Exchanging Key Defenders (6)

In this classic example, Botvinnik spies a weakness on the light squares in White’s camp. From the diagram, he ruthlessly removes, on successive moves, the only two white minor pieces which can defend those squares, namely the Nc3 and Bc2. The result is a position with a gigantic knight, about to land on e4, against a crummy dark-squared bishop, blocked in by White’s own pawns. Botvinnik went on to win, despite strenuous and inventive defence from White.

Steve Giddins