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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
4th Soviet Team Cup (1964), Moscow URS, rd 4, Oct-15
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22)  ·  1-0



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Nov-26-05  Chess Addict: Did you see that pawn formation near the end?
Very strange, though typical of Botvinnik.
Many of his games consist of unusual pawn structures.
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  Honza Cervenka: Pretty mating net in endgame.
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Typical example of the great imagination and fight these two brought to bear on each other. Note how Smyslov's ...e3 sacrifice anticipates the great K vs. K struggles two decades later, and Botvinnik's bizarre King side formation after 17 moves in response. It's also funny how Botvinnik's e-pawn doesn't advance until move 43.
Apr-27-08  outsider: botvinnik found two things amusing in this game:
1. they played "sicilian" : 43. e2-e4 43... c7-c5
2. botvinnik's secret move was 43. e2-e4, and it was evident (he states this in his own annotations). how could a team of analysts fail to see a mate in two was beyond his comprehension
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  whiteshark: Better was <33.Rf7+>

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with <33...Kxh6 34.Bxe3+ Kh5 35.Rh7+ Kg4 36.Nf2+ Kf5 37.Rxc7 > when white is ♙♙ up.

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Jun-04-15  ToTheDeath: This game just proves what every English player refuses to admit- e4 wins!
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  offramp: <ToTheDeath: This game just proves what every English player refuses to admit- e4 wins!>

But black played e4 and lost.

Jun-04-15  1 2 3 4: <offramp> that was very creative.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Botvinnik held the World Championship for parts of three decades, but if you showed me the position after White's 18th and asked me to guess the player's rating, I would guess less than 1600 ELO.
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