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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Smyslov - Botvinnik World Championship Rematch (1958), Moscow URS, rd 23, May-08
King's Indian Attack: Smyslov Variation (A05)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-20-08  Knight13: b4 Bb2 Na3... Smyslov messing around in a World Championship Match?
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  offramp: When these two greats finished their World Championship shenanigans in the 1950s the chess world must have thought We will never see such a rivalry again!

Soon after, we had Karpov-Kortschnoij and then Karpov-Kasparov. And it won't end there! Records are made only to be broken!

Jun-19-14  Petrosianic: <the chess world must have thought We will never see such a rivalry again!>

I doubt it. a) It's a pretty silly thing to think, and b) nobody could be sure that it WAS over until Botvinnik lost the title. And c) It wasn't that hot a rivalry. They mostly just played the games, without much in the way of extra-curricular antics.

Jun-19-14  Howard: Not only that, chess competition is a lot more intense today than back in, say, the Karpov-Korchnoi era. The times where two players would have a long-standing rivalry are probably over for good.

Nothing will probably ever top the Karpov-Kasparov days, as far as intense, longtime rivalry.

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  offramp: Aha! I was right! Because everything <Howard> says contradicts everything <Petrosianic> says.
Jun-19-14  Petrosianic: Can you actually think of anyone who went on record saying there'd never be another such rivalry? I see Howard saying it now, but I never read of anyone saying it in the 1950's.

Can we agree that if Howard were around in the 50's that he probably <would> have said it about Botvinnik-Smyslov?

Jun-19-14  Howard: "Howard" wasn't born yet as of 1958 (when the third, and last, match was played).

But if I had been "around" in 1958, there's no telling what I or anyone else would have said about another future rivalry comparable to the Botvinnik-Smyslov one.

But let's keep in mind at least one thing---the third match was automatically triggered when Botvinnik lost the second one, due to the rematch clause back then. Now if there'd been no rematch clause at all, there's no telling if he would have been able to earn a third encounter with Smyslov. If there'd been only two matches, therefore, then this "rivalry" would not have been as well known as it is today.

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