Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Smyslov - Botvinnik World Championship Rematch (1958), Moscow URS, rd 1, Mar-04
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 14 times; par: 123 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 104 more Smyslov/Botvinnik games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

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


Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-13-03  drukenknight: another CaroKann what about: 17 Nxb5?
Dec-04-05  aw1988: Nxb5 cxb5 and what??
Sep-22-06  slomarko: yeah but u needed almost 3 years to refute <drukenknights>'s move
Sep-22-06  dbquintillion: <drunkenknight> will show his continuation was solid in late fall '08. Check back then.
Oct-16-06  Whack8888: 12. Bc7 ?! This move seems to cause White a lot of problems. The reply Qd4 seems natural and strong. Could anyone explain why Smyslov played this move? Perhaps he was over confident, but after e5 he has to spend two moves getting his Bishop back on sides and even then it is subject to the fork from b4.

Smyslov finally gets the bishop to c5 where it is trapped and traded off while Botvinnik's bishop gets to e3 where it is very powerful, attacking White's weakened dark squares completely and completely unopposed.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Zhbugnoimt: it is already 2013. <drunkennight> forgot to comment.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <drukenknight> was away quite a while, so missed out on many things.
Jun-10-15  paavoh: This is a fast-paced discussion, hard to keep up.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: It's like My Dinner With AndrĂ©.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <dbquintillion: <drunkenknight> will show his continuation was solid in late fall '08....>

Or not....

Premium Chessgames Member
  HarryP: I remember the sensation this game created because of Botvinnik's playing (surprise!) the Caro-Kann.
Oct-08-19  Carrots and Pizza: 12...Qd4 - it takes nerves to play a move like that. Just looking at it, the queen seems like it's in danger of being trapped, somehow. At least that's how it looks to this patzer.

The opening seems artificial to me. White seems to give away any chance of an advantage out of the opening.

Apr-05-21  tbontb: Botvinnik surprised with a new opening and by move 16 Smyslov was already short of time. 31.Bd3 was a serious mistake under pressure leaving White "positionally lost" after ....Nd7 (Botvinnik). Smyslov sought counterplay with 36.f4 (36.Qd1 Nxd3 37.cxd3 Ra2) but Botvinnik countered precisely and simplified into a won Q ending.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

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: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, 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 ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

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?]
Game 72
from On My Great Predecessors 2 (Kasparov) by isfsam
Game 72
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (2) by demirchess
by Okavango
Game 72
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (2) by AdrianP
m3g1-losing the title made Mike mad-takes 1st of re
from WC-Botvinnik-Smyslov trio by kevin86
Game 34
from Botvinnik: Move by Move by Okavango
Game 72
from On My Great Predecessors 2 (Kasparov) by igiene
Botvinnik's Best Games 1947-1970
by nakul1964
5_Nf6 6.d3 e6 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.Qg3 g6 9.O-O Bg7 10.Bf4 Qb6
from 98_B11_Two Knights Attack + Goldman variation 3. by whiteshark
5 Carolina Luves Fredthebear
by fredthebear
carokann dos caballos
from Analizando by petamin
Botvinnik's instructive games
by micartouse
by igiene
Game 34
from Botvinnik: Move by Move by docjan
+5 -7 =11 vs. Botvinnik (World Match, Moscow, 1958)
from Match Smyslov! by amadeus
Power Chess - Botvinnik
by Anatoly21
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by LionHeart40
Game 34
from Botvinnik: Move by Move by smarticecream

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | 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 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC