Electrical Engineer vs World Chess Champion | Mikhail Botvinnik – Alexander Alekhine 1938

The AVRO chess tournament of 1938 was the strongest tournament ever held up to that time. Mikhail Botvinnik was one of the few chess players to achieve a career in another field (Electrical Engineering) while also competing at a world-class chess level. Botvinnik was already an accomplished chess player, and would a decade later build his resume by becoming the 6th world chess champion. Botvinnik’s opponent Alexander Alekhine was the current World Chess Champion (4th). The board saw the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch quickly arrive at a technical position, remaining as such until both players would shake hands. If you’re a chess teacher, this instructional game is likely a good candidate to consider sharing with your students for its many technical and teachable moments.

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e3 Nc6
7. Bc4 cxd4 8. exd4 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Re1 b6 11. Nxd5 exd5
12. Bb5 Bd7 13. Qa4 Nb8 14. Bf4 Bxb5 15. Qxb5 a6 16. Qa4 Bd6
17. Bxd6 Qxd6 18. Rac1 Ra7 19. Qc2 Re7 20. Rxe7 Qxe7 21. Qc7
Qxc7 22. Rxc7 f6 23. Kf1 Rf7 24. Rc8+ Rf8 25. Rc3 g5 26. Ne1
h5 27. h4 Nd7 28. Rc7 Rf7 29. Nf3 g4 30. Ne1 f5 31. Nd3 f4
32. f3 gxf3 33. gxf3 a5 34. a4 Kf8 35. Rc6 Ke7 36. Kf2 Rf5
37. b3 Kd8 38. Ke2 Nb8 39. Rg6 Kc7 40. Ne5 Na6 41. Rg7+ Kc8
42. Nc6 Rf6 43. Ne7+ Kb8 44. Nxd5 Rd6 45. Rg5 Nb4 46. Nxb4
axb4 47. Rxh5 Rc6 48. Rb5 Kc7 49. Rxb4 Rh6 50. Rb5 Rxh4
51. Kd3

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