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Andreas Dueckstein vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Munich Olympiad qual-1 (1958), Munich FRG, rd 2, Oct-02
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Early deviations (B62)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Ducky's finest hour.
Feb-13-06  Resignation Trap: This game was Botvinnik's only loss in the Olympiad. In fact, of the 76 games played by members of the Soviet team (Mikhail Botvinnik , Vasily Smyslov , Paul Keres , David Bronstein , Mikhail Tal and Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian ) this was the only loss.
Feb-13-06  Jim Bartle: Let's take a look at that Soviet Olympic team: four world champions (current, former, or future), one who drew a WC match, and one player often considered the greatest player never to be WC.

I mean, when your "weak links" are Bronstein and Keres...

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  OlimpBase: here's team's profile in 1958 Their gap over runners-up was clear 5.5 point!
Feb-13-06  Jim Bartle: Thanks. Could the USSR have also fielded a B team or a C team more highly ranked than any other country?
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  OlimpBase: Not by that time. Still, they made up part of a lost ground in 1994 fielding a record number of four Russian teams in a competition!
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  Benzol: If I remember rightly the Soviet performance at Nice in 1974 was good too. In fact I don't think they lost a single game.
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  Calli: After this loss, Botvinnik skipped the next two rounds. He finally returned with a special lamp installed at his board. Apparently when he said he could not see what Dueckstein was doing, he meant literally!
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  Calli: Reshevsky wrote that other players made jokes about it:

"Then he played against France. A big lamp was placed at his table at his request. Other players comment at this: 'Is he going to see better now?' One says: 'What excuse will Botvinnik have if he should lose now?' The reply: 'Bad lamp.' " - Sports Illus., November 1958

Actually, the lamp looks huge:

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  offramp: <Calli: After this loss, Botvinnik skipped the next two rounds.>

Botvinnik was always the joker. Fit, though!

Aug-02-17  PhilFeeley: Too bad we can't call this the "Dueck Dynasty"
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "San Andreas' Fault." My oh my. On one day, for one game, Deuckstein becomes the greatest player in the world. Never could say the same myself.
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  carpovius: Impressive Soviet team and its results! Fantastic Tal's performance 13.5/15!

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