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Vasily Smyslov vs Miguel Najdorf
Budapest Candidates (1950)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-06-08
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  tud: It is all about D5 control.
Apr-23-12  zydeco: 11.Bf2 and 22.Qd2 are incredibly subtle - definitely not moves I would have considered. I think I understand Bf2: to get the bishop out of the way of a knight from d5, reroute the bishop to the kingside, and already thinking about clearing e3 for the white knight (which is pretty good for one move). I guess the point of 22.Qd2 is to step out of the way of ....Qc4 (which can then be met by Nb6). It seems like Smyslov wins this too easily - without black ever trying to complicate the play.
May-31-13  zydeco: The mistake, probably, is 18...Bd7. Black shouldn't let white land on d5 with a knight.
May-31-13  Nerwal: <It seems like Smyslov wins this too easily - without black ever trying to complicate the play.>

That's what happened for sure; 27... ♕d4 looks like a typical panic-move. Black can still hope to save the game after 27... ♗e6, disregarding pawns to create counterplay with opposite colored bishops.

<The mistake, probably, is 18...Bd7. Black shouldn't let white land on d5 with a knight.>

Indeed this doesn't look good at all and is probably the roots of black's problems in this game. But Najdorf's general handling of this opening looks quite passive to modern eyes. His b5 push is late and doesn't solve all the problems. After the slow 16. ♘f1 he could probably push d5 (or on the next move after say ♖fd8) and get equality.

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