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Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1947), Leningrad (RUS), rd 1, Feb-02
Slav Defense: Geller Gambit (D15)  ·  0-1


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  Jim Bartle: I'd say Smyslov showed some nerves of steel to allow the queen check on move 14, calculating he could escape.
Aug-29-11  Everett: <Jim Bartle> ... or just fortunate that Tolush played 17.Bxh5? when 17.0-0 simply asks Smyslov exactly how he is going to organize his position. One computer line is <17.0-0 Nd8 18.Qg6 Rh6 19.Qb1> and Black has some significant development problems.
Aug-29-11  sevenseaman: <Everett> Luck is a big factor, like <Yifan Hou> letting <Movsesian> get away in Yifan Hou vs Movsesian, 2011 yesterday. 17. 0-0 and <Smyslov> was a dead duck.

17. Bxh5 is 'airy fairy' and 17. 0-0 just stands out. Its a pain, even if I like <Smyslov>

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  WCC Editing Project:

This game was part of the 15th USSR Championship (1947) held 2 Feb - 8 March in Leningrad.

<Smyslov> shared third with Bondarevsky, behind Keres and Boleslavsky, ahead of Tolush, Bronstein, Lilienthal and Flohr, scoring +7 -2 =10.




Winter, Edward ed. "World Chess Champions" (Pergamon Press 1981), p.149

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  Richard Taylor: The computer now online here supports 17. 0-0. I recall this game being analysed somewhere. I recall thinking it was well played by Smyslov but pretty scary. Tolush was also a strong player.

I like Smyslov's play overall as he also could make nice attacks and tactics, as well as having a great strategical / positional ability. But here the "Gambit" seems too dangerous for White.

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  Richard Taylor: The computer also prefers 12...Nd7

and then 13. Nxh7 Kf7 14. Ng5+ Kg8 15. Rb1 Nf6....

and if

after 12...Nd7

13. Nxe6 Nf6 14. Qe2 Qc8 15. Nf4 Qd7 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. Qe5 seems about equal.

Nov-15-17  4tmac: 17 0-0 leads to interesting play. Smyslov was a bit wild in his youth. 12...Nd7! is a slight improvement unless you think white might grab the pawn :)
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