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Evolution of Chess Style #154: Lilienthal vs Kotov - USSR 1940 - Giving up both bishops

►Support the channel by donating via PayPal: ►Playlists: ►FREE online chess at or realtime at ►Follow me at Google+ : [Event "USSR Championship"] [Site "Moscow URS"] [Date "1940.09.21"] [Round "12"] [White "Andre Lilienthal"] [Black "Alexander Kotov"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B51"] [WhiteElo "2385"] [BlackElo "2203"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "1940.??.??"] {Alexander Alexandrovich Kotov (Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Ко́тов; 12 August [O.S. 30 July] 1913 – 8 January 1981) was a Soviet chess grandmaster and author. He was a Soviet champion, a two-time world title Candidate, and a prolific chess author. Kotov served in high posts in the Soviet Chess Federation and most of his books were written during the period of Cold War between the US and the USSR. Therefore, his works tended to be rather critical of (and occasionally somewhat dismissive toward) American players. Russian players, on the other hand, were presented and described in a particularly favorable light. Kotov's books also included frequent praise for the Soviet system in general. For example, the 1958 book The Soviet School of Chess (which he co-wrote with Mikhail Yudovich) stated that "The rise of the Soviet school to the summit of world chess is a logical result of socialist cultural development." At the time, statements such as this were sufficiently controversial that Western publishers felt compelled to include disclaimers in versions of his books that were translated for distribution to English-speaking countries. Dover Publications, Inc.'s 1961 paperback version of The Soviet School of Chess was distributed primarily to Western countries and included an introduction that stated "...literature of this type, though helpful in our ultimate understanding of the game, is very often riddled with distortion. The publishers of this Dover edition are very much concerned that readers be aware of the propaganda techniques employed, even in the history of chess, by the Soviet Union."} 1. e4 {One of his best early results was his second place finish in the 1939 USSR Championship, just missing out to Mikhail Botvinnik in the final round. This result won him the Soviet Grandmaster title, the third Soviet player to hold the title after Botvinnik and Grigory Levenfish} c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 Ngf6 6. Bg5 Qa5+ 7. Nc3 a6 8. b4 Qd8 9. Bxf6 gxf6 (9... axb5 10. Bh4 (10. Bxg7 e5)) 10. Bxd7+ Bxd7 11. Nd5 b5 12. Nh4 Rc8 13. Nf5 Bxf5 (13... Bc6 14. O-O Bxd5 15. exd5 Qd7) (13... Rxc2 14. Nxd6+ exd6 15. Nxf6+ Ke7 16. Nd5+ Ke8 17. Qxh8) 14. exf5 Bg7 (14... Rxc2 15. Qe4 (15. O-O Bg7 16. Rac1 Rxc1 (16... Qc8 17. Qa7 O-O 18. Nxe7+) 17. Rxc1 O-O (17... Qb8 18. Nc7+ Kf8 19. Nd5) 18. Rc8 Qd7 (18... Qxc8 19. Nxe7+) 19. Rc7 Qd8 (19... Qxf5 20. Nxe7+) 20. Rxe7 Kh8 21. g3) 15... Rc4 (15... Qc8 16. Nxf6+ Kd8) 16. Nxf6#) (14... Bh6 15. O-O O-O 16. Rae1 Rc4) 15. O-O O-O (15... Rxc2 16. Rac1 Rxc1 17. Rxc1 O-O 18. Rc8 Qd7 19. Rc7 Qd8 20. Rxe7) 16. Rae1 Re8 17. Re2 Rc6 18. Rfe1 e5 19. fxe6 fxe6 20. Rxe6 Rxe6 21. Rxe6 Rxc2 22. Qe3 Kf8 23. h4 h5 24. Re7 Qc8 25. Ra7 (25. Qa7) 1-0