World Chess Championship 1958

The 1958 World Chess Championship was played between Mikhail Botvinnik and Vasily Smyslov in Moscow from March 4 to May 9, 1958. Botvinnik won. Smyslov had unseated Botvinnik in the 1957 match, so he was entitled to this rematch a year later.

Defending champion Challenger
Vassily Smyslov
Mikhail Botvinnik
Soviet Union Vassily Smyslov Soviet Union Mikhail Botvinnik
10½ 12½
Born 24 March 1921
36/37 years old
Born 17 August 1911
46 years old
Winner of the 1957 World Chess Championship Former world champion
1957 1960

ResultsEdit

The match was played as best of 24 games. If it ended 12-12, Smyslov, the holder, would retain the Championship.

World Chess Championship Match 1958
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Points
  Mikhail Botvinnik (Soviet Union) 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 12½
  Vasily Smyslov (Soviet Union) 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 10½

Botvinnik regained his title.

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