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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
"Plethora of Passers" (game of the day Aug-24-2018)
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 15, Apr-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1
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Jun-30-12
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  chrisowen: Cold hard truth baby og hurt ra3 effect it double in try it rookb2

fetching time yardstick to measure black pawns are quicker mitigate

pasture green bd1 bd2 rub off in event black bishop to queen bribe

stopping b3 c4 any event whhite shortages his own fuse eminated in

coordination rooka3 paves the way it is for goofy c3 book him ascent

in a6 nice jumper strike d3 aft rookb6 three squids in mind over d1

classic case gain freedom strict confidence c2 I glanced a ten fold

sac in goodies you specked in ar the b6 i dent in pasting him labour

in white once in d3 got punishment scathing sigh the angle d3 one

for the monkey b2 for the show c3 it is pin the watering hole a d1

chain white rook g1 to king so wing back queend1 in stitching him up

pet a3 line it's no good free white b2 cover.

Jun-30-12
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  doubledrooks: I found 56...Rxb6 57. Rxb6 d3 with the idea of pushing the d pawn.
Jun-30-12  Zatrikion: Wow! Leningrad 1941, in the middle of WWII? I guess the game must have taken place before the Nazi attack of that year..

What a marvellous game! Pretty close for today

Jun-30-12  SuperPatzer77: <Eyal> Yeah, you're absolutely right about 60...d1=♕!!. That move deflects the white rook from the g file.

Black to move and win - see diagram below:


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60...d1=♕!! (not 60...c2??, 61. ♖6g5! =), 61. ♖xd1 c2! White resigns 0-1.

After 61...c2!, White resigns in lieu of 62. ♖dg1 c1=♕, 63. ♖6g5 ♕xg1+, 64. ♖xg1 ♖c1, 65. a7 ♖xg1+!, 66. ♔xg1 b1=♕+, 66. ♔h2 ♕a2+, 67. ♔h3 ♕xa7

SuperPatzer77

Jun-30-12
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  Eyal: <Jimfromprovidence: Chew on this position for a while. 56...d3 57 axb7 d2 58 Rg1 Rg8! I say it's winning for black.>

Yeah, it's winning (<scormus> also mentioned this line). The reason 58...Rg8! is necessary, btw, is that Black can meet 59.b8Q with 59...Rxg1+ 60.Kxg1 d1Q+ (59...Rxb8? 60.Rc5 and now White's two rooks can handle Black's three advancing pawns, while 60...Rxb6 allows 61.Rc7+ Kh8 62.Rc8+ Kh7 63.Rc7+ with perpetual check the king can't go to h6 because of Rg6#).

However, from a practical viewpoint this seems much less natural than 56...Rxb6 - because with 56...d3 Black has to allow White to queen and then make sure that this queen, in the vicinity of his (rather exposed) king, isn't going to become really dangerous before he manages to queen his own pawn. That's quite a headache... For example, to make sure 56...d3 57 axb7 d2 58 Rg1 Rg8! works one needs to go as far as 59.b8Q Rxg1+ 60.Kxg1 d1Q+ 61.Kh2 Qe2+ 62.Kg1 Qe3+ 63.Kg2 Qd2+ 64.Kh3 c2 65.Qc7+ Kh6 66.Qf7 Qg5.

Jun-30-12
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  patzer2: <al wazir: I got 56...Rxb6 all right. Then I wanted to push the c-Pawn right away, but two connected passed Pawns are not enough. The d-Pawn has to join them.>

Me too! 56...Rxb6 is practically forced, but 57...d3! is a subtle and essential predatory move that is worthy of study.

Jul-04-12  LoveThatJoker: Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Excellent! A WC Botvinnik puzzle!

<56...c2! 57. axb7>

(57. Rxb2 c1=Q ; 57. Rc5 Rxc5 )

<57...c1=Q 58. bxc8=Q>

(58. Rxc1? bxc1=Q+ 59. any Rc2+ 60. Kh3 Qh1#)

<58...Qxe1+ 59. any Qe2+ 60. Kg1>

[60. Kh3 Qxf3+ 61. Kh2 (61. Kxh4?? Qg4#) 61...Qe2+! 62. Kg1/Kh1 (62. Kh3 Qxb5 ) 62...Qxb5 ; 60. Kh1 Qxb5 ]

<60...Qxb5 61. Qc7+ Kg8! 62. Qc8+>

[62. Qd8+ Kf7 63. Qc7+ Ke8 64. Qc8+ Ke7! 65. Qe6+ (65. Qc7+ Qd7 66. Qc5+ Qd6 67. Qa7+ Ke8! 68. Qa8+ Qd8 69. Qc6+ Qd7 70. Qa8+ - 70. Qc2 d3! and Black wins - 70...Kf7 and Black wins) 65...Kd8 66. Qxf6+ (66. Qd6+ Kc8 67. Qf8+ Kc7 68. Qe7+ Kb8 69. Qd8+ Ka7 70. Qe7+ - 70. Qxd4+? Qb6! and Black wins - 70...Kxa6 71. Qa3+ Kb7 72. Qf7+ Kc6 73. Qxf6+ Kc5 74. Qe5+ Kc4 75. Qc7+ Kd3 and Black wins as his K has escaped from the checks) 66...Kd8 and as just shown, Black will eventually escape from the checks on d3]

