play 27...Kxg7 and escape by Kf7-e8? Or if 28.Qh5 Rf7 and Kf8 and it's not clear how white's attack will succeed.
Jun-24-10  xombie: The Bot was a god. 24. Nxd5!. His whole attack goes in clockwork fashion mostly.
Jul-11-15  zydeco: <Marmot PFL> Good point. I think white meets 27....Kxg7 with 28.f5 and 29.e4. If the dark-squared bishop is involved, white's attack is pretty dangerous -- but that's definitely a viable defensive idea for black.

By the way, I think Botvinnik may have been very innovative with maneuvers like 10.g4 and 12.0-0. That kind of thing (pushing pawns on the same side of the board as the castled king) is a staple of contemporary chess but would have looked somewhat odd in 1953.

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  wwall: Botvinnik annotated this game for a book called Botvinnik's Creative Work in Chess, edited by Baturnsky. He wrote that 27.g7 Re8 was a rare case of mutual blindness. It was only after the game that it was established that Black could take the pawn with his king, but in the heat of the moment, this seemed too risky to both players. He analyzed 27 g7 Kxg7 28.Rg2+ Kf7 or 28.Qh5 Rf7. He wrote that best was 28.f5! Kf7 29.e4 Ke7 30.Bd2 and White would have some practical drawing chances (but Black can still play 30...Bb6 for a better game - Wall). He also wrote that if he had played 27.Re1, then Black loses by force. But after 27.Re1 f5 and 28...Qg7, it looks like Black is winning. In his line 28.f5 Kf7 29.e4, stronger than 29...Ke7 seems 29...Bb6 (threatening 30...Bxd4+). If 30.Bd2, then 30...exf5 looks like a win for Black. If 30.fxe6+ Qxe6 31.Qxe6+ Kxe6 should win for Black. Instead of 27.g7? or 27.Re1, perhaps best for White is 27.d5, threatening 28.Qxe6. After 27.d5 Re8 28.Bb2 now looks strong for White.
Jan-24-23  andrea volponi: 22bxh7= (f5! ⩲): 23...kg6!=-nxd5 ra6!? ⩲ .

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