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Vasily Smyslov vs Mark Taimanov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 13, Sep-22
Sicilian Defense: Closed. Fianchetto Variation (B24)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-24-13
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  zydeco: Both Keres and Smyslov experimented a bit with the Closed Sicilian in this tournament without getting much out of it.

I'm surprised by 17....Nb7. Black looks slightly better after 17....Nxb3 18.cxb3 Qc2 19.Qxc2 (if 19.Qe2 Qa2) Rxc2 20.Bb4 Ne8 21.Rfc1 Rbc8 and white's weaknesses are more obvious than black's.

Oct-24-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<zydeco>

Not sure Smyslov experimented is the correct word. If I remember, Bronstein remarked Smyslov "pirated" points with the Closed in his book of Zurich '53.

A couple of famous "Closed" games are Smyslov-Kotov, Moscow Chp. 1943 and Smyslov-Denker, USSR-USA (match) 1946.

Keres rarely played the Closed for sure.

The Closed is normally associated with Smyslov and Spassky. (cf. the latter's Candidates match games versus Geller.)

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