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Vasily Smyslov vs Svetozar Gligoric
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 11, Jun-02
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Aug-30-10  Atking: In all a beautiful fight. Of course square rules after 66...KxRe4 67.Kxd2 Kf4 68.b4! cxb 69.c5 Ke5 70.g5
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  Domdaniel: This seems to be the only one of their 42 encounters where Smyslov beat Gligoric with White -- though he scored 7 wins with Black.

In their 14 decisive games, Black scored a whopping 11-3.

This should tell us something ... but what?

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  brankat: <Domdaniel> To have white pieces may not be as advantageous as it is usually assumed?
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  Domdaniel: <brankat> Well, *I* can't seem to stop winning with Black and losing or drawing with White.

I'm always happy to see that fellow-sufferers exist.

Maybe the starting position of a game is actually Zugzwang?

In this case, it's probably fairer to say that, between players who often draw, the first to disturb the equilibrium is at greater risk of losing -- and that tends to be White.

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  brankat: <Domdaniel>

<..between players who often draw, the first to disturb the equilibrium is at greater risk of losing -- and that tends to be White.>

I believe You are right. With some exceptions, dependent on a tournament standings or a match result, the onus is on White.

Jul-30-13  jerseybob: 9..d4? is way too accommodating. 9..dc followed by Qc7 ,b6 & Bb7 etc. looks better.
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  whiteshark: <jerseybob: 9..d4? is way too accommodating.>

Indeed. I have an old book which enjoys a certain cult status, <Flank Openings> by Raymond Keene, B.C.M, 1979. On p.114 it refers to this game, where Black played <9... d4?>

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which is commented by R.Keene as follows:

"<Falling in with White's plan. Black renounces active counterplay on the ♕-side and cedes his opponent a beautiful square on e4."<>>

Mar-22-14  RookFile: I thought Gligoric played terrific chess after he got into trouble. I guess it wasn't enough to make up the deficit.
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  zydeco: Very clean play by Smyslov. 24.Re2 and 25.Ref2 is very much in his style - a quiet maneuver that keeps tension in the position and creates a real threat with Bh3 (once white's rook is on the f-file, black can't meet Bh3 with ....Rxe4 and ....Rxe1).

If 25....Qxh5 26.Bxh6 Qxh6 27.Rxf8+ Rxf8 28.Rxf8+ Kh7 29.Qxh6+ Kxh6 30.Nxc5, so instead Gligoric sacrifices the exchange.

The surprising 51.Re2! threatens Rf2 and forces a rook exchange.

Gligoric seems to be getting somewhere with the d-pawn at around move 55 but Smyslov has it all under control. If 63....Ng1 64.Re6+.

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