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Monday, June 27, 2011

Attacking with An Isolated Pawn – Botvinnik’s trademark

Botvinnik – Batuev, 1931

image White to move

Mikhail Botvinnik was well known for his handling of positions with Isolated Queen’s Pawn. Here as well, he slowly built up the pressure and opponent faltered. Black had just played 17 …Ra8-c8?, exposing himself to an unexpected sacrifice. Botvinnik fully took advantage of his pieces being very active. Replay through the game here.

image Mikhail Botvinnik in 1933

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