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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Smyslov - Botvinnik World Championship Rematch (1958), Moscow URS, rd 5, Mar-18
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation (B58)  ·  1-0
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Aug-17-06  waddayaplay: 40..Kc5? -- the last move before the time control -- loses the game. After 41.Kd3 black can't prevent b5#

According to Smyslov, 40..Kc7 would have saved a draw.

Oct-01-07
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  whiteshark: <waddayaplay>: I guess you read Smyslov's <Secrets of rook endgames>, didn't you ?
May-21-08
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  whiteshark: An interesting ♖♖ endgame starting after <30...Kxe6>:


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May-21-08
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  whiteshark: Immediately <33...f5!> (w/o 33...a6) looks like a safe way to draw <34.Kc3 Re3+ 35.Rd3 Rxd3+ 36.Kxd3 g5!=>


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e.g. <37.b4 g4 38.b5 f4 39.Rg8 g3 40.b6 axb6 41.axb6 Rd7+>


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May-21-08
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  whiteshark: <39...g5!> could have draw easily.


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e.g. <40.Rb6+ Ke7 41.Rxa6 Rf8! 42.Ke5 Kd7 43.Rd6+ Kc7>


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<43.Rd2 f3 44.Rf2 g4 45.Ke4 Rb8=>


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Jul-05-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: <waddayaplay: 40..Kc5? -- the last move before the time control -- loses the game. After 41.Kd3 black can't prevent [b4]#

<According to Smyslov, 40..Kc7 would have saved a draw.>>

Botvinnik also analyzes 40. … Kc7 as drawing.

The following analysis appears in “Botvinnik-Smyslov: Three World Championship Matches: 1954, 1957, 1958”, by Mikhail Botvinnik, New in Chess ©2009, at page 209: <40...Kc7> 41.Rxa6 Rf8 42.Rxg6 (or 42.Kf3 g5 43.Rg6 Rb8=) 42...f3 43.Rg1 Rb8! 44.Rf1 Rxb3 45.Rxf3 Rb1! (but not 45...Rb4 46.Kd5 Ra4 47.Rf7+ Kb8 48.Kc5! ) 46.Kd5 Kb7 “obtaining a well-known drawn ending”.

Jul-05-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: <waddayaplay: 40..Kc5? -- the last move before the time control -- loses the game. *** >

BTW, although this blunder was the last move before the time control, Botvinnik still had 2-3 minutes left on his clock, per his comment in “Botvinnik-Smyslov: Three World Championship Matches: 1954, 1957, 1958”, by Mikhail Botvinnik, New in Chess ©2009, at page 209.

Jan-25-14
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  WCC Editing Project:

This game was played after a three day postponement due to <Botvinnik> coming down with gastrointestinal influenza whilst playing the adjourned position from game 4.

--Harry Golombek
"The World Chess Championships of 1957 and 1958"
(Harding Simpole 2002 -original copyright Golombek 1957), p.114*

*Pagination of the 1958 portion of this volume follows the original pagination from the "BCM" No.5 (May 1958), pp.113-124

Feb-20-15
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  offramp: <18th March 1958

Another stupid loss. In my defense I could hardly concentrate owing to the rustling in the audience as the Armenians unfurled their stupid wax mats.

I have ordered the committee to take action on this.

Let's go!>

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