By Robert; Dale Brandreth; Sherwood
167 pages, hardback
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The AVRO match was once held within the Netherlands in 1938, backed through the Dutch broadcasting corporation AVRO. the development used to be a double round-robin match. The 8 gamers quite often considered as the most powerful on this planet took half: global Champion Alexander Alekhine, former champions José Raúl Capablanca and Max Euwe, destiny champion Mikhail Botvinnik and challengers Paul Keres, Reuben tremendous, Samuel Reshevsky and Salo Flohr.
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Bb6 39 An unfortunate move that allows White to create sufficient counterplay by sacrificing a pawn. Black should have played for the push c6-c5, increasing the scope of the Bishop. Rd8 was a good move. w________w [wdwdwdri] [dpdw4pdw] [pgpdw1w0] [dwdpdPdP] [Pdw)n)pd] [dPdQ)wHw] [wdRdwdRd] [dwdwdNdK] w--------w 38 Nxe4! From this point on, Botvinnik plays with full energy and a tremendous feel for the initiative. 38 ... 39 Qc3 dxe4 Qxf5 Otherwise White would protect the f5-pawn by 40 Ng3, after which he has no weaknesses left.
45 18 Bb4 ... Challenging the Knight and thus gaining more space. Alternatives were: (a) 18 Bc5. b6 19 Bb4 Nc4 20 a5 b5 21 a6 followed by 22 Bc5 and White has some pressure. Kf7 19 Bxa7 Rxc3 20 Bc5 Ra8 with enough counterplay. (b) 18 h3. Preparing the push of the g-pawn. Kf7 19 Bb4 Nc4 20 g4 leads to trouble again. Also 18 Bc6 is not fully satisfactory in view of 19 Bc5 b6 20 Bb4. b4, keeping control on the kingside. 18 ... 19 a5 20 Bc5 Nc4 Bc6 a6 The situation on the queenside has now stabilized, so both sides now turn their attention to the center.
1 e4 2 d4 3 Nc3 e6 d5 ... 42 In game 10 Ragozin opted for the Tarrasch variation. Now he=s ready to face Botvinnik=s favorite line: The Winawer. 3 ... 4 e5 5 a3 6 bxc3 7 Nf3 Bb4 c5 Bxc3+ Ne7 ... The quiet, positional approach, still quite popular these days. Soon afterwards, during the 13th USSR Championship (which started just five days after this game was played), Smyslov played 7 a4 against Botvinnik. Nc6 8 Nf3 Qa5 9 Bd2 c4 10 Ng5 h6 11 Nh3 Ng6 (keeping the Knight from f4) and now the modern move 12 Be2 would have given White an edge (instead of Smyslov=s 12 Qf3).