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Robert James Fischer vs Vasily Smyslov
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. General Variation (B86)  ·  0-1
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Mar-01-05  Whitehat1963: Smyslov's lone victory over a very young Bobby Fischer. Still, it looks to me as though Smyslov simply outmaneuvers Fischer throughout.
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  Gypsy: Tough position to play: Opening theory has White practically lost after the <10.f5? b4!> .
Apr-05-05  Shams: Gypsy, what are white's better 10th moves?
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  Gypsy: Well, 10.a3 is a principled and logical play; it protects the position of the knight on c3. Perhaps 9.f4 is already a bit too optimistic and it may be better to altogether eschew it in favor of the more common 9.Qf3. (All this IMKO; I am not a Sicilian expert!)
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  RookFile: Ok, I found some analysis on this
game by Gligoric. Apparentely, with
17. c3 instead of 17. Qe4, White

17. c3 bxc3 18. bxc3 d5 19. Qd1 d4
20. Rh3 with the idea of 21. Qh5 =.

17. c3 bxc3 18. bxc3 Bf6 19. Qe4 Rc8
20. Rh3 is good for white.

When the black knight came into d4,
apparently that was bad news for

Apr-10-06  zev22407: A demonstration of active defence by Smyslov 32)..Q-f5! black brings his queen to the king's aid with tempo.
Apr-10-06  zev22407: An elegant rook ending by Smyslov.
Jun-14-06  madlydeeply: Smyslov plays ...b4 in the sicilian just like Topalov. Not a bad game for inspiration. Does Topalov play any other Smyslovian moves?
Jan-19-07  oubobcat: what is the refutation for 4.... bb4, 5 bd2, bxn, 6 bxb, nxe4
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  RookFile: That is a dangerous line, it is sometimes played. 4....Bb4 5. e5 Nd5 and white can either play 6. Bd2 or the gonzo 6. Qg4.
Feb-17-07  MyriadChoices: What line was that Rookfile? I didn't understand what moves and all. Sorry :/
Feb-17-07  euripides: Against 4...Bb4+ White probably plays 5.c3. I think <rook> is referring to 5....Bb4.
May-01-09  DrGridlock: <RookFile: Ok, I found some analysis on this game by Gligoric. Apparentely, with 17. c3 instead of 17. Qe4, White equalizes.>

Analysis by Rybka confirms that White has a slightly better option at move 17, but not equality. Rybka finds:

17 Be3 (-.26)
d5; Qe2 Na5; Rh3 g6; Rf1 Nxb3; axb3 Qd6; Kh1 d4; Bh6 Rfc8;

17 c3 (-.28)
d5; Rd3 Qb6+; Kh1 d4; Bd2 Rab8; c4 bxc3; bxc3Rd6; cxb4 Qd8;

17 Qe4 (-.37)
Nd4; Rh3 Bf6; Bd5 Qb6; Kh1 Rab8; c4 bxc3; bxc3 Nb5; Rd3 Qf2;

At move 23, Rybka finds that Fischer had a better chance for improvement:

23 Rb1 (-.16)
Qa5; Bxe1 Nxc3; Bxc3 Rxc3; Rxc3 Qxc3; Bxf7+ Kh8; Bc4 a5; g3 Bd8;

23 Kh1 (-.39)
Qd7; Rd1 Rb8; Rb1 Qd8; c4 Nd4; Rxb8 Qxb8; Ra3 a5; Bc3 Qd8;

At move 24, White compounds his previous move’s inaccuracy:

24 Rd1 (-.39)
(with continuation given above)

24 Bb3 (-.92) (White’s 16th best move)
d5; Qf3 Nd6; Bxd5 Re8; Bb3 e4; Qh5 Qxf5; Qxf5 Nxf5; Re1 e3;

Rather than move 17, it was moves 23 and 24 where the game got away from White.

Aug-06-09  The Rocket: -30 is bacicalylly equality...... it just means white STANDS better.... but there are not winning lines... hence below -1... many theoretical openings have as much as +30 for white after the opening book....
Sep-03-12  Everett: <The Rocket: -30 is bacicalylly equality...... it just means white STANDS better.... but there are not winning lines... hence below -1... many theoretical openings have as much as +30 for white after the opening book....>

That's right, and the books say that "white has pull," or "white has a small advantage." It doesn't say "Black is equal"

Sep-27-12  LovingFischer: 10.f5?! (10.e5)
23.Kh1?! (23.Rd1)
29.Bc2? (29.Qxh6 Rd8 30.Bc2 Bg7 31.Dh7+ Kf8 32.Bxe4 dxe4 33.f6 Bxf6 34.Rh6 complicates the game of Black, since its King is most at risk) 30.f6? (30. Bxe4 dxe4 31.Rg3 f6 32.h4) 36. Rxf6?! (36.Re1)
Nov-20-12  ChessYouGood: One of the first lessons to teach the novice is to not attempt to win when your position is worse.
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  zydeco: It's interesting how many bad games Fischer had this tournament. He loses a pawn for nothing in the opening. In spite of that, Fischer comes up with a surprisingly menacing attack, and Smyslov needs the trick with 32.....Qf5 to defend. If 37.hxg5 hxg5 38.Qh5 Kf8.
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  plang: Smyslov's move order is interesting with quick castling while leaving the queenside pieces undeveloped; nowadays White often plays an early Qf3 (prior to f4) against this setup. White often leaves the king pawn undefended in this variation and it is often dangerous to take it; here most felt that 10 f5?! was not best recommending 10 a3 instead. 24 c4..Nc7 25 Bb4..Nxd5 26 Bxc5..Nf4 would have been good for Black. 24 Bb3!? lifted the d5-blokade; an alternative was 24 Rf1..Rfc8 25 c4..Nc7 26 Bb7..Rb8 27 Be3..Rxc4 28 Qxc4..Rxb7 though Black has two center pawns for the exchange. Smyslov provided the variation 29 Qxh6..Rfc8 30 Bc2..Bg7 31 Qf7+..Kf8 32 Bxe4..dxe 33 f6..Bxf6 and concluded that Black was winning; in fact, Dvoretsky pointed out that after 34 Rh6..Bg7 35 Rg6 it is White that is winning. The stronger response to 29 Qxh6 would have been 29..Rd8! 30 Bc2..Bg7 31 Qh7+..Kf8 32 Bxe4..dxe 33 f6..Bxf6 34 Rh6..Qc6! 35 Qf5..Rd6 36 Rxf6..Rxf6 37 Qxf6..Qxf6 38 Rxf6..Rxc3 39 Kg1..Ra3 with a better endgame for Black. Still, this would have been preferable to the game continuation.

<zydeco: ..... If 37.hxg5 hxg5 38.Qh5 Kf8.>

Smyslov gives the line 37 hxg..Qf4! 38 Qg4..h5! and wins.

It is a very short endgame but, ad usual, Smslov's technique is impeccable.

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  HeMateMe: Smyslov's one career victory against Fischer. Bob is age 16, here.

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