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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1957), Moscow URS, rd 4, Mar-12
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Early deviations (B62)  ·  0-1


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Mar-03-08  Knight13: White seemed so safe and then suddenly after ....Rxd5! he goes into the hole!
Jun-17-09  VaselineTopLove: Where's the win here for black?
Jun-17-09  TheChessGuy: 41...Re3+ wins the queen. If White decides to take the bishop on move 43, then 43...Qxa2 pins the knight to the rook. In addition, White's kingside pawns are weak and will drop.
May-27-11  Funology: 35. ...Rxd5 might make a good thursday or friday puzzle.
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  zydeco: 18.Nc1-b3 doesn't do much; maybe 18.Rc1, 18.c4, or even 18.g4 (to keep the kingside in check).

It seems a bit schizoid to surrender the two bishops and then open the position (with 23.c4). Maybe just 20.Bd2.

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  offramp: A critical position after 28...♗d6-f4

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Δ...♗xc1 and ...♗/♖xd5 .
So White now played 29.Bxb7, but Botvinnik reckons that the best move is 29.Rc5!

Botvinnik thinks that white is lost after he misses that move, and he makes no further comments on the game. But in the following position, after 34...♗e3-g5 ...

click for larger view about the simple 35.a3, making a different route for the king?

Jun-28-14  ughaibu: In that case, can't black win a piece with 35...Rd5
Jul-05-14  Resignation Trap: Photo of this game in progress:
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