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Vasily Smyslov vs Eduard Gufeld
"Taking a Lot of Guf" (game of the day Jun-24-2005)
Moscow Spartakiade ;MAINB (1967)
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  0-1

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  vonKrolock: <33.♘c4> Loses right away, but even after 33.♘f3 (or 33.♘b1 ♖c1!) black can exploit the troublesome situation of the ♘ in 'd7' in a striking form: 33...♕e4! (in order to answer 34.♘b6 with ♕b7!, and if 35.♖b1 ♖c6!; ot if 34.♖d6, then ♔f7 threatening 35. ♔e7!) In this line black wins the 'a4', while continuing to menace 'd7' - 34.♔f2 (otherwise ♕b7 could not be answered with ♗b5 - 'f3' is hanging) 34...♕a4 35.♘b8 ♕b4!, and now: a) 36.♘d7 ♕b7 etc; b) 36.♘a6 ♕b6 37.♔e1 ♖a7!; c) 36.♖d8 ♕b6 37.♔g2 ♖c2! 38.♖d7 ♔h8 39.♘d4 ♖d2! etc
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  offramp: 14.Qxd7!
Jun-24-05  chesswonders: Why not 14. bxc6 ?
Jun-24-05  aw1988: In my opinion, Gufeld's best.
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  khense: Chesswonders, I wondered the same thing! I guess if 13. BXC6 then RAB8, 14. QXD7, RFD8 and white does not survive RB2+ & eventually a Q & 2 R's on his 2nd rank.
Jun-24-05  Shokwave: Wow! Impressive game. Smyslov puts up a great fight, but Gufeld plays the game of his life. He knew he had him from move 12 on.
Jun-24-05  who: Fritz thinks that 14.Qxd7! is crushing.
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  Knight13: This game is interesting to watch!

<Fritz thinks that 14.Qxd7! is crushing.> WHAT!? Why is it crushing? We need the analysis to prove this.

Jun-24-05  admiralnemo: <knight13> well, for one thing it allows the white queen to escape, i don't know about it being crushing, but i can't see what's wrong with it.
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  Knight13: I know that the queen can escape but I don't understand the "14. Qxd7! is crushing" part.
Jun-24-05  admiralnemo: actually, maybe 14.Qxd7 isn't so great after 14..Rd8 15. QxN (Qg4) Nc3+ 16.NxN QxN and white is toast
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  kevin86: White's queen falls into the trap-and starts a series of forks and more forks! The ex-champ gets carved up like a fish----er,Mike Tyson!,another ex-champ.
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  crafty: 14. ♕xd7 ♕b4 15. ♕xc6 ♕xc4+ 16. ♔d1 ♖ad8+ 17. ♘d4   (eval 2.42; depth 13 ply; 2000M nodes)
Jun-24-05  who: <admiralnemo> 14.Qxd7 Rfd8 15.Qxc6 Nc3+ 16.Nxc3 Qxc3 17.Nh4 Qxa1 Fritz evaluates as +1.07 It sees 14.Qxd7 Nc3+ 15.Nxc3 Rfd8 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.Rc1 Qb4 as black's best with white up +0.82 (crushing may have been an overstatement).
Jun-24-05  Chess Addict: Why did Symlov resign?
He could manage to pull a draw, I think.
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  patzer2: <who><14. Qxd7!><crushing may have been an overstatement> I strongly concur. I had Fritz 8 run the position after 14. Qxd7!? to 17 depth and then did an extensive move-by-move look, and still haven't found where White has a definite forced win.

In fact, so far Fritz 8 keeps coming up with draws by perpetual check or threefold reptition of moves, as in the following analysis:

14. ♕xd7! ♖fd8 15. ♕xc6 ♘c3+ 16. ♘xc3 ♕xc3 17. ♘h4! The longer Fritz 8 analyzes the more it favors this move.

[Logical and tempting, but also double edged is 17. Rd1!? Qxc4+ (17... Rxd1 18. Kxd1 Rd8+ 19. Nd4 cxd4 20. Ke2 Qc2+ 21. Kf3 Qf5+ 22. Kg3 Qg5+ 23. Kh3 Qh5+ 24. Kg3 Qg5+ = is a draw by perpetual check.) 18. Ke1 Rxd1+ 19. Kxd1 Qxa4+ (19... Rd8+ 20. Nd4 Qxa4+ 21. Ke2 cxd4 22. Kf3 Rd6 23. Qe4 axb5 24. Kg3 Re6 25. Qxd4+ Qxd4 26. exd4 Re1 27. Kf4 f6 28. g3 e5+ 29. Kf3 exd4 30. Bg2 Re7 31. Rd1 ) 20. Ke1 Rd8 21. Nd4 Qa1+ 22. Ke2 (22. Kd2 cxd4 23. e4 axb5 24. Qc1 Qa2+ 25. Ke1 Qa5+ (25... Qa4 26. Bd3 Qa5+ 27. Ke2 b4 28. Qf4 Rc8 29. Rd1 Qh5+ 30. Ke1 b3 31. e5 b2 32. Be2 Qh6 33. Qxh6+ Kxh6 34. Kd2 Kg5 35. Rb1 Rb8 ) 26. Ke2 Qc3 27. Qd2 b4 28. h4 d3+ 29. Ke3 Qa1 30. h5 b3 31. Kf3 b2 32. hxg6 Qc1 33. Qa5 h6 34. Qe5+ Kxg6 35. Rh3 Qg5 36. Rg3 Qxg3+ 37. Qxg3+ Kh7 38. Qc7 b1=Q 39. Qxd8 Qxf1 40. Qxe7 Qe2+ 41. Kf4 Qxf2+ 42. Ke5 d2 ) 22... cxd4 23. exd4 Rxd4 24. Qc2 axb5 . And although Black wins in this Fritz 8 line, I won't be surprised if someone finds an improvement leading to a draw for White here.]

