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Yuri Averbakh vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 9, Feb-25
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  0-1



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Aug-29-12  WhoKeres: Botvinnik's use of the bishop pair and more active king to win this endgame, against a great endgame specialist like Averbakh, is most instructive and impressive.
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  manselton: 48...g4-g3 is more or less forced.

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If Black tries to keep the Knight restricted then White can play g2-g3 and make Black's g-pawn a target weakness.

May-29-19  jinkinson: <manselton> What game is that position from? It doesn't seem to be from this game.
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  perfidious: This is indeed a display of filigree technique by Botvinnik.
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  manselton: Sorry, I thought I'd deleted that post but I never completed the deletion. The position is actually from R P Michell vs Tartakower, 1925
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  manselton: At the year of this game Averbakh was Botvinnik's trainer. 23.Bxf6 feels like an odd move to make, voluntarily giving up a Bishop in an open position.

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  manselton: Position after 27.Bd1

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Shereshevsky <The pawn formation is not symmetric. Black's K-side pawns can easily advance, cramping White's position. White has no way of opposing this plan. Play on the Q-side will only create weaknesses so he can only watch the unfolding of events.>

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