|Sep-15-03|| ||ughaibu: This is the final game of the drawn match (1954), Smyslov had won the previous game to tie the score and if he'd won this one too of course he'd've won the match. I guess that white is better in the final position but for such a fighting player as Smyslov it's surprising that he would offer a draw so early in such a critical game. Strange that I've never heard any conspiracy theories about this one. I guess there's no justification for such a theory but on the other hand the fact of this game suggests that conspiracy theories are being proposed for situations that probably dont need explaining, they 're rather common. |
|Sep-15-03|| ||Benzol: After his disasterous start, with only 11/2 out of the first 6 games, Smyslov must have used up a great deal of nervous energy to level up the scores.Although younger by 10 years he was probably very tired. |
|Oct-26-06|| ||talisman: somebody is going to have to explain it to me.|
|Dec-16-06|| ||talisman: ok that was an ole jackson browne 1st line.Now... how in the heck do you resign here?|
|Dec-16-06|| ||talisman: or offer draw?|
|Feb-11-07|| ||Open Defence: maybe he offered a draw as a psychological ploy.. thinking that Botvinnik would not like to tie the match with a much younger player... but instead Botvinnik realized that he better take it and fight another day / championship match ?|
|Feb-11-07|| ||talisman: <Open Defence> good pt. maybe so. 22 moves...really puzzling.|
|Feb-11-07|| ||shalgo: As stated below, a draw in this game, the last in the match, meant that the final score was 12-12. Botvinnik therefore retained the title. Botvinnik is much better in the final position--only white has any chance of winning. Therefore, Smyslov, in offering a draw, was conceding the championship to Botvinnik.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||Resignation Trap: Botvinnik was in the same situation three years earlier in his match vs. Bronstein (see Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 ). White has the better game here, but he retains the title of World Champion if he agrees to a draw. So why should he try for more?|
|Mar-22-07|| ||talisman: <Resignation Trap> why would smyslov accept a draw w/ the match on the line in this position...amazing.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||Resignation Trap: <talisman> White holds all the advantages that there are here: passed pawn, control of the d-file, Black's c5 Pawn can become a target, and a space advantage foe White.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||whatthefat: If nothing else, White can play Rd6, and if Black plays ...Nc8, White simply returns the rook to d3, threatening Na4. At worst, White can repeat moves. Black looks to be completely at White's mercy.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||PolishPentium: Sorry, can't understand why Black doesn't play 18...Bxc3. If he's worried about the reply 19 Bxc5, winning the N at c6 (of course, he'll shuffle the queen out of danger and have to abandon the knight), then perhaps he should first let the knight go desperado (revised line,
18... Nxc4), and then upon 19 pxNc4, 19 ...Bxc3, and at least Black is a pawn ahead on the deal.|
If a duffer such as CRW, aka PolishPentium, can see this, perhaps there ARE reasons to be suspicious of a pro-Botvinnik conspiracy at work. Then again, it could just be that the above analysis is flawed. Elucidation from the peanut gallery will be appreciated...(^-_-^)
|Mar-23-07|| ||whatthefat: <PolishPentium>
I'll admit this is without engine or board, but how about 18...Nxc4 19.Bxc5 Qc7 (19...Qe6 20.bxc4 Bxc3 21.Rd6 Qxc4 22.Rc1 looks clearly better for White to me) 20.Nxa4
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|Mar-25-07|| ||Resignation Trap: Here's what <<>>Chess Review<<>> had to say about this game:|
<<> A conventional opening leads to a tense situation. White has a powerful passed Pawn, Black a chance to break through on the Queen-side (with...b5). Smyslov, however, seems to conclude that trying for a win may lose instead. On the 22nd move, he offers a draw, and Botvinnik naturally accepts it as it secures possession of the title.<>>
The bald game score is then given, no diagrams, notes or punctuation.
|Mar-25-07|| ||Resignation Trap: Following this game, <<>>Chess Review<<>> made this short conclusion about this match:|
<<Primus inter Pares>>
<<> Of course, the chess world now really has three champions, Botvinnik holding the title only as first among equals.
It would be intertesting to know if only two players truly equal Botvinnik. There maybe one or two inside Russia - that is hard to judge. Not so hard, however, is it to judge the rest. Only Reshevsky has real chances - provided he is permitted to prove it in a match.<>>
|Mar-21-08|| ||Knight13: <Botvinnik is much better in the final position--only white has any chance of winning. Therefore, Smyslov, in offering a draw, was conceding the championship to Botvinnik.> But Smyslov has nothing to lose. He should've still fought on. A loss and a draw is the same result. Who knows, Botvinnik might've messed up.|
10...exd4 is not that good.
Instead of 13...Nfd7 I like 13...Be6 followed by ...Qd7. That bishop can barely do anything in this game so if white takes on e6 it'll only favor Black and brings a pawn toward the center for black to fight with.
|Apr-28-08|| ||positionalgenius: Its a good thing that this was not played in the modern age... can you imagine kramnik and anand going for a 24 move draw in the final game of their upcoming Bonn match?|
|Nov-04-08|| ||whatthefat: <positionalgenius>
Wow, how did you do that?!
|Nov-04-08|| ||Shams: apparently his genius is more than positional.|
|Jul-03-09|| ||WhiteRook48: boring positional play|
|Jul-03-09|| ||WhiteRook48: sorry no offense|
|Jan-21-11|| ||soothsayer8: It was win or go home for Smyslov and he didn't even TRY! I'm starting to buy this whole conspiracy theory surrounding Soviet Chess in this time period, this game was just unexplainable, and a shame, really.|
|Nov-09-11|| ||chesstyro: agree that white should win. but wow, make him make the moves.|
|Mar-26-12|| ||talisman: White's position is slightly better, but a long struggle lay ahead...M. Botvinnik. i guess it's only right that Botvinnik gets the final word.|