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Vasily Smyslov vs Samuel Reshevsky
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), Hague NLD/Moscow RUS, rd 21, May-06
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-17-08  Knight13: Why did these two do a bunch of tactical pawn trades!?
Jan-16-09  Nietzowitsch: Why not!?
Nov-24-11  Zugzwangovich: The last half of this game is very reminiscent of Fischer-Spassky #16 at Reykjavik, where many analysts chided the players for playing 26 superfluous moves after reaching a book-draw rook-and-pawn ending on move 34. But in that one the kingside pawn count was 2-1 on the g- and h-files while here it is 3-2 on the f-h files so maybe this one is not a book draw.
Jul-19-13
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  zydeco: It seems like white should be better around move 15. Maybe 16.h3 is an improvement.
Nov-25-19  Sally Simpson: This draw meant all Botvinnik needed to be world champion was a draw from the last four games (he got it in the next 14 move game. Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948 )

This is probably the reason Reshevsky played on and on. 73.f4 was a sealed move but agreed drawn before resumption.

Nov-25-19  Granny O Doul: "Book draw" does not denote "easy draw". Which is not to say that this wasn't.
Nov-25-19
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  beatgiant: <Zugzwangovich> <here it is 3-2 on the f-h files> In only slightly different conditions, Capablanca had a couple of famous wins Duras vs Capablanca, 1913 and Capablanca vs Yates, 1930 so there is some basis for playing on.

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