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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954), Moscow URS, rd 11, Apr-08
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0


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Feb-16-08  paladin at large: No comment on a decisive WCM game ? - Smyslov takes control of the ending from move 25 on.
Aug-05-08  CharlesSullivan: Remarkably, Botvinnik could have drawn this game by saving his a-pawn with 39...a4!! Play might continue 40.c6! (40.♔xa4 f4! etc. is even easier for Black to handle) 40...f4! 41.gxf4 gxf4 42.♗e5 f3 43.c7 ♗f5 44.♗d4 a3!

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and this is a draw -- the opposite-colored bishops strike again!

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  GrahamClayton: An interesting idea is 9.♘c6 ♕d7 10.♘a5. The Knight stops the fianchetto of the Black bishop on b7.
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  OrangeTulip: Does someone understand 22... g5, giving away the exchange while entering the endgame?
Jun-02-18  sudoplatov: I don't think 22...g5 gives away the Exchange. Black can recapture on a8.
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