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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1957), Moscow URS, rd 19, Apr-20
English Opening: Symmetrical. Symmetrical Variation (A36)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-20-08  Knight13: Son of a... This is like the exact postion I had when I played against Bluschez in 2006!!!
Mar-20-08  mistreaver: <Knight13> I know you like to leave comments on every game you go through but empty comments like this rly get on ppl's nerves
Mar-20-08  Knight13: <mistreaver: <Knight13> I know you like to leave comments on every game you go through but empty comments like this rly get on ppl's nerves> How? :-/
Mar-21-08  mistreaver: <knight13> i do know ... e.g. i look for kibitzed games and then i find 1 like this with comment i can learn nothing and that doesn't help to understand the game. I mean i know you are good player but who forces you to leave comments everywhere. Isn't that just unnecessary loss of time just coz you try to follow your principles?
Mar-21-08  mistreaver: You are trying to comment on every game i respect that... But you could have as well left this comment in cafe or on your personal forum
Apr-24-11  bronkenstein: I wonder what was BotvinnikĀ“s reason to play well known draw variation , wasting one of his last white pieces , while trailing Smyslov for few points...?
Apr-25-11
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  perfidious: <bronkenstein: I wonder what was BotvinnikĀ“s reason to play well known draw variation , wasting one of his last white pieces , while trailing Smyslov for few points...?>

Botvinnik closed his match with Petrosian, six years on, with three short draws, the latter two ten moves each, when the score was +2 -5 with five games remaining.

Apr-25-11  bronkenstein: <Botvinnik closed his match with Petrosian, six years on, with three short draws, the latter two ten moves each, when the score was +2 -5 with five games remaining.> Ty for info , though i know that already :)

That happened closer to the end of the match , if one assumes that Botvinnik didnt give up here already (therefore hoping for 24 game match and full fight for , atleast , equalisation ...which meens that this is one of 6 last games , one of his 3 whites...his fightless draws changed that ofc) , and he was trailing with 3 against Petrossian (here only 2 ), much more solid player than Smyslov.

So still , a mystery to me , since Botvinnik was famous for his fighting spirit .

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