15 Games & Their Stories by Mikhail M. Botvinnik

By Mikhail M. Botvinnik

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Readying the conclusive sacrifice. . 49 Ke 3-d2 49 Kd4 Ra4+ SO Kc 3 Ra 3 + 5 1 Kd2 leads to the same position. Here, Black might first have driven White's king back by playing 49 . . Ral + ; but this would not have made any difference. Bb7-c81 49 .... The; g-pawn is White's main trump ! SO Nd3-eS+ Kf7-f8 S l RfSxgS Black's position appears hopeless, due to the threat of f6-f7 . . Ra3xaS ! I 51 White loses his last queenable pawn by force, and the draw become inevitab le. 59 5 2 Ne5·d7+ 5 3 Rg5xa5 54 55 56 57 58 Kd2-e 3 Ke3·f4 Ra5·a7 Kf4-g5 Kg5xh4 Bc8xd7 Bd7xg4 Bg4-e6 Be6-c4 h7·h 5 h5·h4 Bc4-b3 This is a theoretically drawn position, known to many endgame handbooks.

Of course, putting the passed pawns on dark squares allows Black chances to organize a blockade, but sooner or later, the pawns would advance. The variant Szabo feared - 42 aS Ra 3 43 Rd7 Rxd7 44 Nxd7 Bc6 4S N7e5 BbS - could hardly have caused White any difficulties : after 46 Kd4 Rb 3 47 Nc4 ! Kf8 48 KcS ! the pawns are not to be stopped. White would have more to worry about from 44 Bg2 ! •. 45 N7e5 Bfl ! 46 Kd4 Kf8 47 NcS Ke7, but here also, after 48 Ne4 ! , Black would be in a spot. White threatens to invade with his king by Kd4-cS-b6, and 48 Kd8 is a poor reply, due to the simple 49 NgS , when Black loses one of his kingside pawns.

30 Rb7-c7 3 1 Rc7-c6 Ke6-d7 Kd7-e6 Rb8-b7 32 Rc6-c7+ 3 3 Rc7-c6 Here I declined the draw (by repetition of moves), feeling that there was no reason why Black should lose after a different move. Besides, I knew that I was "obliged" to win this game. 34 c 3 -c41 d5xc4+ A risky move. The chances would have been about even after 34 . . d4 3 5 Rh l ( 3 5 c 5 Kd5 ) Kd7 3 6 Rc7+ Rx:c7 3 7 Rh7+ KC6 3 8 Bxc7 . 3 5 Kb3-b4 Ke6-e7 Of course not 3 5 Kd7, on account of 36 Kc5 , when Black loses a piece. After White's next move, the threat of 37 BcS forces Black to give up the c4pawn ; however, the White king unexpectedly find itself endangered.

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