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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954), Moscow URS, rd 19, Apr-29
French Defense: Winawer Variation. Winckelmann-Riemer Gambit (C15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: For fans of the Botvinnik vs. Smyslov rivalry, here's another one of their crazy brawls in the French Winawar. At one point, both players "enjoy" a set of not-totally-useless tripled pawns.
Jul-14-09  LIFE Master AJ: Thank goodness this site does not give (yet another) erroneous game score for this contest.

Most sites (like ChessBase - and also many books) give this game as ending after move 45.

However, this is incorrect. The 41st move was the sealed (adjourned) move, and "the game was agreed drawn without resumption." (Page # 74.)

From the (excellent, new) book:
< <Botvinnik - Smyslov> "Three World Chess Championship Matches: 1954, 1957, and 1958."> By Mikhail Botvinnik, published by "New In Chess." (I received a copy of this book so that I could review it.)

Jul-14-09  LIFE Master AJ: However, the date given for this game IS ALL WRONG!!! It was played 29 April, 1954. (Not January 20th.)
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Ah, another fan of the Botvinnik-Smyslov rivalry! <LMAJ>, is there anything out there with Smyslov's annotations? It should prove intriguing to compare their thoughts on the same games.
Jul-20-09  LIFE Master AJ: <An Englishman> I saw - one time - a reprint of an old article. Both players annotated the same game.

It was VERY interesting to compare their annotations, especially in the PRE-COMPUTER days!

I know of no books along these lines.

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  Gypsy: <An Englishman: ... is there anything out there with Smyslov's annotations? >

In <Smyslov's 125 Sellected Games>, you can find these S-B games annotated by Smyslov:

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1943

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1955

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1965

Jul-20-09  LIFE Master AJ: I have 125 games by Smyslov, its a good book.
Jul-20-09  AnalyzeThis: I thought Botvinnik was going to win this game. It looked like he had a menacing setup against white's king.
Jul-23-09  LIFE Master AJ: <AT> Agreed, for most of the game, I think I would have rather played the Black side of the board.
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  offramp: After 27...♙e5xf4

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Tripled pawns-a-go-go!!

Jul-14-19  rcs784: <offramp> I wonder how many other games in history (let alone in the WC) include both sides having tripled pawns simultaneously? I'm guessing not very many!
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  gezafan: Double triple pawns.
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