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Vasily Smyslov vs David Bronstein
Teesside (1975), Middlesbrough ENG, rd 6, Sep-07
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  0-1


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Feb-09-04  Whitehat1963: Why resign here?
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  tamar: The ♘ is lost down the road, and this would be easy for Smyslov to see, as every move is forced. 20. ♗f3 e5 21. ♗g3 e4 22 ♗g4 f5 23 ♗h3 ♘e2+ 24. ♔h1 ♘xg3+ 25 hg ♗c3 (or 20 ♗g4 f5 21 ♗h3 e5 22 ♗g3 ♘e2+ 23 ♔h1 f4 winning the ♗). Smyslov probably became very concerned when he saw Bronsteins 15. ♘a2, but could not avoid trading rooks because ...♗c2 was also threatened.
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  knightfly: <tamar>Thanks for clearing that up. I live on Teesside and saw several rounds of this tournament including this game. I remembered staring at the demomonstration board trying to figure out just why Smyslov had resigned. I could see he was losing a piece but couldn't work it all out exactly in my head. This must surely be Smyslov's shortest ever defeat.
May-09-06  Resignation Trap: <knightfly> <<This must surely be Smyslov's shortest defeat ever.>>

No, this one's shorter still:
Smyslov vs Gligoric, 1959 .

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  Gypsy: Not quite sure how Mr. Harmony-of-Pieces ended up like that. Bronstein was up to some sorcery again for sure -- the plan built around 15.Na2! is impressive. Smyslov on the other hand just traded down into a difficult position, kind of like many people did against Capablanca; or against ... Smyslov for that matter.
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  knightfly: Thanks <resignation trap>. That's an even more drastic defeat. Even I can see why he resigned.
May-13-06  pawn to QB4: ...and here goes the great man even more quickly: Smyslov vs Hjartarson, 1995. Still, I've gone down in single figures and I'd like to see him match that! I recall "Chess" magazine describing the sorry scene: "Smyslov crestfallen, Bronstein distinctly apologetic".
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  keypusher: <Resignation Trap> Just looked up Smyslov-Gligoric. Unbelievable! Are you going to do the 1959 Candidates the way you did the 1956 tourney?
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  keypusher: <Resignation Trap> Just looked up Smyslov-Gligoric. Unbelievable! Are you going to do the 1959 Candidates the way you did the 1956 tourney?

<All> I lost a game like this once...I don't remember the exact position but I do remember staring in horror at my bishop at d1, my pawn at b3 and my opponent's knight at c3. Hard to believe it could happen to Smyslov.

May-18-08  talisman: evened up the lifetime score between these 2 old rivals.
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  profK: Wow exchange off the major pieces and wham you ar lost. Must have come as a big shock for Smyslov..19 moves !!!
Oct-22-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I think Smyslov started to go wrong with his exchanges on moves 9 and 10.

He released the tension in the centre, opened the d-file, opened a diagonal for Black's king's bishop, and as he didn't play a3, the black queen's knight was able to join in.

The amazing thing is that he had been world champion 17 years before.

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