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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
"Plethora of Passers" (game of the day Aug-24-2018)
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 15, Apr-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1

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Jun-30-12  vinidivici: why 59...Rc7 ?

why not directly 59...d1=Q ?

Jun-30-12  sevenseaman: <vinidivici> <why 59...Rc7 ?

why not directly 59...d1=Q ?>

Yes. See my solution.

Jun-30-12  sevenseaman: < Jimfromprovidence> <I'm not sure if 56... Rxb6 is the only winning move, as 56...d3 directly might win as well. I'm still working on that part.>

I tried 56. d3 directly. Looks a bit tough to me. White gets a tempo ahead by saccing his own R at b2, separating the 2 leftover connected Ps & taking my b7 R to queen faster.

Jun-30-12  dakgootje: Right idea, wrong move.

Wanted to play 56. ..Rcb8 57. axb7 d3

Now at this point I only calculated 58. Rc5 and 58. Rd5. Both cases black wins by pushing the pawns.

However, if 58. Rb1 c2 59. R5xc2 cxb1=Q 60. Rxb1 there's nothing..

Jun-30-12
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  Richard Taylor: I solved this. It took a little time as I was concerned about a possible perpetual by White. But I thought he has to stop White's past pawns so to gets rid of one and then has at least or nearly three pawns about to Q and then the rest is just a bit hard work (checking defenses etc)which, well I knew I would be able to see it all eventually so I let Botvinnik do the rest!
Jun-30-12
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  Richard Taylor: < dakgootje: Right idea, wrong move.

Wanted to play 56. ..Rcb8 57. axb7 d3

Now at this point I only calculated 58. Rc5 and 58. Rd5. Both cases black wins by pushing the pawns.

However, if 58. Rb1 c2 59. R5xc2 cxb1=Q 60. Rxb1 there's nothing..>

I also had the idea (at one point) of doubling on the b file by black but I thought it lost time. And White can give back rooks destroying those essential passed pawns!

Jun-30-12  1stboard: Not to question a world champion's move, but I like for black 60 ... C2 better .....
Jun-30-12
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  Richard Taylor: Smyslov blundered with 50. Ra3?? Apart from that the position was complex and about= 50. Rb2 was good about=
Jun-30-12  1stboard: Passed pawns sure can do a lot of damage, can't they .......
Jun-30-12  scormus: <sevenseaman: .... I tried 56. d3 directly. Looks a bit tough to me. White gets a tempo ahead by saccing his own R at b2, separating the 2 leftover connected Ps & taking my b7 R to queen faster.>

I like your thinking. Before I looked at the game continuation, I thought that's how it might go. The lines I looked at came out in favour of B, though I did not check all possibilities and most likely missed the best continuation for W.

Immediately taking the b-pawn seems to lose (57 Rxb2 cxb2 and if 58 axb7 then ... Rd8) If instead 57 axb7 first then 57 ... d2 and 58 ... dxe1=Q+ looks to be a serious threat. W doesnt get another chance of Rxb2

Thanks <CG> Yesterday and today have been great puzzles

Jun-30-12
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  Eyal: <1stboard: Not to question a world champion's move, but I like for black 60 ... C2 better .....>

60...c2? Actually allows White to force a draw with 61.R6g5! (threatening mate by Rxh5) Rc6 (or 61...Kh6 62.Rg6+ Kh7 63.R6g5) 62.Rg7+ Kh6 63.Rg8! Kh7 64.R8g7+ etc. 60...d1=Q! (or b1=Q, with the same idea) is necessary in order to deflect the white rook from the g-file and gain a tempo for <61...c2>, once the rook captures the new queen.

Btw, a move earlier 59...c2? also allows White to force a draw by 60.Rf7+ Kh8 (60...Kh6 61.Rg6#) 61.Rf6 Kh7 (61...Rc7 62.Rh6+ Rh7 63.a7) 62.Rf7+ etc.

