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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Smyslov - Botvinnik World Championship Rematch (1958), Moscow URS, rd 19, Apr-22
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Botvinnik was not outplayed in this way much often. Great performance by Smyslov. Every his move in this game looks so simple and natural but the impact of this simply looking play is deadly. In final position after 35...Kd6 white gives mate in 3: 36.Rxf6+ Nxf6 37.Bf4+ Kd5 38.Qb3#.
Jan-08-12  King.Arthur.Brazil: This game seems clearly as Smyslov saying: "I lose my crawn, but you'll get this unforgetable defeat to everyone see the new champion down on the ground". Specially, after 'd seen this game, one must ask himself: was Smyslov forced by the "politburo" of the URSS chess to gave up the crawn back to Botvinnik? I believe!
Jan-09-12  ughaibu: Smyslov wins and it's grounds for a conspiracy claim that he was forced to lose. Is someone trying to set a new record for the height of idiocy postable?
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<Botvinnik> on the aftermath of this game:

-<After winning the 19th game Smyslov fell ill and (with the doctor's permission) he twice took a time-out. He felt so unwell that <<<he requested that the arbiter should allow him a fourth time-out>>> (I learned of this only after the match). Stahlberg consulted with the President [of FIDE] by telephone, but Rogard refused to sanction a violation of the FIDE rules, and after a six-day break the battle was renewed.>

-Mikhail Botvinnik "Botvinnik's Complete Games (1942-1956) and Selected Writings (Part 2)." Ken Neat, transl., ed., (Olomouc 2012), p.35

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  zydeco: Some redemption for the Caro-Kann Two Knights after Smyslov had trouble with it early in the match.

Botvinnink overreacts to 8.g4!? with the cumbersome plan of spending four tempi moving the knight from f6 to g6, which turns out not to be a particularly good square. 8....h6 seems perfectly safe.

11...Bh4 only helps to put black's bishop offsides. 11....Nbd7 followed by ...Qb8, Qc7, and 0-0-0 looks good. 15...Be7 would rectify the mistake.

Oct-08-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: <ughaibu> Think with me: who see the previous games, where Smyslov played so bad, even a student sometimes could play better. You will see a game where he has 2P ahead and loses, other he has a possibility of a passed pawn alone, where he drawn almost losing. This after a series of defeats where if I show you the game, you would not beleive that there was Smyslov playing, no matter what I say. Then, after 6 days and many defeats, he suddenly become the Smyslov one that everybody nows. So I need to ask you, call me idiot, but how can he suddenly turned to be so strong and devastating like in this game. What energy jumped on him this way. Then, my believe is that, eventhough Botwinnik was the most strong player that time, Smyslov could defeat him, but was forced not to do it. The three first games showed an appatic player unprepared for an world crown which he figth so much to get before. This can't be explained and contrasts with some games, where you see Botwinnik with many chances to win and simply overlook. The age and tiredness counts so much, which reforts the strange Smyslov recovery in this game and other one. He played many bad games, then reborned with this one. When the miracle is so great, don't beleive in the saint. Today, we all know that USSR government that time would decided and manipulated everything as they wanted, then ... imagine the remainder.
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