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Vasily Smyslov vs Imre Koenig
Radio Match (1946), ?, rd 1, Jun-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0


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Aug-30-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: After a nornal Ruy Lopez, W put pressure with a4 and g4.B answered h5 which give W more space in Kside after Nh4-f5. After Qg4, B had problems. cannot Nxf5 cause 24. exf5 and 25.g6! The decisive error come from 28...Nc2? I would play Nde6 with the same idea. After Nc2 29.Tf1 cannot Bxf2+ cause Txf2 Qxc4 Bg5 Tdc8 Tc1 and there's a pin. 31.Nxg7!! explodes the BK defence!
Aug-30-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: If Kxg7, 32.Nh5+ ... 33.Nf6...Qh4 with mate attack. B ignored, made his wining P combination, but after Ne8 his K is undefeated too. 34.Nf6+ Nxf6? 35.Bxf6 with mate by following Qh4-h8 or h6-g7. 35.Bh6+ If Kxh6 36.Nf5+ Bxf5? Ng8++! And 37. is to make B out: obviously Qxe5??? 38.Qc8+ Nf8 39.Qxf8+ Kh7 Bf4 followed by Rh2+ with mate attack.
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  plang: 8..Na5 is a sideline that resembles the Chigorin with Black delaying castling. 11..cxd and 12..Bg4 is an interesting idea that has not been repeated. Smyslov makes no comment on 15..b4 but 15..Rab8 with the idea of ..Nc6 and perhaps ..Nb4 looks like an alternative avoiding the weak pawn on a6 and the weakening of the c4 square. Smyslov was complimentary of Black's sharp play until 22..Nd7?; he recommended 22..Bxf5 23 exf..e4 24 Nxe4..Nxe4 25 Bxe4..Qg3+ 26 Kf1..Qh3+ 27 Bg2..Qxf5 28 Qf3 with equal chances (taking the exchange would be dangerous for White). 27 g6!? was a positional sacrifice clearing g5 for the bishop. Taking a second pawn with 29..Bxf2+ would have been dangerous: 30 Rxf2..Qxc4 31 Ne7+..Kh8 32 Rh2+..Nh7 33 N3f5..Qc5+ 34 Be3!..Nxe3 35 Rxh7+..Kxh7 36 Qh4+ and mates. After 34..Kg7? the game ended quickly; a tougher defense would have been 34..Nxf6 35 Bxf6..Rd6 36 Qh4..Rxf6 37 Qxf6 and Black's position is difficult but not yet lost.
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This game was part of the <USSR-Great Britain Radio Match 1946>, held 19-23 June.

<Smyslov> played 3d board vs. I. Konig, beating him twice to score +2 -0 =0. The USSR won 18 - 6.

Here are all the games from the match, but note that this collection incorrectly tallies up the final score:

Game Collection: 1946. USSR vs GB (Radio match)

The correct crosstable and final score can be found in these two sources:



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