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Lev Polugaevsky vs Vasily Smyslov
Central Chess Club International (1960), Moscow URS, rd 5, May-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Smyslov Defense (D94)  ·  0-1


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Feb-21-09  outsider: the last move is just cool. a great puzzle (maybe for wednesday)
Apr-11-10  jpolchinski: If 46 Qd1, is there anything faster than 46 ... Rxg3+ 47 fxg3 Qe4+ 48 Kg1 Rh6 49 Rh2 Qe3+ 50 Kg2 Rxh2+ 51 Kxh2 d3?
Apr-11-10  cunctatorg: This game has to be a positional masterpiece and a total masterpiece from a to z!
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  Jimfromprovidence: I'm surprised that this game was not included in the recent week of Smyslov puzzles; its that good.

This match is the LA Times' puzzle for today, in their tribute to Smyslov. Move 45, black to play,

<jpolchinski> <If 46 Qd1, is there anything faster than 46 ... Rxg3+ 47 fxg3 Qe4+ 48 Kg1 Rh6 49 Rh2 Qe3+ 50 Kg2 Rxh2+ 51 Kxh2 d3?>

The physicist? Yes, try 48Qe3+, instead.

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This move, assuming 49 Kg2, allows 50 d3!, denying the white queen access to e2 to force a trade.

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There are a lot of ways black wins from here; they are involved but inevitable.

Apr-12-10  jpolchinski: <Jimfromprovidence><The physicist?> Yes, actually. But a knack for theoretical physics doesn't seem to carry over to chess.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <jpolchinski> <But a knack for theoretical physics doesn't seem to carry over to chess>.

Probably not enough dimensions for you.

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  WCC Editing Project:

This game is from Round Five of the <Second Moscow Central Chess Club International Tournament 1960>.

It was held in Moscow 24 May - 7 June.

<Smyslov> shared 1st with Kholmov, ahead of Korchnoi, Bagirov, Antoshin and Polugaevsky, with +6 -0 =5.



Di Felice "Chess Results 1956-1960," p.432

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  Honza Cervenka: Awesome finish. This is Smyslov at his best.
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