By Jan Timman
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28 ... 29 g6 30 gxf7 Bf7 Rf8 axb3 0-1 White resigned. A sad end to a game that could have been one of Botvinnik=s most brilliant victories in his entire career. 33 (17) Botvinnik-Ragozin, March 15, 1941 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bb5 Nd4 5 Ba4 Bc5 6 d3 O-O 7 Nxd4 Bxd4 8 Ne2 d5 9 Nxd4 exd4 10 f3 Qd6 11 O-O dxe4 12 fxe4 Ng4 13 Bf4 Qe7 14 h3 Ne5 15 Qh5 Ng6 16 Bg3 Be6 17 Bb3 c5 18 Bd5 Rad8 19 Rae1 Bxd5 20 exd5 Qd7 21 d6 f5 22 Bh2 b6 23 g4 f4 24 Qd5+ Qf7 25 Re6 Rfe8 26 Rxe8+ Rxe8 27 Qxf7+ Kxf7 28 Bxf4 Re2 29 Bg3+ Ke6 30 Rf2 Rxf2 31 Kxf2 Nf8 32 c4 Nd7 33 Bf4 Nb8 34 Kf3 Nc6 35 Ke4 Nb4 36 a3 Nc2 37 h4 a5 38 a4 Nb4 39 h5 Nc6 40 Bg3 Nb4 41 Be5 g6 42 Bg3 Nc6 43 Bf4 Kd7 44 b3 Ke6 45 Bg3 Nb4 46 Bf4 Nc6 1/2 (18) Botvinnik-Ragozin, May 11, 1944 Notes by Jan Timman 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 Be7 5 Bg5 O-O 6 e3 h6 7 Bxf6 Bxf6 8 Rc1 ...
29 Nxb5 Rxf5 Bb7 Black is in no hurry to continue his attack. First he attacks the Knight on b5. 55 30 Qc2 31 Ra5 g6 ... The only way to avert an immediate mating attack was 31 Qe4, but then Blaack would be a pawn up with a superior position. 31 ... 32 Ke2 Qg2+ Bh4 Now all Black=s pieces participate in the attack. It is interesting to apply Hodgson=s theory about attacking and defending pieces here: Black has four attackers and White only two defenders, his Bishop and the Knight on d2. Small wonder that the Black attack is irresistible.
Rc8 Preparing to take back with the Rook on c4. 28 Rb6 Bb5 w________w [wdrdwdwd] [dpdrhk0w] [p$wGp0wd] [)bdp)wdp] [wdw)wdwd] [dw)wdwdP] [wdwHw)Pd] [dwdw$wIw] w--------w 29 exf6 ... To this point, both players have conducted the strategical struggle very well. With the text move, White loses his way. Indicated was the consistent 29 Nb3, aiming for c5. Rxc3 30 Nc5 Rxc5 31 Bxc5 Nc8 32 Rxb5 axb5 33 exf6 gxf6 34 Rb1, a draw is imminent. 29 ... gxf6 30 Bb4 Rc6 Black takes over the initiative. First of all he forces White to exchange his active Rook.