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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Lothar Schmid
Leipzig Olympiad Final-A (1960), Leipzig GDR, rd 7, Nov-03
Benoni Defense: Old Benoni (A43)  ·  1-0



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Oct-11-07  Jack Kerouac: Botvinnik's ' Iron Logic' reduces the game into a slurry of advantages..
Oct-11-07  jperr75108: What happens in this game illustrates why I gave up playing the Benoni with 1...c5.
Oct-13-07  parisattack: A famous and brutal victory by Botvinnik. Powerful - I wonder how far ahead he saw - it looks so forced from 11. e5. <jperr75108:> I loved the Benoni formations but had the same experience. I needed a 9th Rank for my pieces!
Oct-15-07  notyetagm: <1) BISHOP PAIR + PASSED PAWN = WIN>

Position after 18 ♘e5x♗d7 ♘f6x♘d7:

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Position after 10 ... b7-b5 11 e4-e5:

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Position after 14 ... b5-b4 15 d5-d6:

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Position after 20 c2-c3 e7-e5:

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Oct-16-07  parisattack: One does not usually think of Botvinnik as a Power Player but this game is up with the best of that class. His annotations of it in Best Games 1947-1970 are succinct but worthy. It looks as if he pretty much saw it through from 16. d6.
Feb-18-12  Ulhumbrus: After 11 e5!! at least one author - possibly Sokolsky - gives the sequence 11...bxc4 12 exf6 Bxf6 13 Bh6! and Black can't castle.

Another sequence goes 11 e5 bxc4 12 exf6 exf6 13 Bf4 0-0 14 Bxd6 Re8 15 Bxc5 f5 16 Bxc4 and White has three extra pawns on the Queen side.

Jan-09-14  zydeco: 12.....Nxb5 keeps black in the game. 23.Qa4! is quicker according to Soltis. Tal called this the most impressive game of 1960.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <zydeco>--According to The Computer, black's big mistake was actually 15..bxc6, and that 15..Ne6 would have been much better. Not that I could seen any of this without computer assistance.
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  plang: Schmid spent almost no time on his first ten moves but had a long think after Botvinnik's 11 e5. 11,,bxc 12 exf..Bxf6 13 Bh6 would have favored White.

<23.Qa4! is quicker according to Soltis.>

23 Qa4..Ke7 24 Re1+..Kd6 25 dxc+..Kxc7 26 Qa7+.

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