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  patzer2: 17... ♕xa1 18. ♔f3 ♕xa4 19. ♕xc5 axb5 20. ♕xb5 ♕a1 (20... Qa7 21. Qe5+ f6 22. Qe6 Qb7+ 23. Kg3 Ra1 24. c5 Qc7+ 25. Kh3 Qxc5 26. Nf3 Qc8 27. Nd4 Kh6 28. g4 Qxe6 29. Nxe6 Rd6 30. Nc5 Rdd1 31. Kg2 Rac1 32. Ne4 f5 33. gxf5 gxf5 34. Ng3 Kg6 35. Be2 Rxh1 36. Nxh1 e5 37. Ng3 ) 21. ♔g3 ♖d1 22. c5 ♖a5 23. ♕b4 ♕e5+ 24. ♔h3 ♖aa1 25. c6 h5 26. ♕f4 ♕e6+ 27. ♘f5+ gxf5 28. c7 ♖xf1 29. ♕g5+ ♔f8 30. ♕xh5 f4+ 31. ♔h4 ♕f6+ 32. ♕g5 ♕c3 33. ♕h5 ♕f6+ 34. ♕g5 ♕c3 35. ♕h5 ♕f6+ = is a draw by threefold repetition of moves. (But Not 35... Rxh1?? 36.c8=Q+ Qxc8 37. Qh8#)
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  fm avari viraf: Again, one of those scintilating games by Gufeld, this time even against a stronger player Smyslov. It was all pyrotechnics after the imaginative 12...Bb7. But was it compulsary to grab the B on b7? Can't White retreat his Queen to d1 & later to e1? Or am I missing the vital link?
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  whiteshark: <patzer2> <who> I think it's worth to have a deeper look on the position after <14. ♕xd7 ♖fd8 15. ♕xc6 ♘c3+ 16. ♘xc3 ♕xc3 17. ♘h4 ♕xa1 18. ♔f3>

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The main characteristics of this position could maybe described like that:

White is up in material ♘+♗+♙ vs ♖, while he is back in development (♗f1,♖h1) and his ♔f3 is unusually exposed. All in all an unbalanced position, not easy to evaluate.

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  tpstar: 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. b4 <Curiously, this was the exact course taken by the classic game Reti vs Capablanca, 1924 , in which the World Champion suffered a sensational defeat after being undefeated for eight whole years!> Bg7 4. Bb2 0-0 5. e3 <In the Reti-Capablanca game Black easily equalised after 5. g3 b6 6. Bg2 Bb7 7. 0-0 d6, and only lost as a result of a mistake in the middlegame.> b6 <Black chooses the same set-up as Capablanca. 5 ... d6 is also good - cf. the analysis. In general it has to be said that the system of play chosen by White gives him few chances of gaining an advantage.> 6. d4 <An aggressive idea, after which Black faces a difficult choice - he is threatened with "suffocation" in the centre.> c5! <The correct plan. With the opponent not yet castled, the opening of lines, even where he looks stronger, gives Black counterchances.> 7. dxc5 bxc5 8. b5 a6 9. a4 <By drawing White into a conflict on the Queenside, Black has diverted his attention from the normal mobilisation of his forces, and in compensation for the seemingly dangerous white pawn wedge he can operate successfully on other parts of the board. Now 9 ... Bb7 is good, with comfortable development, but the sharp continuation chosen is also possible - it is based on the unsettled state of the white king.> Ne4!? <The game enters a phase of fascinating tactical complications.> 10. Bxg7 Kxg7 11. Qd5! <White is obliged to accept the challenge. Quiet development by 11. Bd3 Qa5+ 12. Nbd2 Nxd2 13. Qxd2 axb5 14. cxb5 d5 allows Black an excellent game.> Qa5+ 12. Ke2! <This too is necessary. After 12. Nbd2 Nxd2 13. Nxd2 axb5! Black already has the advantage. It would appear that Black is intending 12 ... Nc3+ 13. Nxc3 Qxc3 14. Qxa8 Qxa1, and 15. Qxb8 is dangerous in view of 15 ... d6!, when he can count on at least perpetual check. But in reply Smyslov had prepared the subtle move 14. Rd1!, and after 14 ... Ra7 15. Qxc5 and 16. Qd4+ White has a clear advantage. The impression is that Black has miscalculated, but there follows the stunning:> Bb7!! 13. Qxb7 <This reply is clearly forced.> Nc6! <A second "wild" move. The positional basis for the two successive piece sacrifices is the undeveloped state of White's pieces, the exposed position of his king, and also the possibility of pursuing his queen.> 14. Nfd2 <14. bxc6 Rab8 15. Nfd2 would have transposed into the game, but excessive greed (15. Qxd7) would have cost White dearly: 15 ... Rfd8! and, despite his great material advantage, his position is indefensible.> Ra7 15. bxc6! <Much worse is 15. Qxa7 Nxa7 16. Nxe4 axb5 17. cxb5 Nxb5 with advantage to Black.> Rxb7 16. cxb7 <The storm has died down somewhat. White has a material advantage, but Black has the initiative.> Qb4 <Black decides to play with a certain degree of risk. After 16 ... Nd6 17. g3 Nxb7 18. Bg2 Nd6 19. Rc1 Rb8 attack and defence balance one another, which testifies to the correctness of his entire play.> 17. Nxe4?! <Smyslov decides to give up the exchange, but to retain his b7 pawn. 17. Ra2! was stronger, when Black would have to reconcile himself to 17 ... f5 or 17 ... Nf6 with a complicated game (after 17 ... Qxb7 18. Nxe4 Qxe4 19. Nd2 or 18 ... Qxb1 19. Nc3 Qc1 20. Kd3! White would have consolidated his position and repulsed the attack.>
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  tpstar: 17 ... Qb2+ 18. Nbd2 Qxa1 19. Nxc5 <White still has a material advantage: three minor pieces and a pawn for the queen. But the whole problem is that he has not improved the position of his king or his kingside pieces.> Rb8 20. g3 Qa3! <After the "natural" 20 ... d6? 21. Nd7! Rxb7 22. Bg2 Qb2 23. Rb1 White would have won. Black moves his queen off the back rank just in time.> 21. Nxd7?! <This often happens, when a player suddenly feels the ground slipping under his feet. Not long ago it seemed to Smyslov that he stood better, and suddenly after the logical 21. Nd3 Rxb7 22. Bg2 Rb8 he is also faced with the loss of his a4 pawn. He therefore seeks chances in more lively play.> Rxb7 22. Bh3 Qd6 23. c5 Qd5 24. f3 <Everything seems to be in order. The threat of 24 ... Qh5+ has been parried, the kingside has been mobilised, and the a4 pawn retained. In the event of 24 ... Rxd7 25. Bxd7 Qxd7 26. Rc1, with rook, knight and protected passed c-pawn, White with active play can count on a draw. But it turns out that there is one further important factor in the position - the vulnerability of the Nd7.> Rb2 25. Rd1 e6 26. c6 <At the cost of two pawns the knight could still have escaped from the trap: 26. Nb6 Qxc5 27. a5 Qxa5 28. Nbc4, but here Black has the advantage.> Qc4+ 27. Ke1 Qd3! <The c-pawn will not run away; for the moment Black can pick up the one at e3.> 28. Bf1 Qxe3+ 29. Be2 <Black's problem is to prevent the Nd7 from returning to an active position. This is achieved by the following move, one that was difficult to find ... > a5!! <The queen remains on guard by the white king, while the rook is sent to deal with the c-pawn. The ring around the Nd7 tightens.> 30. f4 f6 31. c7 Rc2 32. Kf1 Rxc7 33. Nc4 <This accelerates the end. After 33. Nf3 Kf7! the king would have been included in the trapping of the knight.> Rxc4 34. Bxc4 Qf3+ 35. Ke1 Qc3+ White resigns.

Eduard Gufeld & Nikolai Kalinichenko: "An Opening Repertoire for the Positional Player." Cadogan Chess Books, London, 1997.

I would quibble with the Pc5 being described as a "protected passed c-pawn" as it is isolated, but this is probably a translation issue.

Sep-24-10  sevenseaman: Was Smyslov drugged? He played like a dummy alright. First he permits the b-file to be opened, then gets his Q extinguished for peanuts.

I can agree for Gufeld's brilliance but, but for Smyslov's stature in the game it would carry no weight.

Apr-01-12  BlackSheep: Gufeld has quite a few little gems to be looked at .
Apr-01-12  Granny O Doul: To chessaddict from seven years ago: No chance at all for a draw. After losing the bishop, White's a-pawn will soon fall.

Of course, by now you are probably a grandmaster and could teach me a thing or two.

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  Domdaniel: Khuligan! Hooligan! Yobbo! (Gufeld's play supposedly earned him one of these titles from Botvinnik).

<tpstar> - Hmm, some very good annotations there in your last couple of posts. One minor quibble is the very 1st word, 'curiously' - the coincidence is curious, I agree (that Capa's famous loss was in the same line), but I don't think there's anything 'curious' about 3.b4 - it's a mainline Reti, and I've played it several times myself.

What *is* curious, IMO, is the way this line turns up in different contexts. I have a book on the Orang-utan/ Sokolsky, where this line gets a chapter. As it does in Nigel Davies' book on the Reti, and in one of the SOS books edited by Bosch. It's even recommended in a DVD by Ramirez on the Reti.

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