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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954), Moscow URS, rd 23, May-11
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  wwall: Perhaps best is 23...Qd5 24.Nd6 Qxg2+ 25.Kxg2 b6 26.R1e4 Rad8 and perhaps a draw.

Why not 24...Rd5 25.Nxb7 Rc8 (not 25...Rb8? 26.Nxc5 Rxc5 27.Rxc6 Qe2 28.Rxc5 Qxe1+ 29.Qf1 Qd2 30.Qc4 Rxb2 31.Rc5+ Kg7 32.Qg5+ Kh6 33.Qf8+ Kh5 34.Rc5+ Kh4 35.Qf6+ g5 36.Rc4+ Kh5 37.Qf7+ Kh6 38.Rc6+ and mates) 26.c4 Re5 27.R1xe5 Nxe5 28.Rxe5 Qd1+ 29.Qf1 Qg4+ and Black should draw.

Perhaps 25...Rc8 26.Nxc5 Qf5 27.Nd7 Qf4 28.Rf6 Qd2+ 29.Qxf3 Qxe1 30.Kg2 Qe7 31.Rxc6 Qxd7 32.Qf6+ Kg8 33.Qe6+ Qxe6 34.Rxe6 Kf7 35.Re4 Rc7.

If 26.Rxc6, perhaps Rxf2 27.Qxf2 Rxf2 28.Re8+ Kg7 29.Kxf2 Qf5+ 30.Ke1 Qb1+ draws.

Perhaps 26...Qd2 27.Re8 Qxf2+ 28.Qxf2 Rxf2 29.b3 Rf1+ 30.Rxf1 Rxe8 31.Rf7 Re8 32.Kf2 Re5 33.b4 Rf5+ 34.Rxf5 gxf5 35.Ne6 Kg8 36.b5 Ne7 37.Nd4 Kf7.

Not 27.Rxc6 Rxf2 28.Qg3 Rf1+ 29.Kg2 Qd5+ 30.Re4 Qxc6 and Black should be winning.

If 27...Rxe8, perhaps 28.Rxe8+ Kg7 29.Ne6+ Kh6 30.h4 Qb1+ 31.Kh2 Qf5 32.Qg5+ Qxg5 33.hxg5 Kh5 34.Kg2 Rf7 35.Kg2 and White should be winning.

After 28.Rxf8+, if 28...Qxf8 29.Ne6 Qf6 30.Ng5 Rf5 (30...Rf4 31.Qd5+ Kh8 32.Re8+ Kg7 33.Ne6+ and 34.Nxf4) 31.Re8+ Kg7 32.Ne6+ and 33.Qxc6 wins. Better seems to be 28...Kxf8 29.Ne6+ Kg8 30.Ng5 Rd3 31.Qxc6 Qxg5+ 32.Kf1 Rd8 33.Qe6+ Kf8 34.Re3 Qxd5 35.Qxd5 Rxd5 36.Ke2 and White should win this endgame.

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  whiteshark: <24...Rf3> looks like the decisive mistake here. Better would have been <24...Rf4 25.Nxb7 Raf8>

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ith a only marginal better position for White.

Jul-23-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954.
Your score: 56 (par = 40)


Jul-05-13  talisman: <whiteshark> right..."simply overlooked white's 27th move." -Botvinnik.
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  zydeco: Very characteristic for both players. Smyslov plays a closed, careful opening (KIA/Closed French setup). Botvinnik takes the first opportunity to sharpen the game: 9....f5!? to exploit white's anodyne 9.a4. Botvinnik plays heavily with pawns: ....d5, ....f4, and creates a string of brutal, direct threats (19....Nf5 with the idea that white can't take on d5 because of ....Qg5+). Smyslov plays with pieces and moves like a dancer to cover his position (20.Bg2!) and exploit black's light-square weaknesses (10.Qb3, 17.Re6, 21.Qd5). He wins in 28 moves while having barely created a direct threat all game.
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