Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1957), Moscow URS, rd 13, Apr-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Bronstein (Byrne) Variation (E45)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 10 times; par: 65 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 104 more Botvinnik/Smyslov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If we are missing an important game, you can submit it (in PGN format) at our PGN Upload Utility.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-18-08  Knight13: <33...b4?!> Huh?
Apr-24-11  bronkenstein: One of Botvinnikīs finest games , he was so proud of it that he said : ˝The game was played in the very style of Capablanca ! ˝ (from his autobiography , ˝Half a century in chess˝) .

This is , in fact , double compliment since Botvinnik , in his comments , concentrates on mistakes and flaws mostly , no matter whether he speaks of his opponents or of himself , being sharp and merciless quite often , therefore sentences like this one are rarity (in fact i cant remember anything similar in the whole book)... and , secondly, he admired Capablanca as the greatest chess talent ever , the only time he dared to compare himself with his idol is this one (to my knowledge) .

Apr-24-11  cunctatorg: It isn't completely obvious to an ordinary amateur why Vassily Smyslov had resigned after Mikhail Botvinnik's 41st move... after the adjournment and the subsequent analysis I guess...

Has it to do with the power of the two passed connected pawns also?

Apr-24-11  bronkenstein: And now on the moves (i will try to remember his key comments since i havenīt got the book here , and some time has passed since i have read it last time).

9.a4 very usefull move, letting bishop on the best diagonal available (a3-f8 that is ) and having possibility to go a4-a5 sometime later.

11. ... Nc6 ! , sacrificing c5 pawn, black would return it fast with an excellent position .

14. Bf3 Ng5 ...Smyslov probably expected draw by repetition here ( Be2 Ne4 Bf3 Ng5 etc ) but ... 15. Bc6 !

18. 0-0 (18. d:c5 b:c5 19. B:c5 N:f3+ !? followed with 20.Qh4+ might be unpleasant ... ).

20. d5! ... Soon white will have 2 passed pawns in the center , giving him decisive advantage, since black neither can move his passers on the queens flank ( they are under fire and will be blocked on the black squares eventually , the black squared bishop that black exchanged for white knight in the very opening is missing...) nor can he block white pawn mass in center (due to strong white black squared bishop on the board ) .

28. Qd2 , with Bc3 to follow and black pawn mass is blocked .

32. Ra2 ... Black is helpless.

33. ... b4 !?, a desperate pawn sacrifice , trying to break black squares blockade and gain some activity , but the game is already decided.

41. Ra8+ ... Time trouble is over, and black resigned . And indeed, what can he do against simple advance of the white pawn center ?

˝ The game was played in the very style of Capablanca ! ˝

Dec-20-15  cunctatorg: Where Smyslov committed mistake or inaccuracies?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: 17...f5 seems weakening. Botvinnik controlled the center after that. Maybe better was the original plan of preparing b5.
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: <Calli> As you no doubt noticed too, Smyslov's knight was stranded and faced with the threat of 18. h4. Does he need to play 17...h6 then?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: Maybe 17...Qf6 and White can't play h4 because of nxf3+. Then Black can continue Rd8, cxd4 etc.
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: <Calli>
Good find! After 17...Qf6, 18...Nxf3+ is a big threat. On 17...Qf6 18. 0-0 Rfd8, now 19. h4 would drop too many pawns for the knight.

White might reply 17...Qf6 18. Kf2, but now the f-pawn is pinned, giving the knight an escape via e4 when needed. I haven't found a way for White to get an advantage.

Premium Chessgames Member
  zydeco: Botvinnik's opening preparation really let him down in this match, but it seems like he was well-prepared here for the Nimzo-Indian.

9.a4 seems to be his novelty and is a good way to develop the bishop. 12.Nb5 looks good. And 15.Bxc6! gives white a commanding center.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Mikhail Botvinnik's Best Games
by dcruggeroli
0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 7
by 0ZeR0
kuna65's favorite games PART TWO
by kuna65
m2g13-pawn blunder was unlucky for challenger
from WC-Botvinnik-Smyslov trio by kevin86
Botvinnik's Best Games 1947-1970
by uglybird
Botvinnik's Best Games 1947-1970
by nakul1964
Nimzo-Indian Study
by swclark25
from botvinnik best games by brager
keats' favorite games
by keats
SamalAlmaty's favorite games
by SamalAlmaty
The Hardest Wins
by crwynn
Match Botvinnik!
by chessgain
Beating the Nimzo-Indian D - Top GM Games
by JoseTigranTalFischer
1957 World Championship Game #13
from Indians Past Nimzo-, Bogo-, Anti-Fredthebear by fredthebear
Match Botvinnik!
by amadeus
by Malacha
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
from NIMZO INDIAN DEFENCE by gambitfan
memorable moments from the world chess champs.
by kibitzwc
Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
from Nimzo-Indian Defense by JohnM
1957 World Championship Game #13
from Road to the Championship - Vasily Smyslov by suenteus po 147
plus 14 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC