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Vasily Smyslov vs Andre Lilienthal
Moscow-ch (1938), Moscow URS, Oct-??
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0


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Sep-17-05  paladin at large: Black plays 23. ....Qa3 with mayhem in his eye for white's queenside. Smyslov calmly proceeds to do a lot of damage before Black can play 30......Qxa2. Elegant play by the seventeen year old.

Mar-20-08  suenteus po 147: Patzer question: Why does Lilienthal move 17...Kf8 in response to Smyslov's 17.Qf4? I don't see the threat or why it's wrong to castle in the current position....
Mar-20-08  MichAdams: And both still alive 70 years later. At their ages, one of the last pleasures in life must be reading the obituaries section in the morning paper and seeing a few more off.
Mar-20-08  Resignation Trap: <suenteus po 147> That's not such a patzer question!

After 17...Kf8, Smyslov in "My Best Games of Chess 1935-1957" writes: <In this way Black manages an artificial castling, which in this position, however, amounts to a serious loss of time. True, after 17...0-0 White could prepare a pawn storm h3 ang g4, so retaining the initiative.>

Mar-24-08  suenteus po 147: <Resignation Trap> Thanks for that. However, I'm still unsure as to how "artificial castling" prevents the pawn storm that Smyslov suggests...
Mar-24-08  nescio: <suenteus po 147: I'm still unsure as to how "artificial castling" prevents the pawn storm that Smyslov suggests...>

It doesn't, but would you like to play h3 and g4 with a black rook on h8?

Mar-24-08  suenteus po 147: <nescio> I see what you mean. Thanks!
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This was a significant win in the career of <Vasily Smyslov>.

The event was the <18th Moscow Championship> and Smyslov was the youngest player in the tournament, holding only the title of "Candidate Master."

<Lilienthal> was the only Grandmaster in the field.

Not only did <Smyslov> beat him in this game, he also finished ahead of him in the tournament, sharing 1st with <Belavenets> and thus earning the coveted title "Soviet Master of Sport."

Tournament crosstable:

-P.A. Romanovsky, "Vassily Vassilievitch Smyslov."

Published in Vasily Smyslov, "My Best Games of Chess (1935-1957)" P.H. Clarke ed., transl. (Routledge and Kegan Paul 1958), pp. xi-xxvii (First published as "Izbrannie partii" in Russian in 1952)

Jun-27-14  zydeco: Smyslov points out that 34.Qa7 is a mistake. Black gets his pawn back with 34.....Rxb3 35.Qxa5 Qxd4. Smyslov planned 35.e6 but missed that the rook and queen are now connected and black can play 34.....Rb7. Lillenthal also missed the trick. White should have played 34.Qd8.
May-09-15  A.T PhoneHome: Pretty chess by Smyslov! His endgame skill is smashing.
May-09-15  Howard: Bear in mind that Smyslov was only 17 when this game took place. Take a look at his famed endgame skill as he got older !
May-09-15  A.T PhoneHome: Smyslov-Botvinnik matches are a real treat. I'm glad he got a few shots at Botvinnik!
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