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1958 World Championship Match

1958 World Chess Championship
Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR) vs. Vassily Smyslov (USSR)
Moscow, USSR
March 4 - May 9, 1958

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



USSR, 1958 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Score
Botvinnik 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 12½
Smyslov 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 10½
Result:  Mikhail Botvinnik becomes World Champion for the 2nd time.

In Game 15 of this match, Botvinnik had a very favorable position after 55 moves, and had only to make two moves in three minutes in order to adjourn and work out the possibilities. However, he stared at the board and became so absorbed in trying to figure out the win of a piece and which pawn to push that he was quite surprised when referee Gideon Stahlberg informed him that he had forfeited in time. The decisive game of the 1977 Spassky-Hort Candidates Match ended in almost exactly the same way, and that was a Game 15 also.

See the Games of the Match!