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K Gerasimov vs Vasily Smyslov
Moscow (1935)
Rubinstein Opening (D05)  ·  0-1


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Mar-03-12  sevenseaman: <WinKing> <I'm not so sure about that <sevenseaman>. After 19...Nf2 20.Kxf2 b5?! 21.Qf3!? white can make a game of it.>

I too cannot very well say I am sure as we may not be selecting the best White responses to the robot. Working off the cuff here is how it went (picking your continuation at 23. Qe3);

23...Qb2+ 24. Be2 Qc2 25. Kf1 Bc6 26. Bf3 Qc4+ 27. Kg1 Rd3 and Q seems to be crowded in. 28. Qf2 Bxf3 etc is not looking good for white.

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  WinKing: <sevenseaman: I too cannot very well say I am sure as we may not be selecting the best White responses to the robot.>

Yes, that's the thing. White has a lot of choices in this line which makes it 'not so easy' for black. I won't dispute whether black is better because he is. But this being 'easy'...I don't think so.

Mar-03-12  galdur: 19...Rd3 seems to be the move. If 20.Qxd3 then Bh2+ followed by Nxf2 and Nxd3 and white is winning.

If 20.Qc2 then Rd2 and Rxf2 next move when black has three pieces threatening g2.

If 20.Qxb6 then Rh3 21.Bd4 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Bxe5+ 23.Kg1 Bh2+ 24. Kh1 Bc7+ and the queen is gone.

Mar-03-12  BOSTER: The important squares should be <overprotected>.

White thinks that "d3" square is good protected, but black can prove that this is only illusion!

If you have the idea of the combo, but the direct consequence of moves doesn't work try to change the order of moves.

First I tried 19...Bh2+ 20.Kh1 Nxf2+ 21.Kxh2 Rd3 but after 22.Qxb6 I didn't see the mating continuation.

Then I changed the order of moves with idea, that because "f2" is unprotected black can fork when king on h1 and queen on d3.

So 19...Rd3 if 20.Qxd3 Bh2+ 21.Kh1 Nxf2+ 22.Kxh2 Nxd3 23.Red1 Nf4 24.Nc3 Nxg2 25.Bd3 Qf3 and black is better. 19...Rd3 if 20.Qxb6 Rxh3 21.Qxc6 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Nxf2#.

Mar-03-12  Everett: < i have is that i had solved some puzzles on Paata Gaprindashvilli's controversial {actually i amnt sure if the book is good or not,thats y the use of this word) book IMAGINATION IN CHESS>

I think this is an excellent book, and the instruction is both pithy and useful, a rarity in chess books. On the puzzles really do blow the mind...

Mar-03-12  pericles of athens: what was the game Svidler recently played as black, where he played something similar, like Rd2 maybe near the end of the game? brilliant stuff, smyslov's and his.
Mar-03-12  aniceto: <pericles of athens>, Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011
Mar-03-12  galdur: On review I see that 20...Rxh3 is just as effective with the queen on c2.

In my 20...Rd2 variation white has the option to give up the queen and two pawns for a rook and resign maybe two or three moves later than in the actual game.

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  Marmot PFL: If the attacked knight retreats 20 Qxb6 follows. 19...Bh2+ is tempting but 20 Kh1 Nxf2+ 21 Kxh2 doesn't look good. If the WQ was on d3 though this would be good, so let's look at 19...Rd3, now 20 Qxd3 loses the queen, and 20 Bxd3 allows mate. 20 Qxb6 Rxh3 21 Qxc6 (21 gh3 Qh1#) Bh2+ 22 Kh1 Nxf2 mate is the main threat. If white guards f2 with R or B than 21...Bh2+ 22 Kh1 Bxe5+ 23 Kg1 Bh2+ 24 Kh1 Bc7+ etc. Not sure if white can hold out longer with other moves, but should lose in any case.
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  Marmot PFL: So Smyslov was only 14 when this was played.
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  agb2002: The material is even.

White threatens 20.hxg4 and 20.Nxb6.

The proximity of the knight to the white king and the possibility of opening the white castle with a rook sacrifice on h3 suggest 19... Rd3:

A) 20.Bxd3 Qxg2#.

