Botvinnik vs Gligoric
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[Event "Moscow Olympiad"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Botvinnik"] [Black "Gligoric"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A10"] [Opening "English: 1...g6 2.g3"] 1. c4 g6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nh6 { A rather artificial formation.} 6. h4 d6 7. d3 Rb8 8. h5 Bd7 9. Bxh6 Bxh6 10. hxg6 hxg6 {White's tactical operations on the kingside have resulted in an open h- file and a pin on the bishop at h6.} 11. Qc1 {This forces Black's reply, since the queen cannot be captured because of mate at h8.} 11... Bg7 12. Rxh8+ Bxh8 13. Qh6 { White is attacking effectively with the queen, to be supported by a knight.} 13... Bxc3+ 14. bxc3 {Now the Black king has no defense. We soon have an example of a king hunt, where the enemy monarch will be chased all over the board and finally snared far from home.} 14... e6 15. Ng5 Ke7 16. Kd2 { The White king will be safe here and now the rook can transfer to the h-file.} 16... Be8 17. Qg7 Kd7 18. f4 {18.Nxf7 Qe7} 18... Qe7 19. Rh1 Nd8 20. Ne4 Kc7 21. Rh8 Bc6 22. Nf6 {What happens if Black captures the bishop at g2?} 22... Kb6 {22...Bxg2 23.Re8} 23. Bxc6 Nxc6 24. Rh7 Nd8 { Now White exploits the pin on the seventh rank.} 25. Qxg6 Ka6 {Black appr es the danger. Once White captures at f7 there will be a fork available at d7.} 26. a4 {Keeping the Black king hemmed in. Otherwise b7-b5 would be possible.} 26... Ka5 27. Qg5 Kxa4 28. Rh1 { The threat is Kc2, depriving the enemy king of another flight square.} 28... Kb3 29. Qh4 Kb2 30. g4 {This is the simple way, but Botvinnik could have finished more elegantly. 30.Rb1+ Kxb1 31.Qh1+ Kb2 32.Qc1+ Kb3 33.Qb1+ Ka3 34. Kc2 and mate next move.} 1-0
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WhiteBotvinnik
BlackGligoric
Game
Moves30
OpeningA10 — English: 1...g6 2.g3
Result1-0
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TournamentMoscow Olympiad
Location?
Round0