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1957 World Championship Match

1957 World Chess Championship
Vassily Smyslov (USSR) vs. Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR)
Moscow, USSR
March 5 - April 27, 1957

Conditions:  Best of 24 Games.  In the event of 
a 12-12 tie, Botvinnik retains the title.



USSR, 1957 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Score
Smyslov 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 12½
Botvinnik 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½
Result:  Vassily Smyslov becomes the 7th World Champion.

See the Games of the Match!

  • The chief arbiter for this match was Swedish GM, Gideon Stahlberg.

  • In this match, and again in 1958, Botvinnik played without the use of a second. During the 1954 match, Botvinnik felt that Smyslov was too ready for prepared variations that he (Botvinnik) had never played before. Believing that his second was leaking information, and unwilling to trust anyone else, Botvinnik played the next two matches alone.