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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954), Moscow URS, rd 20, May-04
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  0-1


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Apr-14-05  Backward Development: very nice finish by Smyslov. The continuation would be 73.Kd1 e3 74.Nc1 Rh1+ 75.Ke2<75.Kc2? changes nothing, in fact makes matters worse 75...Rxc1+! 76.Kxc1 e2 > 75...Rxc1 76.Rxe3+ Bxe3 77.Kxe3 Rxc5< > when the king and rook gobble all of the white pawns, and eventually the white king.
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  whiteshark: foreplay: Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954
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  Garech: A Titanic struggle! It seems that Smyslov was virtually winning around move 35, and let his advantage slip. Botvinnik, however, never got equality back, and Smyslov fought hard enough to gain a second advantage and win.

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  offramp: Botvinnik does not like his position after 32...♖a8-d8:

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He plays 33.Bxc5

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And now Botvinnik points out that 33...Bxc5 wins!

Jan-13-17  crwynn: I would assume the idea is 33...Bxc5 34.Qe1 (White must defend d2) 34...Qxc3! 35.Rxc3 Rdxd2+ 36.Kh1 Bf2 trapping White's queen.
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