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Vasily Smyslov vs Paul Keres
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 12, Apr-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Arrangement of black pieces was sometimes pictorial in this game. Smyslov's play acts naturally, fluently and elegantly.
Feb-21-07  twin phoenix: i don't understand 34. K-h2. why does smyslov do that? why doesn't keres just take the pawn on f2? am totally confused.
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  keypusher: <twin phoenix> 34...Qxf2 35. Rxg6+ wins Black's queen. Smyslov played Kh2 so he could break down Keres' defenses with f4.
Feb-21-07  twin phoenix: key pusher i shoulda looked a little longer. tks for pointing that out!
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  Pawn and Two: At move 33, Keres had an opportunity to obtain satisfactory play and an approximately equal position with 33...Ng7!.

Botvinnik states the following: <In the special issue of '64' (No. 7) Alatortsev correctly notes that after 33...Ng7 with the threat f5 (34.Rf3, Nh5) Black would have obtained satisfactory play.>

Fritz 9 agrees that 33...Ng7 is Black's best move. Fritz gives an evaluation of (.28) (18 ply) and suggests 34.Rc1 Rdc8 as the best continuation.

After 33...Ng7 34.Rc1 Rdc8, here are a few of Fritz's evaluations and suggested continuations:

(.00) (19 ply) 35.Rxc8+ Rxc8 36.Re3 f5 37.Bb1 Rc4. Or 37.Kh2 fxe4 38.Bxe4 Nf5.

(.00) (.19 ply) 35.Qh6 f5 36.Rf3 fxe4 37.Bxe4 Rc4.

(-.01) (19 ply) 35.Re3 Rxc1+ 36.Nxc1 Qd8 37.Rf3 f5.

(-.02) (19 ply) 35.Rc2 Rxc2 36.Bxc2 Rc8 37.Bd3 Qd8.

There are many other variations and I am sure improvements can be found for both Black and White. However, I believe Botvinnik's and Alatortsev's opinion that Black can obtain satisfactory play after 33...Ng7 is correct.

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  fjordonkson: Move 41, Why does Keres give up his queen here? Couldn't Qg3 forcing Kg3 then Rc3 pinning the bishop?
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  thegoodanarchist: <fjordonkson: Move 41, Why does Keres give up his queen here? Couldn't Qg3 forcing Kg3 then Rc3 pinning the bishop?>

The game continuation was an even exchange, Q+P for R+R. Your line loses because the pin is easily broken:

41...Qxg3+?? 42.Kxg3 Rc3 43.Re3

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  thegoodanarchist: And White doesn't even have to play 43.Re3 since the Bishop is protected by the queen. He could also play 43.Kh2
May-29-16  RookFile: Just playing over this - I know that Keres lost the game, but this was a good effort in a losing cause. Keres offered ingenious resistance.
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