And of course, c2 is also a mistake on move 58 instead of d2, because of 59.Rxb2. The idea of the 3 connected pawns advance is to actually get a queen, not just to win a white rook.

So in a way, the final moves of the game are all about timing ...c2 correctly.

Jun-30-12  Zatrikion: Black's 3 pawns are sufficient for victory:

56..Rxb6
57.Rxb6 d3
58.Rb7+ Kh6
59.a7 Ra8
60.Kg2 (Rd7 or Rc7 or Rd1 then 60..c2)
60..d2
61.Rd1 c2
62.Rxd2 b1Q+
63.Rxb1 cxb1Q+ 0-1

Jun-30-12
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  kevin86: White has two connectors,black has THREE. Black can even give a rook and newborn queen to win!
Jun-30-12
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  Jimfromprovidence: Chew on this position for a while.

56...d3 57 axb7 d2 58 Rg1 Rg8! I say it's winning for black.


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The alternative 56...d3 57 axb7 d2 <58 bxc8Q> looks no good after 58... dxe1Q 59 Kg2 Qg3+, etc. Black can soon push his h pawn.


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Jun-30-12
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  chrisowen: Cold hard truth baby og hurt ra3 effect it double in try it rookb2

fetching time yardstick to measure black pawns are quicker mitigate

pasture green bd1 bd2 rub off in event black bishop to queen bribe

stopping b3 c4 any event whhite shortages his own fuse eminated in

coordination rooka3 paves the way it is for goofy c3 book him ascent

in a6 nice jumper strike d3 aft rookb6 three squids in mind over d1

classic case gain freedom strict confidence c2 I glanced a ten fold

sac in goodies you specked in ar the b6 i dent in pasting him labour

in white once in d3 got punishment scathing sigh the angle d3 one

for the monkey b2 for the show c3 it is pin the watering hole a d1

chain white rook g1 to king so wing back queend1 in stitching him up

pet a3 line it's no good free white b2 cover.

Jun-30-12
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  doubledrooks: I found 56...Rxb6 57. Rxb6 d3 with the idea of pushing the d pawn.
Jun-30-12  Zatrikion: Wow! Leningrad 1941, in the middle of WWII? I guess the game must have taken place before the Nazi attack of that year..

What a marvellous game! Pretty close for today

Jun-30-12  SuperPatzer77: <Eyal> Yeah, you're absolutely right about 60...d1=♕!!. That move deflects the white rook from the g file.

Black to move and win - see diagram below:


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60...d1=♕!! (not 60...c2??, 61. ♖6g5! =), 61. ♖xd1 c2! White resigns 0-1.

After 61...c2!, White resigns in lieu of 62. ♖dg1 c1=♕, 63. ♖6g5 ♕xg1+, 64. ♖xg1 ♖c1, 65. a7 ♖xg1+!, 66. ♔xg1 b1=♕+, 66. ♔h2 ♕a2+, 67. ♔h3 ♕xa7

SuperPatzer77

Jun-30-12
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  Eyal: <Jimfromprovidence: Chew on this position for a while. 56...d3 57 axb7 d2 58 Rg1 Rg8! I say it's winning for black.>

Yeah, it's winning (<scormus> also mentioned this line). The reason 58...Rg8! is necessary, btw, is that Black can meet 59.b8Q with 59...Rxg1+ 60.Kxg1 d1Q+ (59...Rxb8? 60.Rc5 and now White's two rooks can handle Black's three advancing pawns, while 60...Rxb6 allows 61.Rc7+ Kh8 62.Rc8+ Kh7 63.Rc7+ with perpetual check the king can't go to h6 because of Rg6#).

However, from a practical viewpoint this seems much less natural than 56...Rxb6 - because with 56...d3 Black has to allow White to queen and then make sure that this queen, in the vicinity of his (rather exposed) king, isn't going to become really dangerous before he manages to queen his own pawn. That's quite a headache... For example, to make sure 56...d3 57 axb7 d2 58 Rg1 Rg8! works one needs to go as far as 59.b8Q Rxg1+ 60.Kxg1 d1Q+ 61.Kh2 Qe2+ 62.Kg1 Qe3+ 63.Kg2 Qd2+ 64.Kh3 c2 65.Qc7+ Kh6 66.Qf7 Qg5.

