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Andre Lilienthal vs Vasily Smyslov
Moscow Championship (1946), Moscow URS
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Smyslov Variation (D98)  ·  1-0
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Aug-17-07  Maynard5: This is a bitterly-fought game with attacks and counterattacks on both wings. In the end, White's kingside attack does not prove decisive; instead, the critical factor appears to be the weakness of Black's advanced queeenside pawns.
Sep-01-07  wolfmaster: Lilienthal beats up the future champ! Wow!
Apr-01-09  rokirovka: In the final position, can't Smyslov still stop the e-pawn with 60...Bb2 61.e6 Bf6 ? If White then plays 62.Ne4+, Black has 62...Kf5 63.Nxf6 Kxe6! Take the pawn, not the knight! Then, whether or not White plays 64.Nxh7 Kf5 or retreats the knight, I don't see how he can save his last pawn with his king out of play.

Rather, I think White should play 60.h4+, not 60.Kc6. If 60...Kxh4 then 61.e6 wins instantly. If 60...Kg6 then 61.h5+ and again if 61...Kxh5 62.e6 Kg6 63.e7 wins. Now, after 61...Kg5 or 61...Kg7, the 62.Kc6 plan should work: 61...Kg7 62.Kc6 Bb2 63.e6 Bf6 64.Ne8+ wins, and after 61...Kg5 62.Kc6 Bb2 63.e6 Bf6 64.Ne4+ Kf5 65.Nxf6 Kxe6, the advanced pawn on h5 instead of h2 makes this position winning for White. 66.Nxh7 Kf5 67.Kd5 Kg4 68.Nf6+ Kg5 69.Ke5 or 68...Kf5 69.Ne4 win, as does 66...Kf7 67.Ng5+ followed by either 68.Ne4 and 69.Ng3 or 68.Nh3 and 69.Nf4, protecting the pawn from behind.

In sum:
60.Kc6 Bb2 61.e6 Bf6 62.Ne4+ Kf5 63.Nxf6 Kxe6 64.Nxh7 Kf5 draws.

60.h4+ Kg6 61.h5+ Kg5 62.Kc6 Bb2 63.e6 Bf6 64.Ne4+ Kf5 65.Nxf6 Kxe6 66.Nxh7 Kf5 67.Kd5 Kg4 68.Nf6+ Kg5 69.Ke5 wins.

Sep-20-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: 11...c5 was an improvement of Smyslov variant on Grunfeld. But for second time he knocked against adversary in same line.I don't like e6 cause the structure became ill. e5 Nh5 (forced) Bxh5 gxh5. The 20...b4 seems strong, but the reality came on Qxa5: black pieces are out of play, white has 2 columns, and Nd6 and a Qh5 to make strong attack. But white begin to exchamge pieces and the advantage was no such that after 43.Bh6 seems draw. White have to play much to win this ending.
Sep-10-10
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  plang: Against Kotov in the 1945 Soviet Championship Smyslov had played the stronger 10..Ne5 and got a playable game though Kotov went on to win. After 10..Na5 Lilienthal got a very good game. Lilienthal recommended 42..Rc6 43 Nd3 as a tougher defense though he thought White would still prevail by infiltrating with his King. Benko gave the winning variation against 58..Bxe5: 59 Kxe5..Kg4 60 Nd2! (Lilienthal gave 60 Nf2 but this only draws as the Black King gets back in time)..Kh3 61 Nf1..Kg2 62 h4 and wins.

<rokirovka: In the final position, can't Smyslov still stop the e-pawn with 60...Bb2 61.e6 Bf6 ? If White then plays 62.Ne4+, Black has 62...Kf5 63.Nxf6 Kxe6! Then, whether or not White plays 64.Nxh7 Kf5 or retreats the knight, I don't see how he can save his last pawn with his king out of play.>

Pretty sure White still wins here:

64 Nh5..Kf5 65 Kd7..Kg4 66 Ng3..Kf3
67 Ke7..Kg2 68 Nf1..Kxf1 69 h4..Kg2 70 Kf7..Kg3 71 h5..Kg4 72 h6..Kg5 73 Kg7 and wins. Did not use a computer so I am not totally sure but it looks good.

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