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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Max Euwe
Amsterdam Olympiad qual-1 (1954), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, Sep-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-27-16  RookFile: Surely white must be better in the final position. Maybe he was low on time.
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  perfidious: Being the preliminaries of a team event from which they would qualify for the final, barring an earthquake or similar natural disaster, a draw may well have suited the Soviets' aims.
Jun-28-16  AlicesKnight: Perhaps white is not quite as strong as it appears; black threatens ...Rb3 to regain the P or compel Rc1 which would leave white passive; ...Rb3 is still playable after 30.Rd4 and if white offers Q exchange with 30 Qd2 or R exchange with Rb1 a P is lost (one line; 30.Rb1 Rxb1; 31.Qxb1 Qxc3; 32.Qb8+ Kg7; 33.Qxa7 covers the mate but loses the B to Qe1+).
Jun-28-16  RookFile: I guess you're right - Stockfish takes time out for 30. h3 but says this is 0.00 because of ...Rb3 from black.

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