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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954), Moscow URS, rd 8, Apr-01
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-19-08  Knight13: Are you serious White can't win this with 51. Ke6 ?
Mar-19-08  outsider: no way. it is enough for black to give away their two pieces for the white's two pawns, and that's an evident draw
Mar-19-08  hms123: <Knight13> try 51. Ba3 and then eventually sac both minor pieces for White's pawns. No mate with just two knights.
Mar-19-08  Knight13: <outsider><hms123> Cool, thanks!
Jul-16-12  freeman8201: Query: isn't the Bf5 maneuver a take on the QGD: Latvian defense?
Aug-15-15  Mr. V: yes good question, what kind of opening is this? It does seem like a QGD
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  Sally Simpson: ***

<"yes good question, what kind of opening is this?">

"As though influenced by the date (April 1) Smyslov adopted a defence against the Queen Pawn that usually only a fool would play."

Harry Golombek, (page 47) 'World Chess Championship 1954' Harry was an arbiter.


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  plang: 5..dxc?! led to a shaky position for Black; 5..Rb8 would have been better. 9..Qd7?! led to simplifications favorable for White; Botvinnik recommended 9..Rxd2 10 Nxd2..Qxd4 11 Rd1..c3 12 Ndc4..Qc5 as being more consistent with interesting complications.

Botvinnik on 16..Nxf5:
"But this is a losing mistake. Of course, correct was 16..exf, after which Black gets rid of the weak pawn ob e6, and, still more importantly, he secures a convenient central post on d5 for his knight."

23..Kd7? would not have been playable due to 25 Nce5+!..fxe 26 Nxe5+. Starting with 35 Ke3? (playing the king to a more vulnerable square) White started to go wrong. Aronin suggested the following winning line: 35 f4..Kc8 36 Na5..Kd7 37 e5..Nb6 38 Nc5+..Bxc5 39 dxc..Nd5 40 c6+..Kc8 41 Nc4..Nxf4+ 42 Kd2..fxe 43 Nd6+..cxd 44 Rxg7. After 38 Nb3? realistic winning chances were gone. 39 Nbc5..Bxc5 40 Nxc5..Nd7 would have cost White his extra pawn.

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