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Yasser Seirawan vs Loek van Wely
Hoogovens Group A (1992), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-23
English Opening: King's English Variation. Botvinnik System (A26)  ·  1-0

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Aug-12-05
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A typical example of the play that arises from the Botvinnik formation: slow, almost leaden, postional manouvering that suddenly explodes into a tactical melee where it becomes hard to tell who's the attacker. I suspect that van Wely overlooked the shot 20.g4 when he played 17...a5, but he does his best to make it look like a deliberate sacrifice.

That's also a typical Botvinnik; a pawn move on the a-file leads to a counter on the g-file.

Jun-20-17  tessathedog: A key skill that separates masters from ordinary players is 'the ability to look through obstacles' and this is one of the best examples of it I've seen. After 17...a5 there are no less than 4 pieces between the Bg2 and the Ra8, and yet Seirawan initiates a forcing combination that clears them away one at the time. Just a wonderful illustration of this key skill.

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