How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
Are you looking for a plan as White in the Carlsbad pawn structure?
Look no further than the work of Mikhail Botvinnik, one of the greatest chess theoreticians of all time.
GM Dejan Bojkov reviews Botvinnik’s plan in this structure, and shows you an instructive game against Botvinnik’s main rival, Paul Keres, who was himself an inventive super-grandmaster. | Watch video
The Super-GM Mountain keeps getting higher, but GM Mikhalevksi has done his high-altitude training. Today he ascends the peak of a former World Champion runner-up. The age-old Botvinnik structure leads to two unsafe kings, but the constant threat of an assault from behind proves more irritating than Black's second-rank pressure. Watch and see if you would have had the stones to capture all those pawns against a legend of chess. | Watch video
You can hear it in his voice. GM Finegold loves the unpredictable - namely when a seemingly drawn OCB ending turns out to be winning. Here he shows the brilliant multiple breakthroughs of Mikhail Botvinnik, a sitting world champion that was nearly left off the Soviet Olympiad team. What better way to prove your worth than play an endgame for the ages - Finegold rates it even higher than Shirov's ...Bh3 from Part 2! | Watch video
Today Grandmaster Finegold provides insights into his own high level preparation, sheds light on the psychology of dealing with your opponent's refutations, and everything else that rhymes in between! In reviewing his sharp, Botvinnik-Slav battle from the 2010 SPICE Cup against the young FM Yang, Ben analyzes all the details of his amazing, and perhaps last, win against Darwin. | Watch video