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Lajos Portisch vs Vasily Smyslov
Moscow (1967), Moscow URS, rd 16, Jun-14
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Smyslov Variation (E54)  ·  0-1


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Aug-05-08  Everett: All the way to mate!

15...Qf8 ruling out any sacs on h6 is interesting.

Portisch was seeing things before he played 18.Re4. If 19.Rh4 then 19...Qf6

May-29-13  dmvdc: I thought Smyslov's comment after 8...Qe7 was interesting; you can tell he had great respect for Portisch.

<When playing against Portisch one must always be prepared for a theoretical duel, since the Hungarian grandmaster is rightly acknowledged as one of the greatest experts on modern opening theory.

Following a game with Gligoric in the 1959 Candidates Tournament, I have several times employed this opening system with 8...Qe7, which practice has shown to be perfectly viable. Here White has various possibilities, but Portisch sticks to his customary way of handling the variation.>

May-29-13  dmvdc: Smyslov also commented as follows after 39.Rxd2:

<Severely short of time, Portisch overlooks the main threat. However, after 39.h4 Nc4 40.Kxf5 Nxa3 the game is again decided.>

May-29-13  ughaibu: Dmvdc: Instead of 40.Kf5, can't white play Nd4?
May-29-13  ughaibu: Mind you, after Rb6 I guess the position is hopeless.
May-29-13  dmvdc: <ughaibu: Dmvdc: Instead of 40.Kf5, can't white play Nd4?>

Against me, playing Nd4 might spook me into something silly. Against a grandmaster of Smyslov's caliber... yeah, the position is hopeless. :)

For what it's worth, Stockfish 2.3.1 scores 40.Nd4 better than 40.Kxf5 by almost a full pawn (~.75) at 23 ply, but both moves score worse than -4.

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