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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Bent Larsen
Noteboom Memorial (1965), Noordwijk NED, rd 1, Feb-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0

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Apr-02-03
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  lostemperor: Here a modelgame for those who considers battling the QGD as white the <"bane of their existence"> (as mentioned at the kibitzcafe). The exchange variation.
Apr-02-03  ksadler: I may give a serious look to this line (I was the one who called the QGD the <bane of my existence>). It is reminiscent of the Classical Nimzo-Indian lines that go 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5, where White pushes his f3 pawn to give support for e4 and give the g5 bishop an escape square, as in Bareev vs Leko, 2002 (I'm sure there's a better example though)
Apr-02-03  refutor: this is a model game for both sides actually...in this sort of line, normally white goes for the minority attack and pushes b4-b5 etc. black beats him too it and has an impressive wall of queenside pawns which unfortunately for his sake, white defends brilliantly ;)
Apr-03-03
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  lostemperor: In more than a few cases, also in this game <.12. 0-0-0> is possible, white can castle long and start a kingside attack with g4 and h4. Sometimes even if the bishop on g5 is attacked by h6 white can play h4. Even here <10.h4!? hxg? 11. hxg Ne4 12 Bxe4 dxe 13Qxe4 f5 <(13...g6 14Qh4)> 14Qe6+ Rf7 15.g6.>
Apr-03-03  refutor: 12.O-O-O looks pretty brave here especially after something like 12. ... cxd where Black looks ready to storm at the White king. I'd prefer Black's position after 12. ... cxd. i'm not gonna give a bunch of variations just ideas, we'll leave crafty sort out whether in a game of god v. god who's right ;) black's position is easier to play i think after 12. ... cxd, his attack will definitely get there first
Nov-01-10  ColdSong: I don't play this kind of opening but 9.g4,before allowing Re8 and Nf8,immediately threatening h7 and later a kingside pawn storm, does not seem completely stupid to me.
Nov-06-10  ColdSong: Certainly the kind of game Larsen was thinking about when considering his need to study his defeats in order to become the champ.I don't understand the idea which can make 9...h6 something other than a weakening move if white can play 11.f3!(the kind of plan which gave Kasparov thousands and thousands points with 1.d4 ... thank you Mr Botvinnik) Now black has a hard choice between playing with an isolani or a white e5 pawn and problems with f file and castle.17...Bb7 seems really slow if black does not play de4 after and try a blockade on e5 or d5 square.I'd be curious to know what thinks the computer after the sacrifice at move 27,but in principle two central pawns for an exposed king ,weaknesses and no counterplay is a little too much for black.
Jun-21-11
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  Fusilli: Botvinnik had his priorities right.


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23.Ra1! responds to the ...Ba4 threat and places the rook in the best place to dispute the queenside. 23...Ba4:


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24.Qb1! keeping the queen on the crucial b1-h7 diagonal.

Beautiful strategic play by Botvinnik.

Dec-07-13  parisattack: <ColdSong: Certainly the kind of game Larsen was thinking about when considering his need to study his defeats in order to become the champ.I don't understand the idea which can make 9...h6 something other than a weakening move if white can play 11.f3!(the kind of plan which gave Kasparov thousands and thousands points with 1.d4 ... thank you Mr Botvinnik) Now black has a hard choice between playing with an isolani or a white e5 pawn and problems with f file and castle.17...Bb7 seems really slow if black does not play de4 after and try a blockade on e5 or d5 square.I'd be curious to know what thinks the computer after the sacrifice at move 27,but in principle two central pawns for an exposed king ,weaknesses and no counterplay is a little too much for black.>

Botvinnik was familiar with this plan against ...h6 long before this game:

Botvinnik vs Pilnik, 1952

Aug-30-15
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  whiteshark: Game video-annotaded by GM Melikset Khachiyan
http://chessindia.net/community/vid...
Aug-31-15  RookFile: Complex game. For both sides, all three results (win, lose, draw) were in sight for almost the entire game.

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