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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Ludek Pachman
Leipzig Olympiad Final-A (1960), Leipzig GDR, rd 8, Nov-04
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Ludek Pachman (1960)

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  Honza Cervenka: Hmmmm, how can white win this?
Dec-11-08  euripides: <honza> I had a vague memory it was something to do with Bxg6, and checking Botvinnik I find he gives 42...Ba5 43.Kc7 Kg7 (43...g4 44.Bd7 Kg5 45.Be6 Kh5 46.Bc5 Kg5 47.Be2 Kh5 48.h3) 44.Kd6 Kf6 45.Bxg6! Kxg6 46.Kxe5 Bc3 47.Ke6 g4 48.e5 Bb4 49.Kd7 Kf7 50.e6+ Kf8 51.h5 etc.

Trying to reconstruct this in my head I had been wondering about 44...Bc3 when 45.Kxe5?? d3+ is instant death and I wondered about 45.a5, but I now think 45.Ke6 puts Black in zugzwang as 45..Bb2 46.a5 works or 45...Kh7 46.Kf6.

Pachman no doubt resigned after adjourment analysis.

Of course, when Fischer does this against Taimanov, he is a stupendous genius, whereas we all know Botvinnik was just an old codger.

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  Honza Cervenka: <euripides> Yes, the sac on g6 works here. Thanks.
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  plang: Botvinnik was critical of 7..d4 saying it made it easier for White to find a constructive plan. Black may have misjudged the opposite-color bishop middlegame as White's bishop was clearly superior to Black's. 39..Bc3 would have been better so as to answer 40 Bd7 with 40..Ke7.
Feb-04-21  Poisonpawns: I dont know if that Bxg6 sac works.
Nov-07-21  Albertan: Endgame Riddle:

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