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Vasily Smyslov vs Efim Geller
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 1, Nov-11
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Sep-08-05  notyetagm: Smyslov wins a pawn with the wicked 31 ♖xf6!. The point is that 31 ... ♔xf6? <deflects the overworked Black king> from defending the h6-square and keeping the White queen out, resulting in the horrible 7th-rank skewer 32 ♕h6+ ♔e7 33 ♕xh7+ and 34 ♕x♕, winning a queen and two pawns for a rook.
Sep-08-05  RookFile: That's great, but instead of 33. c5,
Smyslov missed the crushing 33. Bh3,
with the idea of Be6+.

33. Bh3 Rxc2+ 34. Kg1 Nd8 (forced)
35. Bf5 threating a variety of mates.

Black can make a few spite checks
with his rook on c2 (since the f6 rook
needs protection), and then he resigns.

Smyslov was such a strong endgame
player, that he saw c5 wins, and just went with it. Somebody like Alekhine would have played Bh3 and blown Geller off the board.

Sep-08-05  Jonathan Kolkey: See a similar tactical trick in Lasker-Pillsbury, New York 1893
Sep-09-05  notyetagm: I am just amazed that after Smyslov played 30 ♖f1, Geller didn't stop and ask himself <"Why did Smyslov just give me the open a-file by playing 30 ♖f1?">. Even very strong players like Geller make simple mistakes like this. I hardly think that a great tactician like Geller would have missed the little combination beginning with 31 ♖xf6! if he had stopped to consider what was the point of Smyslov playing 30 ♖f1.
Sep-09-05  who: <RookFile> nice find.
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  Honza Cervenka: <notyetagm: I am just amazed that after Smyslov played 30 Rf1, Geller didn't stop and ask himself <"Why did Smyslov just give me the open a-file by playing 30 Rf1?">.> Maybe he asked and just made a wrong answer that Smyslov wanted only to avoid the trade of Rooks. 31.Rxf6 was not so transparent threat.
Aug-15-07  euripides: In one of their two candidates' matches, Spassky took three games off Geller in the closed Sicilian, partly because Geller underrated the king's side attack: see Spassky vs Geller, 1968 for what was said to be the best of them. Perhaps he (or his then trainer Bondarevsky) got the idea from this game
Sep-06-07  drukenknight: the problem is even earlier than move 30, look at move 28. What is the most obvious move on the board? Blitz players would see this in like one second..
Dec-15-09  notyetagm: 31 ?

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31 ♖f1xf6! <overloaded: f6,h6>

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Game Collection: King deflection: -two- loose squares near king 31 Rf1xf6! Black g7-king protect h6-square from White d2-queen

Jul-09-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: KING DEFLECTION: *TWO* LOOSE SQUARES NEAR KING
Jul-17-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: QUEEN ARRIVAL: *TWO* LOOSE SQUARES NEAR KING
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