B) 20.Qxd3 Bh2+ 21.Kh1 Nxf2+ 22.Kxh2 Nxd3 - + [Q+P vs R+B] (23.Bxd3 Qxg2#).

C) 20.Qxb6 Rxh3

C.1) 21.gxh3 Qh1#.

C.2) 21.Qxc6 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Nxf2#.

C.3) 21.Bd4 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Bxe5+ 23.Kg1 Bh2+ 24.Kh1 Bc7+ 25.Kg1 Bxb6 - + [Q+P vs B].

C.4) 21.f3 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Bxe5+ 23.gxh3 (23.Kg1 Bh2+ 24.Kh1 Bc7+) 23... Qxf3+ 24.Kg1 Qh1# (or 24... Bh2#).

D) 20.Qc2 Rxh3

D.1) 21.Re2 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Bxe5+ 23.Kg1 Bh2+ 24.Kh1 Bb8+ 25.Kg1 Qc7 26.Be5 (26.g3 Rh1#) 26... Nxe5 27.gxh3 Nf3+ and mate next.

D.2) 21.f3 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Bf4+

D.2.a) 23.gxh3 Qxf3+ 24.Bg2 (24.Kg1 Qh1#; 24.Qg2 Qxh3+ 25.Kg1 Qh2+ 26.Qxh2 Bxh2#) 24... Qxh3+ 25.Kg1 Be3+ 26.Kf1 (26.Rxe3 Qh2+ 27.Kf1 Nxe3+, etc.) 26... Nh2+ 27.Ke2 Qxg2+ 28.Kd1 Rd8+ wins.

D.2.b) 23.Kg1 Be3+ 24.Rxe3 Nxe3 - + [R+P vs B] (25.Qb3 Rh6 26.Qxe3 Qxa4).

E) 20.B(N)c3 Rxh3 21.f3 Rxf3 22.gxf3 Qxf3 - +.

Mar-03-12  geeker: Awesome!
I'm a huge Smyslov fan (he's probably my favorite chessplayer), but had never seen this combo before!
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  chrisowen: Scowl in smooth energy ouch h3 ever bottle in rookd3 a real langer!

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pocket in pardon it lovely bxe5+ in event...

Mar-03-12  Dr. J: A few points:

[A] <Phony Benoni: ... 20.Qxb6 Rxh3 21.Qxc6 Bxc6 22.gxh3 Bh2# ... Can White do anything else after 21.Qxc6 Bxc6?>

Ne need to worry about that: 20 Qb6 Rxh3 21 Qxc6 Bh2+ 22 Kh1 Nxf2#>

[B] <sevenseaman 19...Bh2+ 20 Kh1 Rd3 21 Qxb6 Rxh3 22 f3> Good try, but the windmill (...Bxe5+, etc.) still works, as White cannot ever play gxh2 Qxf3+. This also works in the transposed line [see next].

[C] 19...Rd3 may not be any better than 19...Bh2+, but it cannot be worse, as Black always can transpose, unless there is something even better.

[D] To anyone not familiar with this game: I strongly suggest you get hold of Smyslov's <My Best Games of Chess>. It is one of the best books on chess - superb annotations!

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  morfishine: <WinKing> Good job today and Good to see you posting over here regularly! Sad I didn't realize the strength of <19...Rd3> after looking at it.

The main point of my line starting with <19...Nxf2> is <22...Bh2> keeping the White King out of <g1>. All this depends on white accepting the knight with <20.Kxf2>. I see you looked at this line but varied with 22...Rd8. I spend a lot of time on that move

On to Sunday and hopefully better hunting!

Mar-03-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this middle-game attacking position, material is even, but black's force is powerfully focused on the lightly defended king-side, while several white pieces are ineffective. White's primary threat is hxg4, but the knight is far too well-placed for retreat. The dark squares f2 and h2 are particularly vulnerable targets, so the possibility of ...Bh2+ followed by ...Nxf2+ led me quickly to the ideal setup move.

19... Rd3!! and the addition of another attacker with tempo is devastating:

A) 20.Bxd3 Qxg2#

B) 20.Qxd3 Bh2+ 21.Kh1 Nxf2+ 22.Kxh2 Nxd3 23.Red1 (Bxd3 Qxg2#) Nf2! 24.Rd2 Ne4 25.Rd2 moves Qxa4, winning a queen for a rook.

