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Vladimir Antoshin vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 2, Feb-12
French Defense: Winawer. Classical Variation (C18)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: One of the most treacherous things is a winning game. 32.♔g2 throws away the advantage.
May-21-04  Cyphelium: <Benzol> Yes, it looks careless. I guess white has to play something like 32. g4, to give the rook some space. Perhaps black can sac the knight anyway though: 32. g4 Nxc3 33. Rxc3 d4 34. Rh3 a5! (not 34.- Kc5 35. f5!) and black has some compensation. Whether this is enough for the rook I'm not so sure.
May-21-04  Cyphelium: Actually, black looks losing after the rook sac. One variation, certainly not forced but not completely implausible either could be 32. g4 Nxc3 33. Rxc3 d4 34. Rh3 a5 35. f5 gxf5 36. gxf5 e3 37. f6 Rf7 38. Rf1 (idea Rg3-Rg7 etc.)38.- b4 39. axb4 axb4 40. Rh4!. It is very difficult for black to keep the pawns.
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  perfidious: In Botvinnik's annotations, he mentioned that 32.Kg2 was poor and that 32.g4 should have been played instead, after which White remains with a winning ending.

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