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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED, rd 8, Mar-18
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Smyslov Variation (D98)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-17-08  Knight13: Good defense by Smyslov. Blocked off White's rooks' entry points, and after it opened he still managed to use his bishop to the best.
Nov-14-10  soothsayer8: A hard fought draw, good precursor to the Botvinnik-Smyslov rivalry that would be played out in years to come.
Jul-21-13
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  zydeco: I feel like Smyslov passed up several chances to sharpen the game: f5 somewhere around move 25 feels right. Once black gets in 27....Nb5 it's difficult for him to lose.

a5 on move 42 or 43 seems like a given.

63.Rxa5 seems better, if more double-edged, than sacrificing the c-pawn.

Nov-10-18  sakredkow: Both players content to enter into Black's exchange sac which seems practically forced after 31. Nd2. The R+R vs R+B ending is a nice model.

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