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Paul Keres vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1947), Leningrad URS, rd 10, Feb-18
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Black played the opening disastrously and when Keres opened the position he was unable to avoid heavy material loses.
Jun-05-03  drukenknight: it looks like around the 22nd move Smyslov got messed up with which N to move. he may be cooked already but at the end does 25...Rxe4 help, Honza?
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  Honza Cervenka: <drukenknight> I don't think so. After 25...Rxe4 26.Rxd7 black is a rook down and white threatens with 27.Qd5+ Kh8 28.Rc1.
Jun-06-03  drukenknight: continues: 26...Rg4+ 27 Kh1 Qa8
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  Honza Cervenka: 28.Qd5+ Kh8 (the only move) 29.Bb2
Jun-06-03  drukenknight: correction 26...Qe8 I think the f pawn will mess it up if the Q operates on the long diagonal.
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  Honza Cervenka: 26...Qe8 27.Qd5+
Jun-06-03  drukenknight: that doesnt work. Back to 26...Rg4+ I guess then what do you think?
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  Honza Cervenka: 26...Rg4+ 27 Kh1 Qe8 28.Qd5+
Oct-11-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: If 9...0-0, did Smyslov feel that black is bad? He decided to went on e5, and take the centre, but f6 was very weak, and b6 worst. From that point up Black position becomes poor. d4 exposed the Bg2 power into Ra8, slaved the Ns and pin the Bd7. Smyslov couldn't played worst. Keres demolished his defeat, and win a lot of material easily.
May-22-11  drnooo: This was a Smyslov disaster after the first twelve or fifteen moves, it looked like Keres was playing an amateur . Also doesnt d 5 work as well as taking the c pawn, point being that almost ANYTHING after a certain point bowls black over. An amazing slaughter, but then again Keres was a master of attack.
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  offramp: In those days Keres seemed to knock Smyslov over quite easily. In this opening Keres puts both knights on both rims...

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...and although Smyslov's position looks reasonable, the game is over just 15 moves later.

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