White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

This position is one of the key positions in the isolated queen pawn attacking set-ups. Anyone who plays these systems must know this game and a few others along these lines. The way Botvinnik works f7 to tie Black completely up is worth study.

Botvinnik-Batuyev, Leningrad, 1931:

Of course it starts on our theme square for the week: 1.Nxf7 Rxf7 If 1...Kxf7 2.Qxe6+ Ke8 3.d5 Rxc3 4.Ba4+ Nd7 5.Rxc3 Rf6 6.Qe5 a6 7.d6 b5 8.dxe7 Qb6+ 9.Qe3 Re6 10.Qxb6 Nxb6 11.Bb3 Rxe7 12.Kf2 with an easy win an exchange and pawn up. 2.Qxe6 Qf8 3.Ne4 Also 3.Re1 Ng6 4.Ne4 Rxc1 5.Rxc1 Nxe4 6.fxe4 Nf4 7.Qxf7+ Qxf7 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Rc7+ 3...Rxc1 4.Rxc1 Nfd5 5.Nd6 Ba8 6.Re1 g6 7.Nxf7 Qxf7 8.Qxe7 Black Resigned Also 8.Bxd5 Nxd5 9.Qc8+ Kg7 10.Qxa8 The positional pressure resulting from the attack on f7 is a worthy lesson.


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