Zhivtsov vs Botvinnik
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[Event "Moscow"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Zhivtsov"] [Black "Botvinnik"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D31"] [Opening "Semi-Slav: 4.Nf3"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 {This line has become known as the Botvinnik Variation. In this early example, the future World Champion defends the Black side.} 5... dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 { White tries to capitalize on the pin at f6.} 7... h6 8. Bh4 g5 {Now the pi n is broken, but by temporarily sacrificing a piece White can re-establish it.} 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. Qf3 {White could also have captured the knight now. Another plan is 11.g3, followed by the fianchetto of the bishop at g2, with pressure on the long diagonal.} 11... Bb7 12. exf6 Qb6 13. Qe3 O-O-O { 13...c5 14.d5} 14. O-O-O Qa5 15. Kb1 Nb6 16. h4 {Black is attacking on the queenside, and White should not be wasting time advancing the h-pawn. 16.Be2 was correct.} 16... b4 17. Ne4 c5 18. f3 c3 19. Be2 {19.bxc3 Nd5} 19... Bd5 20. a3 {20.b3 c2+ 21.Kxc2 Qxa2+ 22.Kd3 Qxb3+ 23.Kd2 Qxe3+ 24.Kxe3 c4} 20... Na4 21. dxc5 Bxc5 22. Nxc5 Nxc5 23. bxc3 {23.Rc1 Nb3 24.Rc2 Nd4 25.Qxd4 Ba2+} 23... bxc3 24. Rd3 Qb6+ 25. Kc1 Qb2+ 26. Kd1 Nxd3 27. Bxd3 Bb3+ { White exceeded the time limit here, but his position was hopeless anyway.} 0-1
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WhiteZhivtsov
BlackBotvinnik
Game
Moves27
OpeningD31 — Semi-Slav: 4.Nf3
Result0-1
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TournamentMoscow
Location?
Round0