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Vasily Smyslov vs Tibor Florian
Moscow-Budapest (1949), Moscow URS, rd 13, Apr-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Prins Variation (D97)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-11-03  Rookpawn: This interesting game teaches how a castled position becomes weak after the removal of a fianchettoed Bishop.
Mar-12-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: If 22...Ke4, then 23.Bc4 threatening 24.Re1+, if 22...Kg5, then 23.h4+ Kxh4 24.Qh6+ Kg3 25.Qf4#. In the final position Smyslov missed 25.Qe2#, but it changes nothing. Nice game!
May-13-04  Luguaedos: I was just looking at the game and noticed 25.Qe2#. Did he miss it ir was he being sadistic? Vukivic doesn't even mention the move in the Art of Attack.
May-13-04  TrueFiendish: He must have missed it. Playing more moves rather than giving mate in one isn't so much sadistic as silly.
Jun-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The alternate game-score is most likely correct; 24....Qxa3 25.Rf2+ rings down the curtain.
Jun-01-05  noone2: Any reason that black doesn't play 16...N:g5 17 Q:g5? I would guess there is no tactical refutation - just a white plus due to the passed d pawn and awkward black N
May-28-09  skromnigrok: I do not think that the exchange of the dark bishops weakened the black king's position in any way. It is after all, a common motif in the prins system of the grunfeld. Black's only mistake is move 18...Kxg5?? Had he played 18...Rxe2, then it would have been drawn eg. : 19. f4 Rf8; 20. Qh4 Kg7; 21. Qh7+ Kg6; etc and there is no way for White to exploit the exposed position of the black king. After 18...Kxg5?? Black is good as dead. BTW, apart from missing 25. Qe2 ++, White also missed a neater win by 21. g3! Rxf1 22.Rxf1 Bh3 (to prevent 23. h4 ++) 23. Qh7! (threatening 24.Qh4+ Kf5; 25.Qf4++) Qa4; 24. c4 and Black would have to resign. Still, I think Florian's move 18...Nxc3 is probably the most interesting move in the entire game - it shows how easy it is for Black to equalize in the grunfeld.
Apr-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  shalgo: <The alternate game-score is most likely correct; 24....Qxa3 25.Rf2+ rings down the curtain.>

24...Qxa3 is the move given in Smyslov's My Best Games of Chess 1935-1957.

Apr-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  shalgo: <Black's only mistake is move 18...Kxg5?? Had he played 18...Rxe2, then it would have been drawn eg. : 19. f4 Rf8; 20. Qh4 Kg7; 21. Qh7+ Kg6; etc and there is no way for White to exploit the exposed position of the black king.>

Smyslov gives 20.Qh6! in this line. For example, 20...Rfe8 21.Rae1 Rxe1 22.Nh7+ Ke7 23.Rxe1+ Kd8 24.Qg5+.

Feb-03-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Smyslov-Florian

after 24...Qxc3


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Smyslov missed a mate-in-one with 25.Qe2#

Feb-03-11  Everett: <wordfunph> You may be interested in the above thread.
Feb-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Had long since forgotten about commenting on this game, and have submitted a correction, despite finding 24....Qxc3 also given as the continuation at 365chess.com; after all, Smyslov should have known the scores of his own games!

The concluding combination after 18....Kxg5 is well worth a Sunday POTD.


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