<62...Kg7 63. Qc7+ Kf8 64. Qc8+ Ke7 65. Qe6+>

[65. Qc7+ Qd7 66. Qc5+ Qd6 67. Qa7+ Ke8! 68. Qa8+ Qd8 69. Qc6+ Qd7 70. Qa8+ (70. Qc2 d3! ) 70...Kf7 ]

<65...Kd8 66. Qxf6+>

[66. Qd6+ Kc8 67. Qf8+ Kc7 68. Qe7+ Kb8 69. Qd8+ Ka7 70. Qe7+ (70. Qxd4+? Qb6! and Black wins) 70...Kxa6 71. Qa3+ Kb7 72. Qf7+ Kc6 73. Qxf6+ Kc5 74. Qe5+ Kc4 75. Qc7+ Kd3 and Black wins as his K has escaped from the checks]

<66...Kd8> 0-1 as Black will eventually escape from the checks as shown in the 66. Qd6+ variation.

LTJ

Feb-04-13  Brian.elkhoury: Isn't 47. axb advantageous for white? I see those 3 pass pawns are unstoppable and compensate well the dark square bishop. followed by 48.a6, Rd5 49.a7,Rc8 50.Rb2,c3 51.Rb4,Rb6 52.Bc2! Bxc2 53.a5! and so on... Aren't they the best possible moves? where did i go wrong?
Aug-15-15  Mr. V: Honestly one of my favorite games, this is totally breathtaking. For this Botvinnik was born!
Aug-15-15  Mr. V: And Smyslov too
Feb-11-17  clement41: Beautiful endgame. Reminds me of Geller-Averbakh, 1954, 0-1: Geller vs Averbakh, 1954
Feb-11-17  sudoplatov: Similar opening to Smyslov Fischer 1965 which Fischer won. Fischer delayed Castling to get his QN to f1 (a rather Steinitzian concept).
Aug-24-18  dumbgai: One move before the end of the game, all nine pawns are passed pawns.
Aug-24-18
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Great example of why this was one of the greatest rivalries of the previous century, perhaps not just in chess, either. Love how these two indulged in bizarre pawn formations.
Aug-24-18
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  yiotta: <Great example of why this was one of the greatest rivalries of the previous century, perhaps not just in chess, either.> I could believe Botvinnik sang well in the shower and Smyslov doodled great schematics, but what other rivalry did they have outside of chess? :)
Aug-24-18
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  offramp: <yiotta: <Great example of why this was one of the greatest rivalries of the previous century, perhaps not just in chess, either.> I could believe Botvinnik sang well in the shower and Smyslov doodled great schematics, but what other rivalry did they have outside of chess? :)>

He already told you:
<Great example of why this was one of the greatest rivalries of the previous century, perhaps not just in chess, either. Love >

Aug-24-18
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  offramp: For those who do not understand the GoTD title, <passer> is a genus of sparrows, also known as the true sparrows. The genus includes the house sparrow and the Eurasian tree sparrow. A group of them is called a flock.
Aug-24-18  Ironmanth: Good grinding game! Thanks chessgames.
Aug-24-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <Zatrikion> Yes, this tournament was held in March, April 1941. Germany did not attack the USSR until June 1941.
Aug-24-18  lzromeu: Almost draw.
Sac Q to gain 1tempo and avoid the draw
Amazing. Never seen this before
Aug-24-18
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  maxi: Yes, at this time Joseph was still dotty about Adolph. A breaking of his gentle heart. Sad.
Aug-24-18  cormier: Feb-12-12 The Curious Emblem: I don't agree with 14. Ng4. If he played Nh2 in order to prevent ... Nh5-f4, why not play 14. Nf1 with the plan of Ng3-f5 ? If 14... Qxd1 then 15. Rxd1 Rad8 16. Be3.
Aug-24-18
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  PawnSac: < 40. ...f6 >

or ..Bxe4 with a good endgame plus

Aug-24-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. = (-0.11): 13...Qb8 14.Nhf1 Rd8 15.Qf3 Qb6 16.Ne3 Bf8 17.Nf5 g6 18.Ne3 Bg7 19.Nb3 Na5 20.Nxa5 Qxa5 21.Rd1 c6 22.Bd2 Ra7 23.Nf1 Rad7 24.Bxh6 Rxd1 25.Bxd1 Bxh6 26.Qxf6 Bg7 27.Qg5 Qc7 28.Be2

2. = (-0.05): 13...Rb8 14.Nhf1 Qc8 15.Ne3 Rd8 16.Qf3 Bf8 17.Rd1 Rd7 18.Bb3 Qd8 19.Bxe6 fxe6 20.Qe2 Bc5 21.a4 b4 22.Qc4 Bxe3 23.Qxe6+ Kh8 24.fxe3 Rd6 25.Qf5 bxc3 26.bxc3 Rd3

Aug-25-18
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  yiotta: <offramp> Thanks, the answer was staring me in the face. I didn't fully grasp the GOTD title either.
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