|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.|
|Aug-15-07|| ||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|