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|Feb-09-04|| ||doctor collins: This is an amazing smooth performance of Barcza. Like other positional players, such as Filip or Andersson, he doesn't seem to be playing for a win, but suddenly his opponent collapses, and in this case it was a World champion. I'm very impressed every time I play this game over the board. |
|Feb-24-09|| ||outsider: this game was played in chess olympiad. a great game indeed|
|Feb-16-10|| ||stanleys: 4...c6 is an inaccuracy which allows white to obtain the initiative at the queen's side and the center.Barzca was a specialist of this line with white|
|Sep-10-11|| ||Cemoblanca: What a game! The "very late" 12.e4 gives white a small but permanent positional advantage! Pretty impressive game by GM Barcza! RIP!|
|Jan-26-12|| ||Phony Benoni: Smooth indeed. The temporary pawn sacrifice yields an ideal position for White; it's hard to beat this after 17.Rfd1:|
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Smyslov can't hold the pawn, and White's positional trumps take over. After the pieces are traded, those queenside dogies hit the trail and White wins effortlessly.
39...Kh5 looks puzzling at first glance, but Black can't go for the pawns: 39...Kg4 40.Rc4+ and 41.Ra4 forces a new queen.
|Jan-26-12|| ||erniecohen: Oh for heaven's sake people. Even though Barcza got the better of the opening, the endgame is clearly headed for a draw after move 25. Smyslov shouldn't have traded s in a way that made his kingside pawns vulnerable, but he did so in the belief that the resulting endgame was drawn. The story of the game is that he just butchered it.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||King Death: <erniecohen: Oh for heaven's sake people. Even though Barcza got the better of the opening, the endgame is clearly headed for a draw after move 25. Smyslov shouldn't have traded (bishop)s in a way that made his kingside pawns vulnerable, but he did so in the belief that the resulting (rook) endgame was drawn. The story of the game is that he just butchered it.>|
Your reasoning is hard to understand. What did Black's bishop have to do here? The white rook is about to invade the 7th and you're claiming that this is heading for a draw? In practice Black may get there but I suspect it isn't as simple as you're making things out. Smyslov's judgment wasn't that bad, White's bishop was much more active than his.
|Jan-26-12|| ||NyP: This game was a remarkable one for several reasons.
- It was played in September and the revolution in Hungary started in October, leading to a much less friendly fight between the two countries.
- This was the first ever loss of the Soviet team (Other results: Botvinnik-Szabo, Keresz-Benko, Bély-Tajmanov draw). The Botvinnik-Szabo game is an interesting game, where Botvinnik had really hard time with white. (Botvinnik vs Szabo, 1956)
- Barcza was famous for very carefully choosing the move orders, sometimes confusing even grandmasters. Here Smyslov makes the first inaccuracy in the 3rd (!) move, while Barcza makes the very accurate moves c4! and Qb3 in reply. Some players just played 4. 0-0, leading to equality.
- After the revolution Pal Benko fled to the US. In 1994, when the Chess Olympiad was in Moscow again, the captain of the Hungarian team was Pal Benko
|Jan-26-12|| ||piltdown man: Pathetic pum. Not quite as bad as yesterday's woeful effort, though.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||shakespeare: Interesting game - a pawn sac for the B pair - then he gives back on B for a Q side majority - reduces material and transformed the Q side into a win - perfect plan.|
Qxf3 definitely not the best idea to exchange Q like this - giving the white King an extra move towards the center - 25. ...Qd5 may be a better try - but black has still nothing more then to fight for a draw.
