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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
Smyslov - Botvinnik World Championship Rematch (1958), Moscow URS, rd 6, Mar-20
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  1-0

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Mar-18-08  Knight13: <40. Ba6> Completely showing off?
May-21-16  zydeco: Very important game for Botvinnink. He walked into a mating net in the previous game, which could have easily demoralized him. Instead, he convincingly outplays Smyslov. Black's opening setup leaves him with a weak pawn on c6, and that's all Botvinnik needs to win.
May-21-16
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  perfidious: Yet another failure of opening classification: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 c6 6.Be3 a6 gives the position reached in this game and is Byrne's system against the KID Saemisch, not a Modern.
Mar-25-21  tbontb: 30....Bb3 (better Rd6) abandons the c6 pawn for counterplay but proves insufficient against Botvinnik's precise play. The last real chance is probably more accurate defence by 32....Rd7. As played, 38....Ke7 (Kg7 is relatively best, though still difficult) is a step too far in the same direction, while 40. Ba6 (or Bb5) finally serves to control the Black d pawn, after which White is clearly winning.

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