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Paul Keres vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 17, Apr-23
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian Variation (D96)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Honza Cervenka: Although white was a piece up, it is not easy to find any winning continuation for him as there are only a few pawns on the board and black king an rook are very active. Maybe white should have tried 66.Rb7 Ke5 67.Ra7 with idea to play b4. For example 67...Kd5 68.b4 Kc4 (68...h5 69.Nd3) 69.Rxe7 axb4 70.Rc7 looks like a right way to the victory.
Jun-05-03  Corben: Its astounishing the way Smyslov played in the edge of the weaknesses, always getting out of a seemingly bad position by the hand of his mastery use of the pieces; the young Smyslov even loses a bishop, but he proves how deep in resources a simple position can be and he is not lost at all. The question that arise after seeing such a talented young player in 1945 is: What could happen if he were able to dominate the smallest points of his style and reach perfection? The answer is the Championship he won against Botvinnik, that machine of logic and determination.
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