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Vasily Smyslov vs Isaac Boleslavsky
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 19, Apr-27
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C19)  ·  1-0


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Apr-13-10  Patriot: 41.Bc1 came to mind almost instantly and then I saw 41...Re1+ 42.Kf2 Rxc1 and dismissed it.

So I thought about preventing 41...Re1+ by playing 41.Kf2 first, but there's a big problem and that is 41...d3. For example, 42.Bc1 Re2+ 43.Kf1 Rxg2.

Next I considered 41.Rg7+ Kh8 and realized it would be mate if not for the e8-rook and went back to the original idea, 41.Bc1!.

And now it's more apparent that 41...Re1+ 42.Kf2 Rxc1 43.Rg7+ Kh8 44.Rg8+ Kh7 45.R1g7#.

So the problem in my analysis is that I made a quiescence error from the beginning, not looking one step further after 42...Rxc1.

Lesson: Always look at least 1-ply further after a piece is apparently "lost for nothing".

Apr-13-10  atakantmac: i think this puzzle must be monday's
Apr-13-10  desiobu: Bc1 and white will mate one way or another.
Apr-13-10  A Karpov Fan: got it
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  kevin86: The solution is on the quiet side-just a little retreat but even so,mate is inescapable.
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  chrisowen: Can a daring plan like Bc1 find fruition? Provincially yes, picking 40.Ba3 leaves the bare necessities, mate in seven. Park said piece on the back rank ..exd4 Bc1 and black's rook trip pales in comparison. I gave this a long hard stare and the trade furnishes white's attack Re1+ Kf2 Rxc1 Rg7+ Kh8 Rg8+ Kh7. The rook's encroach Rg7# it is sat, I vanquish thinks Smylsov.
Apr-13-10  OBIT: <zb2cr>After 41. R2g3 Ne5 stops the mate. I'm guessing this is why 40...ed was played, although the White bishop moving from c5 to a3 made it pretty obvious he was heading to c1. White could have played 40. R2g3 instead of 40. Ba3 and mated just as effectively.
Apr-13-10  YouRang: The black king is pressed against a wall next to a g-file which is controlled by white's rook battery. To make matters worse, the black king is limited to the 7th & 8th because of his own h6 pawn. Sad for black.

It looks like 41.Bc1 (hitting Ph6 to threaten 42.Rxh6#) ends it.

Even if black captures our bishop with 41...Re1+ (or blocks it with 41...Re3), he loses because when black moves his rook, he leaves the 8th rank unguarded, thus enabling a 2nd mating threat: Rg7+ Kh8 / Rg8+ Kh7 / R2g7#.

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  patzer2: Smyslov's 41. Bc1! solves today's Tuesday puzzle with a winning attack after 41...Re1+ in 42. Kf2 , when White has a double attack to counter Black's double attack with a triple threat that includes the loss of the Black Rook as well as mate-in-one or mate-in-two.
Apr-13-10  JG27Pyth: Is <chrisowen> machine-translated?
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  Jimfromprovidence: I loved 35 f5, forcing a queen trade and setting up a nice outpost for a piece on g6.

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After the queen trade white's pieces are so well-positioned. Very impressive.

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Apr-13-10  geeker: It so happens that I played over this game last week. Have been re-reading Smyslov's "125 Selected Games"...
Apr-13-10  monopole2313: Played 41.Bd6 to forestall ...Ne5 and ...Nf8. The mate after R->g3->h3->h6 is otherwise unimpeded. Smyslov's play against the French was generally admirable.
Apr-13-10  jsheedy: I'm an idiot. I saw 41. Bc1 and the mate threat at h6, but I thought 41. Re1+ would simply win the bishop and kill the threat. I didn't realize the doubled rooks would mate after black lost a tempo capturing the bishop.
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  DarthStapler: Got it
Apr-13-10  TheBish: Smyslov vs Boleslavsky, 1941

White to play (41.?) "Easy"

41. Bc1!

This is a nice move; it threatens mate and forces Black's next move, but at first glance it looks like White just blundered a piece, until you see the forced mate.

41...Re1+ 42. Kf2 Rxc1 43. Rg7+ Kh8 44. Rh8+ Kh7 45. R2g7#.

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  ajk68: Black is a tempo behind for the last several moves. An excellent demonstration of the value of a tempo.
Apr-13-10  turbo231: Warning if you play against the computer be sure to take care of d4 first. If you don't, he will promote, and you will lose. The second game I took care of d4 first, and was able to win easily.
Apr-13-10  wals: Rybka 3 1-cpu: 3071mb hash: depth 16:

Black lost the plot commencing:-

+1.79 28...Nf8 v Qc8 +1.02
+2.74 30...Nd6 v Ng6 +1.79
+1.72 31.Qg3 v g5 +2.74
+3.22 31...Nf7 v Ne4 +1.72
+ #13 36...e5 v Nd7 +3.57

Apr-13-10  ealvarez: "(...)but at first glance it looks like White just blundered a piece (...)" It's what I thought!
Apr-13-10  CanITakeThatBack: My first kibitz... Is this the right Fritz program to get? I am not sure if there are multiple versions or whatnot.


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  Eisenheim: 2EZ....
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  chrisowen: <JG27Pyth> On coiling erythrine Bc1 red would mine rale Re1 0r is it rail? Mind you crystal clear's the death rattle, ruby rook swallowing the bishop is acid re2+ Kf2 go patient Kxe2 d3+ Ke1 d2+ Bxd2 Ne5 Rxh6#.
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  WCC Editing Project:

This game is from the USSR Absolute Championship (1941), played in Leningrad and Moscow (23 March - 29 April).

<Smyslov> finished 3d behind Botvinnik and Keres, ahead of Boleslavsky, Lilienthal, and Bondarevsky, with +4 -4 =12.

He was awarded the Soviet Grandmaster title based on 3d place finishes in both this event and the USSR Championship (1940).



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

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  zydeco: Smyslov questions 9....c4 (better 9....Bd7) and 15....Nc8 (better 15....Nf5). White gets a straightforward spatial advantage out of the opening. White's a-pawn is hanging basically the entire game but black never has a chance to take it.
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