C) 20.Qxb6 Rxh3! 21.Qxf6 (gxh3 Qh1#) Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Nxf2#

C.1) 21.Re2 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Bxe5+ 23.Kg1 Bh2+ 24.Kh1 Bc7+ wins.

C.2) 21.Qd4 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Bxe5+ wins.

D) 20.Qc2 Rd2 21.Qb1 (Qe4 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Nxf2+) Rxf2 22.hxg4 Rxg2+ wins.

Time for review....

Mar-03-12  M.Hassan: "Very Difficult" Black to play 19...?
Forces are identical.

At first I went through the line Nh2 attacking Bishop on f1 for the reason that it is the only piece supporting g2 square, elimination of which is a step forward to checkmate White. It just does'nt work. I found the winnin line by the help of Chessmaster:

20.Qxd3 Bh2+
21.Kh1 Nxf2+ (h1& d3 are attacked simultanously) 22.Kxh2 Nxd3
White Queen is lost

If Queen declines taking the Rook:
20.Qxb6 Bh2+
21.Kh1 Rxh3
making use of pin of g2 pawn
22.Bd4 Bxe5+
23.Kg1 Bh2+
24.Kh1 Bc7+
25.Kg1 Bxf6
Again, White Queen is lost.

Mar-03-12  sevenseaman: Multifaceted is what I call this problem. There are more solutions than one. Very enjoyable!
Mar-06-12  LoveThatJoker: Saturday, March 3rd

Gerassimov vs Smyslov.

Wicked sick! A Smyslov puzzle.

I'm liking 19...Rd3! 20. Qc2 [20. Bxd3?? Qxg2#; 20. Qxd3? Bh2+ 21. Kh1 Nxf2+ wins; 20. Qxb6 Rxh3! 21. Qxc6 (21. Bd4/Re2 Bh2+ 22. Kh1 Bxe5+ 23. Kg1 Bh2+ 24. Kh1 Bc7+ wins) 21...Bh2+ 22. Kh1 Nf2#]

20...Rd2 21. Qb1 (21. Qb3 Rxf2 and Black wins due to the threat of 22...Rxg2+; 21. Qe4 Bh2+ 22. Kh1 Nxf2+ wins) 21...Rxf2! 22. Qe4 Bh2+ 23. Kh1 Rxf1+ 24. Rxf1 Qxe4 and Black wins.


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  Eduardo Bermudez: Wonderful move Td3 !!
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  Richard Taylor: I found this combination when I was playing over Smyslov's games. I stopped and spent some time and calculated the entire combination "in my head" so to speak.

So when I saw it here I had already solved it. I especially took an interest as a young player had beaten me as White with this line.

It is one of the great combinations and is in Smyslov's book of his "best" games. In that book there are some very beautiful and interesting games.

I think he was the greatest player around the time he beat Botvinnik. One of the greatest ever. I put his up there with Karpov, Botvinnik, Anand and Kasparov - even Carlsen and others. (We wont use the F work here)...

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  WCC Editing Project:

This is the first game listed in <Vasily Smyslov's> "My Best Games of Chess (1935-1957)," and it is also his earliest known complete game score.

It was played in the fall of 1935 at the <Moskvoretsky House of Pioneers Championship>.

Smyslov was a 14 year old 3d Category player when he posted a "clean score" at this event: +11 -0 =0.

When <Genna Sosonko> asked Smyslov what was the "happiest moment" in his life, Smyslov responded,

<"At the championship of the Young Pioneers Stadium, where <<<I won all 11 games>>>, didn't give away a single draw, and there were strong players there, almost all of them became masters, I kept the tournament table from that event.">



Smyslov, Vasily "My Best Games of Chess (1935-1957)" P.H. Clarke ed., transl. (Routledge and Kegan Paul 1958), p.xi

Sosonko, Genna "The World Champions I Knew." (New in Chess 2013), pp.126-127

Jun-27-14  zydeco: White could have avoided the madness with 17.Qf3.
Oct-30-15  ToTheDeath: Amazing feel for attack for such a young player. Rd3!! is an awesome move.
Apr-04-17  MrJafari: Wow! The first game and a very impressive one of Smyslov!
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