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Wolfgang Uhlmann vs Vasily Smyslov
Alekhine Memorial (1956), Moscow URS, rd 3, Oct-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Quiet Line (E15)  ·  0-1


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Jan-09-03  tayer: 15. ... Nc2! was nice. If 16. Qxc2 Bxf2+ 17. Kxf2 (Kh1/f1 Bxe1 18. Rxe1 d4) Ng4+ 18. Kf3 (Kf1 Qe3+ threatening 19. ... Nh3#/Qf2#) Qe3+ 19. Kxg4 Rc4+ 20. Nxc4 Bc8+ 21. Qf5 (Kh4/h5 Qh6#) Bxf5+ 22. Kxf5 g6+ 23. Kf6 (Kg4 f5+ 24. Kh4 Qh6#) Qe6+ 24. Kg5 Qf5+ 25. Kh6 Qh5#
Dec-06-03  Resignation Trap: An especially pleasing game by Smyslov.
Uhlmann decided to lose an exchange, instead of letting Smyslov win with a combination involving the scarifice of both Knights, a Rook, and a Bishop.
Jan-31-04  Helloween: 15...Nc2 is one of my favorite moves of all time. Smyslov is simply moving his pieces into his opponent's position and plucking out whatever material he wants at a whim. There is nothing that can be done about it.
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  wwall: 13.a3 Nd4 14.Re1 looks OK.

Perhaps 14.Nxc5 Nxe2+ 15.Kh1 bxc5 16.Re1.

17.Bxa1 Rfd8 18.Bf3 Ba3 19.Nb1 Rc1

18.Re1 Bxf2+ 19.Kxf2 Ng4+ 20.Kg1 Qe3+ 21.Kh1 Nf2+ 22.Kg1 Nh3+ 23.Kh1 Qg1+ 24.Rxg1 Nf2 smothered mate.

After 18...Ba3, can White offer some resistance with 19.Re1 Bxb2 20.Qxb2 Qc5 21.Nd1?

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  fm avari viraf: Smyslov is a Master of tactics & here he demonstrates his lovely idea to outplay Uhlmann before the real battle could begin.
Oct-21-07  ToTheDeath: Smyslov's 15... Nc2!! reminds me of the finish to the famous game Byrne-Fischer, only here the combination begins at c2, not f2!
Jan-31-09  Absentee: A fantastic game.
Nov-12-09  seagull1756: incredible sacrifice, taking the knight can lead to 16. Qxc2 Bxf2+ 17. Kxf2 Ng4+ 18. Kf3 Qf6+ 19. Kxg4 Rc4+ 20. bxc4 Bc8+ 21. Qf5 Qxf5+ 22. Kh4 Qg4#
Apr-05-11  PSC: I annotated the game for those interested:
Jan-31-12  kiiuglik: at first i thought smyslov decided to win back to piece by Bb4 followed by d4.. lol.. now i realize how simple minded am i
Feb-01-12  waustad: What amazes me is that there was an Alekhin Memorial tournament in Moscow in 1956. I know Stalin was dead but it still seems a bit of a hard core time to be rehabilitating a white Russian. Of course times were changing everywhere and Khrushchev was a lot more humane than his predecessor.
Jul-24-14  jerseybob: <waustad> :<rehabilitating a white Russian> That term has more than one meaning; what exactly is yours, concerning Alekhine?
Jul-24-14  Monocle: <jerseybob> I think it's more likely that Alekhine was an Anti-Bolshevik, than a cocktail.
Jul-24-14  jerseybob: Monocle: That's one meaning, the one I suspect waustad meant. There's also an ethnic, racial sense to the term too. Since Alekhine was born in Moscow, I don't think that applies.
Nov-15-15  ndg2: One of the best mate combinations never played?
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