Smyslov’s Immortal


MIKHAIL BOTVINNIK vs VASILY SMYSLOV – World Chess Championship, round 14, 1954

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Today we show you one of the best game played by a (often) forgotten world champion: Vasily Smyslov.

We present you the game between Botvinnik and Smyslov played at the World Chess Championship in 1954.

The opening, as the previous game covered, is the King’s Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation.

In this game, Smyslov gives Botvinnik a lesson on how to mobilize the pieces and activate the bishop pair by sacrificing the queen on move 23.

It’s considered Smyslov’s Immortal game, despite the match ended 12-12 and Botvinnk was able to keep the title.

You can find the game below:

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