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Vasily Smyslov vs Arnold Denker
Moskau, UdSSR - USA (1946), rd 1, Sep-12
Sicilian Defense: Closed. Fianchetto Variation (B24)  ·  1-0


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Jun-17-03  kutuzov: I belive that 6..d6 is better for black
Jun-17-03  drukenknight: it looks like black messes up trying to defend the d pawn; why does he move his B back to f8 like that?
Jan-28-07  morphyvsfischer: Ah, what a perfect example of play against a backwards pawn. 6...d6 is indeed better. 7...Nxe2 8 Nxe2 Bxb2 9 Rb1 Qa5+? 10 Bd2 Qxa2 11 Rxb2 Qxb2 12 Bc3 forks queen and rook. 11...Nf6 is necessary in the game. Playing for ...d5 is bad for black e.g. 12...Nf6 13 Ne2 Be6 14 0-0 d5 15 exd5 Nxd5 16 Bc5; 15 ...Bxd5 16 Qa4+ Qd7 17 Qxd7+ Kxd7 18 Rad1.

16...b5 17 a4! a6 (...bxa4 18 Rxa4 a5 19 Rca1 just gives a new weakness on a5) 18 Rd1! and the d pawn can't be defended easily e.g. 18...Rfd8 19 axb5 axb5 20 Rxa8 Rxa8 21 Qxd6 or 18...Rad8 19 axb5 axb5 20 Ra7, thanks to the a file.

18...Bxc4 19 Nd1 wins, threatening b3.

31 Nxd6? Bxd6 32 Rxd6 Qxd1+! 33 Rxd1 Rxd1+ does not look worse for black.

31...Qe6 32 Qd2 Rfd7 33 c5 bxc5 34 Nxc5 wins

Sep-23-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: is curious after 14...Be6 some can be tempted to play 15.f4(?) which open lines for BB.Smyslov chose other plan exploit d6!16.Rfc1 to prepare c4!20...h6 to avoid Ng5 and Nxf7, WB will be a monster at d5!21.Rdi, of course black cannot Bxc4 22.Rac1 treatening b3. 25.Bd5! eliminates the defender of d5, so Pd6 cannot advance anymore. Look after 41.Qh6, that BQ has no checks even though WK position is opened.
Sep-23-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: White consolidate his position by Qd3-Re2, take the best position Qd5, and push Black into zugswang, treatining: 53.Qd8+ Kh7 (Qf8 54.Re8 win the Q)54.Qh4+ Kg6 55.Qxg4+ win 2P and then change everything with easy win.
Sep-23-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: In some variations black lose the Q or fall into mate!
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Smyslov vs Denker, 1946 17 c3-c4! entices Black e6-bishop onto line of c7-queen for pin

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Smyslov vs Denker, 1946 17 c3-c4! entices Black e6-bishop onto line of c7-queen for pin

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This game is from the <USSR-USA Match 1946>, held in Moscow 12-15 September.

<Smyslov> played 3d board vs. Denker, scoring +2 -0 =0.

The USSR won the match 12.5 - 7.5.

Game Collection: 1946 USSR - USA Team Match




Winter, Edward ed. "World Chess Champions" (Pergamon Press 1981), p.152

Apr-15-16  gabriel112000: Brilliant strategic planning by Smyslov. I particularly liked 16. Rfc1! followed by 17. c4 and also 31. R1d3! instead of 31. Nxd6? which allows black to equalize with 31... Bxd6 32. Rxd6 Qxd1+! 33. Rxd1 Rxd1+
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  plang: 7 Nce2 was a new move with the idea of c3 and d4. After 14..Be6 the position was symmetrical except for the pawns on c3 and d6 which, one would think, should benefit White. A winning line for White would have been 18..Bxc4 19 Nxe4..d5 20 Ng5..d4 21 Ne6..dxe 22 Qxe3..Qd6 23 Nxf8..Bf7 24 Rd1..Nd5 25 Qb3..Rd8 26 Nxg6..hxg 27 Bxd5..Bxd5 28 Rxd5..Qxd5 29 Rd1!.
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