Jun-30-12  patzer2: <al wazir: I got 56...Rxb6 all right. Then I wanted to push the c-Pawn right away, but two connected passed Pawns are not enough. The d-Pawn has to join them.>

Me too! 56...Rxb6 is practically forced, but 57...d3! is a subtle and essential predatory move that is worthy of study.

Jul-04-12  LoveThatJoker: Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Excellent! A WC Botvinnik puzzle!

<56...c2! 57. axb7>

(57. Rxb2 c1=Q ; 57. Rc5 Rxc5 )

<57...c1=Q 58. bxc8=Q>

(58. Rxc1? bxc1=Q+ 59. any Rc2+ 60. Kh3 Qh1#)

<58...Qxe1+ 59. any Qe2+ 60. Kg1>

[60. Kh3 Qxf3+ 61. Kh2 (61. Kxh4?? Qg4#) 61...Qe2+! 62. Kg1/Kh1 (62. Kh3 Qxb5 ) 62...Qxb5 ; 60. Kh1 Qxb5 ]

<60...Qxb5 61. Qc7+ Kg8! 62. Qc8+>

[62. Qd8+ Kf7 63. Qc7+ Ke8 64. Qc8+ Ke7! 65. Qe6+ (65. Qc7+ Qd7 66. Qc5+ Qd6 67. Qa7+ Ke8! 68. Qa8+ Qd8 69. Qc6+ Qd7 70. Qa8+ - 70. Qc2 d3! and Black wins - 70...Kf7 and Black wins) 65...Kd8 66. Qxf6+ (66. Qd6+ Kc8 67. Qf8+ Kc7 68. Qe7+ Kb8 69. Qd8+ Ka7 70. Qe7+ - 70. Qxd4+? Qb6! and Black wins - 70...Kxa6 71. Qa3+ Kb7 72. Qf7+ Kc6 73. Qxf6+ Kc5 74. Qe5+ Kc4 75. Qc7+ Kd3 and Black wins as his K has escaped from the checks) 66...Kd8 and as just shown, Black will eventually escape from the checks on d3]

<62...Kg7 63. Qc7+ Kf8 64. Qc8+ Ke7 65. Qe6+>

[65. Qc7+ Qd7 66. Qc5+ Qd6 67. Qa7+ Ke8! 68. Qa8+ Qd8 69. Qc6+ Qd7 70. Qa8+ (70. Qc2 d3! ) 70...Kf7 ]

<65...Kd8 66. Qxf6+>

[66. Qd6+ Kc8 67. Qf8+ Kc7 68. Qe7+ Kb8 69. Qd8+ Ka7 70. Qe7+ (70. Qxd4+? Qb6! and Black wins) 70...Kxa6 71. Qa3+ Kb7 72. Qf7+ Kc6 73. Qxf6+ Kc5 74. Qe5+ Kc4 75. Qc7+ Kd3 and Black wins as his K has escaped from the checks]

<66...Kd8> 0-1 as Black will eventually escape from the checks as shown in the 66. Qd6+ variation.

LTJ

Feb-04-13  Brian.elkhoury: Isn't 47. axb advantageous for white? I see those 3 pass pawns are unstoppable and compensate well the dark square bishop. followed by 48.a6, Rd5 49.a7,Rc8 50.Rb2,c3 51.Rb4,Rb6 52.Bc2! Bxc2 53.a5! and so on... Aren't they the best possible moves? where did i go wrong?
Aug-15-15  Mr. V: Honestly one of my favorite games, this is totally breathtaking. For this Botvinnik was born!
Aug-15-15  Mr. V: And Smyslov too
Feb-11-17  clement41: Beautiful endgame. Reminds me of Geller-Averbakh, 1954, 0-1: Geller vs Averbakh, 1954
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