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Paul Keres vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 19, Mar-14
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense (C03)  ·  1-0



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Dec-07-04  emilio martinez: The last move is corrected noted ?
Mar-17-05  Chris00nj: Interesting that Keres was +1 -6 against Botvinnik after WWII, but following 1953, Keres won two in a row. Makes you wonder....
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  keypusher: Yes, and then came the Daniel-Sinyavsky show trial in 1966, and Botvinnik promptly crushed Keres twice. It's all becoming clear now...
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  Phony Benoni: The immediate context makes this game even more itneresting.

This was played in the last round of the Soviet Championship. At the time, Geller was leading with 12.0, while Botvinnik and Smyslov had 11.5. Keres, who had never been a factor, was two points back.

As it turned out, Geller lost in the final round, but Smyslov could only draw. Hence, a win would have given Botvinnik the title, a draw a tie for first.

He never came close. I'll bet Keres slept well that night.

May-23-11  bronkenstein: <He never came close. I'll bet Keres slept well that night.>

Hehe i bet so :)

BTW is it possible that Botvinnik THE theoretician , maestro of preparations was simply lost after 7(hey , 7, SEVAN!!) Bxf3 ?

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  perfidious: <Bronkenstein>: An improvement for Black is 6....exd4, as in the following game: Fischer vs R Byrne, 1965.

<Phony Benoni> The last of Keres' three wins against Botvinnik, in the following year, came in the final round of the Alekhine Memorial, and allowed Smyslov to share first with Mikhail Moiseevich: Keres vs Botvinnik, 1956.

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  HeMateMe: MB completely outplayed in the opening. This isn't 1948, though. A little too late for keres.
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