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Vasily Smyslov vs Paul Keres
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 9, Sep-13
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Alekhine System Main Line (D29)  ·  1-0


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Mar-10-03  Rookpawn: In his book on the Zurich tournament, Bronstein says 22...Qa3 leads to an advantage for White after: 23. Bc6 Bxc6 24. dxc6 Qxc3 25. Qxc3 Bxc3 26. Rac1 followed by 27. Rxc4.
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  Fusilli: Can black try to defend the e pawn with 17. Bf6 rather than giving it up with 17...a5?
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  plang: At the 1950 Candidates Tournament in Budapest Keres had played 11..cxd and the game had been a relatively uneventful draw; 11..b4?! is sharper. 14..cxb 15 Bxb2..Bxb2 16 dxe!..Bxa1 17 exd7+..Kf8 18 Qc4..Qf6 19 d8(Q)+ would have led to mate. 16..a5 seems a better defense in order to answer 17 Nc4 with 17..Ba6. Keres pawn sacrifice did little to slow Smyslov's initiative.
Jan-01-10  zanshin: <Fusilli: Can black try to defend the e pawn with 17. Bf6 rather than giving it up with 17...a5?>

A somewhat belated response, after <17...Bf6>:

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[+1.45] d=17 18.Rb1 a5 19.Ba4 Ra7 20.Ba3 Ba6 21.Qe4 (0:13.06) 38456kN (Rybka 3)

May-02-10  King.Arthur.Brazil: The openning ends with 15...0-0, when WH has c4 or e4 for his N, and can explore the e5 and c5 weakness, as d6 hole. The BL counter-attack with a5 is late, which gives WH dangerous initiative. BL cannot play f6 (lose his KB with d6!) nor f5 for same reason, followed by a Nmove+. Nor Qc7. Qb8, Tb1 and BL is ill. That's the begin of BL tragedy.
May-02-10  King.Arthur.Brazil: The Ne5 win the P, but gives BL counter-attack. is to study 18...Bf6 instead of Nxe5 directly (Nxd7 Qxd7 Bf4 Tfe8 Qd2 Ba6 ...).Nxe5 Qxe5 recovers 1 time (Not Te8? d6!) Bf6 Qg3. So 20...c4!? (a5? Bc4!) If WH answered Bxc4? Tc8 Bb3 Txc3! KERES game!21.Ba4 (if Te8 before the answer will be the same Ba4).
May-02-10  King.Arthur.Brazil: 23.d6! The Smyslov's plan had an extra time by Ba4 (Keres change Te8-Qd7 to Qe7-Td8 loosing 1 precious time, now his Q must move). After 25...h5: WH( ) has a protected d7 P with a extra P, the column 'e' for R, latelly 'b' if wanted. His B dominates BL center space, and c3 is as weak as c4.
May-02-10  King.Arthur.Brazil: 27...Ra6!(deep move! for his defence combination acrifice on d7)After 28..Rxd7,WH has quality and BL defeated Bxf6, by Txf6! After 32.Qb8 the game is over. Smyslov destroyed the Keres' beloved 2B, take the 8th rank, BL K exposed. A wonderful game of Smyslov.
May-02-10  King.Arthur.Brazil: Seems Keres had not accept well his defeat, could resign after Qd8, so his unexplainable Bf3?? is simply followed by Rxf3. After all, Qg5+ mate or change the Q, with end game with extra R. Simple this way.
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  Richard Taylor: This game is analyzed in 'Lessons in Chess Strategy' by Valeri Beim. It is an example of how to use the central passed d pawn.

I think Keres, given the importance of the tournament, was probably feeling pissed off losing this game. A feeling many chess players share! It is strange how we, or some of us, dislike losing games a little...

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  Richard Taylor: There are a few 'theoretical errors'.

White now plays 7. a4 (playing over this game in Beim's book I wondered if this was correct and it is thematic with the slight disadvantage of b4 left uncontrolled). Here the machine prefers 7. dxc5 which is also more often played these days. (But it doesn't look very inspiring to me but I am no expert on this opening [or any opening now I come to think of it, I just look them up on the data base!]).

8. Bd3 is better than 8. Bd3 according to my engine.

11....b4 is not the best but from here doesn't give many wins for Black. But 11. ... c4 is better and should be o.k.

12. d5 is slightly stronger and has been played (winning) more recently. But 12 e5 is good. Smyslov then uses his passed central pawn. He plays carefully and well to get the point.

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  Richard Taylor: For the record, at 20 moves or 40ply I think that is, Komodo prefers Smyslov's 12. e5 over 12 d5.

But both are interesting.

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