By Mikhail M. Botvinnik
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This quantity was once edited via overseas grasp and British Chess Champion Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, dependent partially at the notes left through Alekhine to a couple of the video games. Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine (1892-1946) was once not just one of many most powerful and most unique chess gamers who ever lived, yet he used to be additionally the main arguable, moment basically to Bobby Fischer.
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Ra2-a3 42 With the obvious intention of winning the a-pawn after 43 . . Ra8 ! White therefore has no choice . 43 a+as •••• But now it would seem that the game is over, for something like 43 . . Bg2 44 b6 ! Bfl 45 b7 ! Bxd 3 46 Ra8 ! leaves Black helpless ; if necessary, White's king can shelt er from the checks at h4. And 43 Ra8 44 Rxa8 + Bxa8 4S Nc4 is bad too. ••. However, Black happens to have an interesting counterplan, which leads to a draw by force. 58 43 g7-gS ! •. This move (and just this move, not all those which followed) was the fruit of home analysis; the only move Black had really analyzed very carefully was 42 aS.
44 Kd3·e 3 1 After 44 Kxc3 , Black could still play for the win, in view o f the fact that the White king is cut off from the kingside pawns. Rd8-d4 ... Rd4xe4+ Rc2xc3 Ke 3·f3 Re4xh4 Rc3·c6 The final finesse. 47 Rc S + 1<06 48 RaS Rc4 may also possibly lead to a 44 45 46 47 . draw, but White would have had a number of difficult decisions to make. Rh4-f4+ 47 .... Black cannot defend the g·pawn : 47 . . KfS 48 RcS+ Ke6 49 Rc6+, and White either checks or attacks the g-pawn forever. Rf4-e4+ KeS·fS Kf5xgS Draw agreed.
The only drawback to this method is, however, a significant one: it gives Black. an easy game ! d7-dS 2 d2-d4 3 f2·f3 While the reply 3 . e6 had not yet been introduced into tournament play at that time, it did have its supporters. The proper plan fo r Black - 3 . . e6, followed by Qb6 and c6-cS - appears to have been a suggestion of Maka gonov's (we attained the Master rank together, at the V USSR Cliampionship in 1 92 7 ) ; after it was introduced, the variation practically disappeared. What makes this plan attractive here is that, thanks to the weakening move f2-f3, Black need not fear the isolation of his central d-pawn.
15 Games & Their Stories by Mikhail M. Botvinnik