And he should have kept the B on the board for sure.
|Jan-26-12|| ||King Death: For those of you that think Smyslov shouldn't have played 26...Bf6, imagine it's White's move and he plays 27.h4. Where's the bishop going? |
Maybe 26...Rd3+ 27.Ke2 Rd2+ 28.Ke1 Rd7 or 26...Rd7 right off are better but I think White still has the advantage. He should be able to offer exchanges of either piece to gain time and space and can safely play for a win.
|Jan-26-12|| ||Memethecat: Move 4.c4 to 16.Bxe4 is all about white gaining control of the long diagonal for his WSB, this in turn wins the QS majority & eventually the game, black surely helps with the Q exchange giving the WK a head start into the endgame. Did Smyslov's aggressive streak stop him from retreating his Q ?|
|Jan-26-12|| ||Garech: Nice game; simple and straightforward - I imagine it was very rarely that Smyslov was beaten so effortlessly. Well played!|
|Jan-26-12|| ||whiteshark: <28...a5!> was the best move and should hold the game.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||kevin86: The passed a-pawn is always a threat as it is the furtherest from the adverse king,especially when he castles king side.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||Once: One for the connoisseurs, I think, which won't appeal to the masses sitting in the cheap seats. A beautiful (if temporary) pawn sac to sweep away all the pieces and leave white with all the open lines. Then Barcza turbocharges into an endgame where he can force an outside passed pawn.|
Smooth as silk.
|Jan-26-12|| ||Everett: <Whiteshark> thanks for that suggestion. Looks like great study material.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||beatgiant: <whiteshark>
<28...a5!><should hold the game>
Could you give details on how you reached that conclusion? After, say, 28...a5 29. a3, followed by creating a passed b-pawn, the result is not obvious to me at all.
|Jan-26-12|| ||erniecohen: <King Death: Maybe 26...Rd3+ 27.Ke2 Rd2+ 28.Ke1 Rd7 or 26...Rd7 right off are better but I think White still has the advantage>|
26... d5 27. c3 a5 28. e2 f6 29. c8+ h7 30. xf6 gxf6 31. a4 d4 32. b3 b4 33. c3 g6 1/2-1/2
|Jan-26-12|| ||Penguincw: I somewhat get the pun.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||King Death: <erniecohen> In the variation you give with 26...Rd5 27.Bc3 a5 28.Ke2 Bf6 29.Rc8+ Kh7 30.Bf6 gf 31.a4 Rd4 32.b3 Rb4 why should White play passively with 33.Rc3 Kg6 (which may or may not be equal but isn't "drawn" anyway)? He can play 33.Rc5 Rb3 34.Ra5 when Black is fighting to hold. This ending with the outside passed pawn is tougher for Black because of his weak kingside. If his pawns were intact it would be different.|
Also after 26...Rd5 27.Bd4 is possible and 27...a6 or ...a5 28.Ke2 leave something to play for. This isn't "clearly headed for a draw" like you stated above although Black should have good drawing chances if he plays correctly.
|Jan-26-12|| ||erniecohen: Generally speaking, rook endings like this are drawn, even if one side has the outside passer, because Black can get back with his King to help before White can help with his. For example, 34...g6 35 b5 a3 36. a5 f5 37. d2 f6 38. c2 e7 39. b2 a4 40. b3 a1 41. b7+ d6 42. a7 h5 43. a6 b1+ 44. c2 a1 45. f4 c5 46. b2 a5 47. c7+ d6 48. xf7 xa6 with a book draw, even with white's extra pawn (after the h-pawn falls).|
|Jan-26-12|| ||parisattack: <NyP: This game was a remarkable one for several reasons. >|
Good comment on Barcza! Yes, he was into the delicate touch in openings. Evans made a brief comment to that effect in MCO 10. I have most of the post-war Magyar Sakkelet magazines - lots of his games, annotations. I believe he was editor for a time.
|Jan-26-12|| ||TVCHESS3JAQUES: A clear example of pawn majority of two against one on the queenside.|
Claro ejemplo de mayoría de peones de dos contra uno en el flanco de dama.
2 vs 1. Final
|Jan-26-12|| ||Everett: Big reason why the Grunfeld endgame is good for black: the 2:1 Q-side pawn majority|
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