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Vladas Mikenas vs Vasily Smyslov
Kuybyshev (1942), Kuybyshev URS, rd 2, Jul-??
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  1-0


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Sep-23-05  Resignation Trap: Black lost this game on time.
Sep-23-05  aw1988: Of course, lost anyway.
Sep-23-05  suenteus po 147: <Resignation Trap> If I'm being too much of a scholar, please tell me so, but I must ask: What's your source for that information?
Sep-24-05  Resignation Trap: <suenteus po 147> My source of this little bit of information is from the book "Vladas Mikenas", published by 'Fizkultura i Sport' in 1987. It contains 69 of his best games.
Sep-24-05  suenteus po 147: <Resignation Trap> Thanks! I'm always after sources, both literary as well as chess :)
Sep-24-05  Resignation Trap: <suenteus po 147> Of the 69 games in that book, 43 are already on this database. For those games, go here: Game Collection: Vladas Mikenas - Lithuanian Legend .
Sep-24-05  suenteus po 147: <Resignation Trap> That's very interesting. Do you plan on submitting the PGNs for the missing 26 games? Also, do you plan on annotating the games as you have the Bronstein games leading up to the '51 World Championship match? They have made excellent reading for me :)
Sep-25-05  hangingenprise: <Resignation Trap> Smyslov is my favorite player, who I consider the most dominate player of the 50's. Yes, I know there was King Botvinik sitting above the fry... Anyway, do you know what the time limit and what tournament this was? Since this was war time I am sure it was played under great difficulty and how old was Symslov at this time? Tks. your post are always informative!
Sep-25-05  Resignation Trap: <suenteus po 147> Uploading the remaining games by Mikenas is a plan of mine, but I still have hundreds of other games as well to upload in order to complete my other games collections.

As for annotating Bronstein's games, that's not a bad idea, but it sounds very time-consuming. Definitely a long-term project!

Sep-25-05  suenteus po 147: <Resgination Trap> I don't mean to make it sound like an expectation on my part! Just letting you know that at least one kibitzer here really appreciates all the submissions and annotated posting you make :)
Sep-25-05  chessnewby: is there not an easy way to create pgn by inputing chess notation?
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  offramp: .pgns are most easily made using a chess program. Fritz makes them automatically.
Sep-25-05  Resignation Trap: I hope that the things I submit to will last for a while and should be accessible to anybody who wants to "find out more" about the players I write about.

If one goes to and enters "Alatortsev" or "Kholmov", for example, my collections from will be the first things to appear.

Sep-25-05  Petrocephalon: I've looked at the FAQ, but I'd still like to clarify: if I don't have any chess software, and my source is a book, I can upload by just typing in the moves in algebraic (ASCII characters). Is that correct? If so, I may submit some games from Renfield's book of Tarrasch's Best Games.
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  Benzol: <Petrocephalon> <Is that correct> Yes, I don't use any chess software to upload the games I submit. They are all done by hand.
Sep-25-05  who: I don't understand 29...hxg5. Why double and isolate pawns instead of playing the simple Nxg5?
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  Eric Schiller: <who> Perhaps he felt compelled to keep control of f4!?
Sep-25-05  who: I guess. But accepting those pawns is as good as resignation.
Sep-26-05  Resignation Trap: According to Mikenas, Smyslov took 50 minutes on his 19th move (...f5), and after his 22nd move (..a6), left himself with only two minutes to make the time control at move 40.

29...Nxg5 was quickly rejected by Smyslov due to 30. h4 and 31.h5, which looks really bad for Black. Nevertheless, 29...Nxg5 was correct: 30. h4 Ne4! 31.Qe3 Nf6 32.f3 Bd7! Or if 30. h4 Ne4 31.Bxe4 Bxe4 32.h5 Qg4! Finally, if 30. g4 Bxg4 31. hxg4 Qxg4, White's King is exposed, and subject to attack.

Jul-21-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: Well time went down, but also SMYSLOV position is not good: white has b column, passed pown c6, and controls d5 and f5.Black d6 is under fire, Bxh7+ Kxh7, 34. Qg5 treats Qxg78++, and the Nh4, thus there's not much deffence.
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