Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1957), Moscow URS, rd 11, Mar-30
King's Indian Attack: Symmetrical Defense (A05)  ·  1/2-1/2



explore this opening
find similar games 104 more Botvinnik/Smyslov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some people don't like to know the result of the game in advance. This can be done by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page, then checking "Don't show game results".

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-21-07  skakmiv: Why draw here? Isn't black about to win an exchange?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessdreamer: Typo! Correct move is <23.Rcd1> Bg4 1/2-1/2
Mar-19-08  aazqua: Who considers this "Neo Grunfeld"?? This doesn't have anything to do with the Grunfeld.
Mar-20-08  nescio: <Who considers this "Neo Grunfeld"??> Kasparov, among many others, I suppose. Against Karpov he played several games with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 d5 6.cxd5 cxd5 under the header "Grünfeld Defence" (example:Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986)
Mar-21-08  Knight13: 10. Nxc6 wasn't necessary. It just favors Black.

11. Na4 prevents ...c5 but places the knight in a not-so-useful square.

12. b3 gets rid of Black's bishop hitting on b2 after he plays e5.

22. d4 followed by ...c5/...a5 looks strong.

Premium Chessgames Member
  zydeco: Why not 22....d4 when black seems significantly better in the ending?

If instead 22.Be3, white seems to retain some slight control over the position: he can double rooks on the c-file, trade dark-squared bishops, and tie up black by maneuvering against c6 and a7.

Botvinnik obviously has some scheme for 22.e4 d4 -- maybe Bf1-c4 and then an eventual pawn roller with f4-f5 but it doesn't look very impressive.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
keats' favorite games
by keats
1957 World Championship Game #11
from Road to the Championship - Vasily Smyslov by suenteus po 147
Match Botvinnik!
by chessgain
Match Botvinnik!
by amadeus
by Malacha
Match Smyslov!
by amadeus
Game 11, Smyslov leads 6-5
from 1957 World Chess Championship by Penguincw
World Championship Game #11
from WCC Index [Botvinnik-Smyslov 1957] by Suenteus Po

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC