Botvinnik vs Vidmar
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[Event "Nottingham"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Botvinnik"] [Black "Vidmar"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A13"] [Opening "English: 1...e6 2.Nf3 d5"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Bd3 c5 8. O-O cxd4 9. exd4 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Nb6 11. Bb3 {White already enjoys a comfortable position, and Black should have taken some measures to reduce the pressure. 11. ..Nd5 is called for.} 11... Bd7 12. Qd3 Nbd5 {Black blockades the pawn, which is the correct positional reaction, but some commentators suggested that the other knight would have been the correct one. After 12...Nfd5 13.Bc2 g6 White would still have enjoyed a small advantage.} 13. Ne5 Bc6 14. Rad1 {The interdep endence of Black's forces is both an asset and a liability. White is going to attack on the kingside, so Black must strive for activity.} 14... Nb4 { Continued development was called for, with either 14...Qa5 or 14...Rc8. The knight will not accomplish anything more than encouraging White's queen to move to a more effective post on the kingside.} 15. Qh3 Bd5 {Black spends more time jousting with the Bb3, but this problem is easily solved. On the other hand, 15...Nfd5 16.Bc1! would also have been very strong for White.} 16. Nxd5 Nbxd5 {Now it is time for White to create a concrete plan based on his positional advantages. The target is f7. One would like to have a semi- open f-file, and also eliminate the pawn at e6. Two concepts equal one plan!} 17. f4 Rc8 {17...g6 is not playable because of 18.Bh6 Re8 19.Ba4 and the bishops combine from a great distance to win the exchange.} 18. f5 exf5 { Forced, since 18.Qd6 19.fxe6 fxe6 leaves the pawn at e6 much too weak.} 19. Rxf5 Qd6 {This allows White to achieve his strategic goal by tactical means, but 19... Rc7 20.Rdf1 and 21.Qh4 would have left Black in despair.} 20. Nxf7 { The combination of pins on the file and on the diagonals reap rewards.} 20... Rxf7 {20...Kxf7 21.Bxd5+} 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 {21...Nxf6 22.Rxf6! Qxf6 23.Qxc8+ Bf8 24.Bxf7+ Qxf7 25.Rf1 Qe7 26.Rxf8+ Qxf8 27.Qxf8+ Kxf8 28.Kf2 is an easy win.} 22. Rxd5 Qc6 {22...Bxd4+ 23.Kh1!} 23. Rd6 { Avoiding the final trap of 23.Rc5?? Bxd4+!} 23... Qe8 24. Rd7 1-0
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Players
WhiteBotvinnik
BlackVidmar
Game
Moves24
OpeningA13 — English: 1...e6 2.Nf3 d5
Result1-0
Date
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Tournament
TournamentNottingham
Location?
Round0