By Mikhail Botvinnik
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P-B4. p. 29 P-K4! This is a combinational mis calculation ! He should have admitted his mistake and con tinued 29 . . , P-B3 or R(Q) K2. What follows i s forced. Q-K2 30 P-B5 3 1 Q-Kt4 Better. N. Riumin pointed out a clever variation (Special issue of '64,' No. 3 ) : 3 1 P-B6, Q-K 3 ; 3 2 Q-R5, P - R 3 ; 33 Kt-B4, Q-R 7; 34 R x R, Q x B eh ; 35 R-K2, Q x BP and, as the Knight i s pinned down by the threat of Q-B8, Black's chances are certainly not worse! P-B3 31 . . Q-B2 32 ·B x P This is the result of the moves 28 .
R x P ; 34 P-R6! and one must assume that White should not lose, i n view of the strong passed pawn, and the weak defensive power of Black's first rank. For instance: 34 . . , Q x B ; 3 5 Q x Q, R x Q ; 36 P-R7, R-Q l ; 37 R-Kt l , and R x P. 34 35 36 37 38 39 R-Ktl B-K3 Q-QR4 B-Kt6 P-QB3 R-Q l 40 . . 4 1 B-Q8 42 R-QI Q x BP Kt-Q7 Q-Q6 Besides the extra pawn Black has the better position. 43 B-Kt6 R-B5 44 Q - R I There w a s nothing Q-K8 eh, K-R2. 44 45 46 47 48 49 ... K-R2 R-Kl RxR P-R6 QxP m 44 P-B5 K-R2 R-K5 QxR PxP Q-Kt8 Threatens 50 .
Evidently it was Black's turn to make a mistake. I t was possible to play 78 . . , R-Kt5, as well as 78 . . B-Q5 e h ; 79 K-R2, Q x Kt ; 80 R x R eh, K x R; 8 1 Q x B, Q x P. 79 Q-QB4 R-KKt2 I t h i n k it would have been better to exchange Queens (79 . . , Q-Q5 eh}, not Rooks. KxR 80 R x R ch After 8 1 K-Kt2, K-R3; 82 Kt-K3, Q-Q7 e h ; 83 K-B3, B-Q5; 84 Kt-Q5, K-Kt4; 85 Q-K2 it would have been quite probable. Q-Kt5 eh 81 . . PxQ 82 Q x Q ch K-R3 8 3 Kt-Q2 K-R4 84 Kt-K4 K-R5 85 K-Rl 86 K-Kt2 B-Q5 87 K-R2 B-Kt7 88 K-Kt2 B-K4 89 K-Ktl White resigned without re suming play.