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 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 12
Botvinnik 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 9
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.

  • Match Breakdown
     #    White - Black        Locale  Date        ECO  Result
     1    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  03-05-1957  A36  0-1
     2    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-07-1957  B66  -
     3    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  03-09-1957  E66  -
     4    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-12-1957  B66  0-1
     5    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  03-16-1957  E62  1-0
     6    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-19-1957  D98  1-0
     7    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  03-21-1957  E45  -
     8    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-23-1957  B66  1-0
     9    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  03-26-1957  E62  -
    10    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-28-1957  C98  -
    11    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  03-30-1957  D79  -
    12    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-02-1957  A42  1-0
    13    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  04-04-1957  E45  1-0
    14    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-06-1957  C18  -
    15    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  04-09-1957  E45  -
    16    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-11-1957  C98  -
    17    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  04-13-1957  D73  0-1
    18    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-18-1957  C15  -
    19    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  04-20-1957  A36  -
    20    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-23-1957  C18  1-0
    21    Botvinnik - Smyslov  Moscow  04-25-1957  D79  -
    22    Smyslov - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-27-1957  C11  -
    


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