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My nerves proved a little sounder in this game. What probably helped were those hours I spent in the fresh air out on the river bank ! S4 Ho me Analysis Game 12 L. Szabo Dutch Defense M. Botvinnik Budapest, April 1952 - A year after my match with Bronstein, my playing form still showed no im­ provement - as the Budapest tournament, held in the spring of 1 95 2, unfor­ tunately confirmed. The following "game of a thousand cuts" against Szabo contains interesting ideas, and some elementary lapses as well.

First, Reshevsky doesn't normally play e2-e4, so it was safe to as­ sume he had something specially prepared against my known fondness for 3 . . Bb4. Secondly, since the game against Alexander (radio match, USSR vs. Great Britain 1 9 4 6 ), I had lost my taste for S . . Bxc 3 +. Reshevsky spent quite a bit of time on the opening, but the plan he came up with is probably the best White has here - an opinion which, curiously enough, the theoreticians only came to share twenty years later. c k's g- and h-pawns.

In order to get his oppon­ ent out of well-trodden paths, he selected a complex variation he had used be­ fore. The only drawback to this method is, however, a significant one: it gives Black. an easy game ! d7-dS 2 d2-d4 3 f2·f3 While the reply 3 . e6 had not yet been introduced into tournament play at that time, it did have its supporters. The proper plan fo r Black - 3 . . e6, followed by Qb6 and c6-cS - appears to have been a suggestion of Maka­ gonov's (we attained the Master rank together, at the V USSR Cliampionship in 1 92 7 ) ; after it was introduced, the variation practically disappeared.

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