|Aug-03-04|| ||Jesuitic Calvinist: Ducky's finest hour. |
|Feb-13-06|| ||Resignation Trap: This game was Botvinnik's only loss in the Olympiad. In fact, of the 76 games played by members of the Soviet team (Mikhail Botvinnik , Vasily Smyslov , Paul Keres , David Bronstein , Mikhail Tal and Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian ) this was the only loss.|
|Feb-13-06|| ||Jim Bartle: Let's take a look at that Soviet Olympic team: four world champions (current, former, or future), one who drew a WC match, and one player often considered the greatest player never to be WC. |
I mean, when your "weak links" are Bronstein and Keres...
|Feb-13-06|| ||OlimpBase: here's team's profile in 1958 http://www.olimpbase.org/1958/1958u...
Their gap over runners-up was clear 5.5 point!|
|Feb-13-06|| ||Jim Bartle: Thanks. Could the USSR have also fielded a B team or a C team more highly ranked than any other country?|
|Feb-13-06|| ||OlimpBase: Not by that time. Still, they made up part of a lost ground in 1994 fielding a record number of four Russian teams in a competition!|
|Jun-22-06|| ||Benzol: If I remember rightly the Soviet performance at Nice in 1974 was good too. In fact I don't think they lost a single game.|
|Apr-28-08|| ||Calli: After this loss, Botvinnik skipped the next two rounds. He finally returned with a special lamp installed at his board. Apparently when he said he could not see what Dueckstein was doing, he meant literally!|
|Apr-29-08|| ||Calli: Reshevsky wrote that other players made jokes about it:|
"Then he played against France. A big lamp was placed at his table at his request. Other players comment at this: 'Is he going to see better now?' One says: 'What excuse will Botvinnik have if he should lose now?' The reply: 'Bad lamp.' " - Sports Illus., November 1958
Actually, the lamp looks huge:
|Aug-02-17|| ||offramp: <Calli: After this loss, Botvinnik skipped the next two rounds.>|
Botvinnik was always the joker. Fit, though!
|Aug-02-17|| ||PhilFeeley: Too bad we can't call this the "Dueck Dynasty"|