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8 e2·e3 Bc8-f5 9 Bfl·d3 Now 9 Qb 3 could be met by 9 . Qb6. 9 10 11 12 .... Qc2xd3 0. 0 Nb8-d7 White is more than willinp to simplify further. 12 .... 1 3 NeSxd7 14 b2•b4 Qd8-e8 · Qe8xd7 Rf8-e8 " (See diagram at the top of the next page) 48 Here I felt that I simply could not play any longer, and offered my oppon­ ent a draw. Since Euwe, the former World Champion, had a decidedly unhap­ py tournament score at this point, I had no doubt that he would accept the offer. But to my surprise, Euwe unexpectedly said that he would like to play a little longer.

And so it did ! And even the humble wallboy who touched this truly "miraculous" pawn, was later to become World Correspondence Champion. 49 The Raging Game 1 1 Elements Dutch Defense M. Botvinnik - D. Bronstein 7th Match Game Moscow, March 1 95 1 At the time I played my match with Bronstein, my playing form certainly left a lot to be desired. For three years, while working on my doctoral disser· tation in the field of electronic machines, I had not played in a tournament ; while Bronstein was probably the strongest and most interesting opponent I could have faced in those days.

Rh8 1 8 Qf 6 Qc6 1 9 Q}c e S Rh7. 18 Rh l·fl . Qc5-b6 Inasmuch as White's chief concern is the unsafe position of his king, Black should not be in any hurry to force: an endgame. 18 . . Qc4 was considerably 36 stronger, and if 1 9 Rb l (best), then change is not so favorable to Wh ite. 1 9 . . Qe4+ 20 Qe 3 b6 ; here, the queen ex­ 1 9 Qh 6xb6 a 7 x b6 20 0-0-0 Correct! White returns the pawn, in order to unite h is rooks. Ra8xa3 20 ••.. Ra3 -a4 2 1 Kc l-b2 22 Bd2-e 3 Bf5-e6 Kd7xe6 2 3 Bf7xe6+ 24 Be 3xb6 2 5 Rfl-gl Rg2xh2 Black's winning chances would be better if he could exchange even one pair of rooks, since this pawn structure greatly favors the knight over the bis­ hop.

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