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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

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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.

Nov-28-13  Zhbugnoimt: it is already 2013. <drunkennight> forgot to comment.
Nov-28-13
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.
Jun-10-15  offramp: It's like My Dinner With AndrĂ©.
Jun-10-15
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  perfidious: <dbquintillion: <drunkenknight> will show his continuation was solid in late fall '08....>

Or not....

Jan-26-19
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  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.

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