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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Yuri Averbakh
Training (1955)
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Panov Variation (B76)  ·  1-0



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Jun-06-04  Captain47: An unusual game using the famed Yugoslav Variation of the Dragon. White, of course, plans a kingside assault after prying open the h-file, just as Fischer would later suggest. But Botvinnik actually finds the win with a neat trap on the queenside after the mistake 17...f6.
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  al wazir: Can black defend by playing 18...Bxf6 ? If 19. b4 then 19...Bxd4 20. bxa5 Bxc3+ 21. Ke2 Bxa1 22. Rxa1, with a ♕ vs. ♖+♘.

Or does white do better by attacking the ♔: 19. Bxf6 exf6 20. Qh8+ Kf7 21. Bxg6+ Kxg6 (21...Nxg6 22. Rh7#) 22. Rh6+ Kf7 23. Rxf6+ Ke8 24. Rxf8+ Ke2 25. Qg7+, with a probably won endgame.

Aug-20-06  Albertan: Hi al wazir. White can also play the move 20.Bxg6 in your second line ie.

18... Bxf6 19. Bxf6 exf6 20. Bxg6!and win after 20...Nxg6 21. Qh7+ Kf8 22. Qxg6 Ke7 23. Rh7+ Kd6 24. b4 Qb6 25. Qxf6 Qe3+ 26. Kf1 Rd7 27. Ne4+! Qxe4 28. Rxd7+ Kxd7 29. Qg7+ Kd6 30. fxe4

Mar-10-11  chesschampion11: what about 19...Qc7 ??
Mar-10-11  joupajou: 19. ...Qc7?? 20. Qxc7 1-0.
Feb-11-13  csmath: Great Botvinnik smashing Averbakh.
The crucial error in already very difficult position is 12. ... Rfd8 closing the escape hatch for black queen. 17 ... f6? is suicidal, Averbakh blundered queen, not entirely obvious but below his abilities no doubt.

As Kasparov pointed out this is very rare vintage Botvinnik.

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