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Vasily Smyslov vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 5, Oct-23
Old Indian Defense: Two Knights Variation (A54)  ·  1-0
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Dec-16-02  ughaibu: Smyslov manages R+B against R.
Feb-15-04  drukenknight: Bronstein plays ukranian indian. R/B mating threat in the end is similar to that Tal game. It looks like he should have held the draw. I guess he should have brought the R back to h7? He messed up with the R also on move 48 or so when he dropped the B.
Jul-21-05  Resignation Trap: While preparing for his match against Bronstein, Botvinnik kept a red notebook of all the recent games of this adversary.

This was Botvinnik's entry for this game: "In an Old Indian 'Br' played 4...e4. With the help of his opponent he gained a decent position, <but he opened up the game> (after f2-f4 -ef!) and the latter took control. All the game operated with two-move tricks, but Vasya calculated accurately and reached an almost winning endgame. Even so 'Br' defended tenaciously. On the resumption he grew tired and Smyslov won the endgame R & B against R!

Dec-21-05  sucaba: 87. _ ♖h5 is a #17. Moving the ♖ to h2, h3, h7, h8, g6, or f6 would have kept the draw. (Nalimov tablebase)
Jul-04-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: In the final position:


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Checkmate will come on the next move unless Black either plays a capture (93. Rxd4) or offers one (93. Re7). This is significant because the last pawn move or capture in the game was 55. Rxb6, so Smyslov would have had 11 moves to spare by giving mate on the 94th move.

For an extraordinary recent (August 2009) example of a player being saved by the 50-move rule, see: Ivanchuk vs Kamsky, 2009.

Jul-16-18  Inocencio: Smyslov is an end game tactician, wow!
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