2013 Championship

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Smyslov Dead At 89

Vasily Smyslov passed away yesterday, March 27th, three days after his 89th birthday.

Smyslov was the 7th World Champion (1957-1958) and is sometimes overlooked as that was the period when Botvinnik vertually controlled world chess.

Smyslov played three matches with Botvinnik for the World Championship drawing the first, winning the second and losing the third. While this is impressive in it's self; in my opinion the greater accomplishment was that during these three matches Smyslov out scored Botvinnik 18 - 17 with 34 games drawn.

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